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.

Soybeans now a weather-driven market
“It’s a very exciting time to be a soybean producer,” says David Glidewell, Mid-South regional manager for ADM at Memphis.
Chinese cotton reserves helping support market price
With a record carryover from a record 2011 world cotton crop, the slide in prices could’ve been even steeper, says Hank Reichle, were it not for the 20 million bales of reserves being held off the market by the Chinese government.
Record cotton carryover hampering price upturn
“A year ago, I promised you a cotton market that was nothing but roses, with prices above $1, and all of a sudden you were hit with a market that nosedived to 65 cents and was struggling for its life,” O.A. Cleveland, Jr., told growers this week.
A lot of uncertainties surround 2012 peanut crop
A roller coaster ride — that’s how Marshall Lamb describes the peanut industry for the past decade starting with the 2002 farm bill.
Peanuts a welcome cropping alternative for many Mississippi growers
On a portion of the east Mississippi prairie land that was the site during World War II of a sprawling munitions production complex where 6,000 to 10,000 women packed shells for the U.S. military effort, a giant peanut buying/grading/shipping facility is racing to complete a $3 million expansion of its $10 million plant that expects to handle 24,000 to 30,000 tons of the state’s largest peanut crop since 1943.
One of the fastest deals ever: A new $6.5 million cotton gin in east Mississippi
Eleven days — that’s all it took for a group of east Mississippi cotton growers to go from talking stage to a signed, sealed, and financed deal to build a spanking new $6.5 million state of the art cotton gin in Noxubee County.
Alabama's Dee River Ranch: state of the art irrigation technology on display
A new irrigation system on Dee River Ranch utilizes Internet "cloud" communications to control and monitor up to 15 center pivots, providing water tailored to crop needs and weather conditions.
Ag's ‘golden age’ threatened by input costs, and economic, political uncertainties
With good crops and good prices in 2011, many Mississippi farmers were able to pay off or substantially pay down loans, says Abbott Myers, chairman of the board of Mississippi Land Bank.
Timing of moisture stress ‘critical’ for corn productivity
Corn yield potential has been reduced in Mississippi the past couple of years because of “serious environmental limitations,” says Erick Larson, associate Extension and research professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University
Mississippi corn growers fighting herbicide-resistant Italian ryegrass
Herbicide-resistant Italian ryegrass is becoming “a serious problem” in some areas of Mississippi and is now in 18 counties in the state.
Elections, deficits will impact farm bill discussions
As hearings and discussions resume on crafting the 2012 farm bill, the threat of $30 billion to $35 billion being chopped out of agricultural programs hangs over the negotiations.
Weather, China will be key influences on cotton’s future
Though they’re more than a dozen time zones apart, what happens with Texas’ ongoing drought and what China does in terms of rebuilding its cotton reserves will be key influences on the cotton market in the months ahead.
Estate planning an important tool to insure transfer of farm assets
George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, died in 2010. Had he died in 2009 or 2011, his family might not have been able to continue its ownership of the team because of estate taxes.
Compliance with labor rules critical for ginners, farmers
Ginners and others who hire workers should be sure to comply with U.S. Department of Labor rules for salaries, overtime, bonuses, employment of migrant workers, and child labor.
Forest conference will spotlight bioenergy uses
The 31st Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference will be held June 13-16 at the Imperial Palace Resort and Spa at Biloxi, Miss. A June 14 session on “Biomass and Biofuels Production” will be of particular interest to landowners, timber producers, and the general public interested in gaining a better knowledge of how renewable biomass production fits into the production of bioenergy and biofuels.
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