Roy Roberson

Associate Editor, Southeast Farm Press

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of the agricultural communications program at Auburn and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Between stints at Auburn University, Roberson worked for several years as an account manager for Fletcher/Mayo and Associates, which at that time was the largest agricultural marketing and public relations company in the U.S. He also worked for nearly five years as Southeast marketing and public relations coordinator for Swanson-Rollheiser-Holland, an Omaha, Nebraska-based agricultural advertising and public relations company. In addition to his current position on the editorial staff of Southeast Farm Press, Roberson is former editor and publisher of Southern Pulp and Paper Magazine and was part of the team that created the Atlanta-based Southeast edition of Ad Week. Roberson grew up in rural east Alabama and earned bachelor and masters degrees in journalism and mass communication from Auburn University.

Posts by Roy Roberson

record, rainfall, Southeast, 2014, crop, problems
in Farm Press Blog Nov 04, 2013

Record rainfall leaves lasting footprint on Southeast agriculture

Once in a lifetime rainfall in South Carolina's Low Country and other parts of the Southeast last spring and summer has left lasting problems for....More
drones, mapping, crops, wealth, information
in Farm Press Blog Oct 24, 2013

On-farm remote sensing will be more valuable in the future

In about 30 minutes the drone had mapped a 100 acre or so field of soybeans, providing a wealth of information about the crop....More
Government, shutdown, food, supply, safety
in Farm Press Blog Oct 02, 2013

Government shutdown endangers nation's food supply

The ongoing Federal government shutdown is a man-made disaster, but few in Congress seem willing to compromise enough to make the ever-looming larger....More
Tom, Isleib, peanut, breeder, North-Carolina, survived, stroke
in Farm Press Blog Sep 16, 2013

Tom Isleib: A profile in courage

North Carolina State University peanut breeder Tom Isleib beat a life-threatening stroke and continues to develop new varieties for growers in the....More
heavy, rainfall, crops, Southeast, damage, flooding
in Farm Press Blog Sep 11, 2013

Wet weather too much for some crops

Mother Nature has shown her rainy side, and in some instances it’s been a very gloomy story this year....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 28, 2013

Soybean Rust Army ready in the Upper Southeast

Asian soybean rusts is further north in late August than ever before, and combined with late planted double crop beans, it poses a bigger risk than....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 22, 2013

The high cost of farming

Despite the hoopla about millionaire farmers, few are getting rich these days as the cost of crop and livestock inputs soar to record levels....More
North-Carolina, blacklands, farm, managers, tour
in Farm Press Blog Aug 12, 2013

Overflow crowd attends North Carolina field day

They put together a top notch program, ordered up good weather and farmers came by the hundreds to the Blacklands Farm Managers Tour....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 31, 2013

We've come a long way baby

Scratch the surface of most long careers in agricultural journalism and somewhere in the past is a job at a daily or weekly newspaper....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 22, 2013

Carolina Low Country coping with historic rainfall

Mother Nature has unleashed a wicked brew of rainfall, combined with cool cloudy weather, which has cut acreage of peanuts and cotton and threatens....More
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