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

in Farm Press Blog Sep 21, 2012

It's the drought, not farmers pushing up food prices

I had a chance to visit a couple of farms in Nebraska and Iowa recently and got a real close up and personal look at what impact this year’s drought....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 02, 2012

Ford developing car parts from crops, crop residues

I want to enjoy driving around in my Ford Mustang, and I’m proud to say there may be beans in my Ford....More
in Farm Press Blog May 24, 2012

Why are corn yields declining in Virginia?

There is no doubt corn yields across America have gone up over the past 50-60 years....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 10, 2012

Osage Bio: A good idea gone bad

For a couple of years the struggle to build an ethanol plant in Virginia seemed like just another ‘us against the world’ struggle by agriculture to....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 19, 2012

Have a contract in hand before planting peanuts

Every year around the first of February I attend the South Carolina Peanut Board’s annual meeting....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 17, 2012

Migrant labor laws crippling Southeast agriculture

Federal legislation concerning migrant labor is a potential crippler of the agriculture industry in the U.S....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 12, 2012

Labor laws hurting more than agriculture

Amidst state enactment of highly restricted migrant labor laws comes announcement by the Department of Labor that new, equally restrictive, Federal....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 29, 2011

A farmer's profile in courage

I spent a few minutes with Karen and Dalton Dildine during the tour, and I left wondering how any person can dig deep enough into their inner....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 18, 2011

Marauding insects underscore need for Land-Grants

Brown marmorated stink bugs, commonly called Asian stink bugs, are moving from north to south and have already made it from Pennsylvania to central....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 04, 2011

Winter crop competition heating up in South Carolina

It’s no secret the battle for acreage will be intense in the Southeast in spring of 2012, however, a brisk battle is looming in South Carolina over....More
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