Hembree Brandon

Editorial Director,
Farm Press

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues.

Robert Royal: Optimistic about cotton's recovery
When he was a boy, Robert Royal recalls, the cotton gin was a big part of the tiny town of Midnight, Miss., not far from the Humphreys County family farm where he grew up.
Improving grower economics is National Peanut Board leader’s goal
The core goal of the National Peanut Board is “improving grower economics, and developing ways to accomplish that,” says Bob Parker, the organization's new president and chief executive officer.
Joe Morgan: Peanut, cotton and corn rotation 'has been good for us’
Almost 50 years ago, young marrieds Joe and Patricia Morgan moved to a Forrest County, Miss., hilltop to farm 400 rented acres.
U.S. meat exports racking up banner numbers as Japan eases restrictions
Pig’s feet, beef tongue, hog intestines, hearts, and livers — while we in the U.S. may turn up our collective noses at the thought of chowing down on such things, these and other pork and beef parts are delicacies in other regions of the world and now constitute a major segment of the export market for U.S. meat, says Dan Halstrom.
Peanut growers facing serious acreage cut decisions
Incredible, mind-boggling yields for U.S. peanut producers last year left the industry with a worrisome carryover going into 2013 — which could bring acreage cutbacks of as much as 40 percent this year.
Boll weevil-free status must be guarded to prevent re-infestation
While cotton states east of Texas have been declared weevil-free following the years-long boll weevil eradication program, continued vigilance is needed to prevent re-infestation.
Fixing nation’s financial problems will have an impact on new farm bill
Congress’ failure to enact a new farm bill last year “isn’t all bad,” says Daniel Ulmer, legislative assistant to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., because the extension of the 2008 legislation continues direct and counter-cyclical payments and milk supports.
Clean water high court case poses threat to agriculture, timber operations
A case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court “is indicative of another attempt by environmentalists to run you out of business,” Washington, D.C., attorney Gary Baise told farmers attending the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s annual commodity conference.
China’s ‘extraordinary demand’ has buoyed soybean market
The U.S. is on track to have a very tight soybean carryout this year, due almost entirely due to the “extraordinary demand from China,
Grain markets beginning shift from tightness to ‘more relaxed’
It’s a tale of two markets, says David Glidewell — a transition from very tight world supplies of corn and soybeans and extremely good demand to “more relaxed markets and more plentiful supplies.”
China’s surprise purchases help ease pressure of huge peanut crop
A record 2012 U.S. peanut crop had the industry worried about a huge carryover that would depress prices.
Strong demand should help support cotton prices
The same conditions that took the cotton market to its highs in late January remain in place, says O. A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi State University Extension economics professor emeritus.
A pleasant surprise: Cotton prices stronger than expected
With the Chinese government sitting on a huge chunk of the current world cotton supply and an outlook for sharp acreage cutbacks in the U.S. this year, support should continue for prices in the 80-cent range
Irrigation Water Management tools can help producers more wisely use valuable resource
As irrigation continues to expand and pumping costs increase, producers can utilize a number of tools and services through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to help them more efficiently water their crops.
A 'slimy, smelly mess' at burndown, but giant radishes help Arkansas growers stem erosion
Winter soil erosion and blowing spring dust storms that further depleted soils and damaged young crop plants led Mike Taylor 20 years ago to start a program of cover crops on his Arkansas farm.
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