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.

Celebrating 50 years: The Cotton Research and Promotion Act
“American cotton has enjoyed a lot of success with this program,” says Bill Gillon of the Cotton Research and Promotion Act since it's creation in 1966.
Grants, loans available for ag renewable energy systems
USDA’s Rural Development Agency is making grants toward the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements.
New chemistries are few; judicious use important
The dearth of new materials in the pipeline makes it important, says Darrin Dodds, that growers protect the materials and technologies they now have.
Cooperation between Mississippi beekeepers and farmers pays dividends
“Everything related to pesticides these days revolves around the potential impact on pollinators," says Angus Cachot, Mississippi Extension entomologist.
In Mississippi, the boll weevil is still without a home
“I'm relatively confident we’re in an excellent position to go through another cotton season in Mississippi without finding a weevil or a damaged square," says Farrell Boyd.
Boll weevil battles rage on outside the U.S.
“Brazilian cotton farmers were making 25 to 30 applications for boll weevils,” says Angus Cachet, Mississippi State University. "It’s unbelievable how bad the weevils were."
Checks are in the mail for ginning cost share program
Cotton producers have started receiving checks for their certified acres in the ginning cost share program — what amounts to “rocket speed for the government,” says Craig Brown, National Cotton Council.
Cotton’s fortunes still center on China and ‘chemical fibers’
“China is still driving the cotton market. China will continue to drive the cotton market," says O.A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi State University Extension agricultural economics professor emeritus.
Farm loans still relatively cheap, but repayment more challenging
“Many farmers who are in precarious financial situations may face forced sales, and a depressed equipment market certainly won’t improve matters.”
Mississippi cropland values mostly unchanged, cash rents declining
Farmland prices in the Mississippi Delta were relatively flat fro 2015 to 2016, but cash rents were adjusting downward, according to a Mississippi State University survey.
International cotton group honors Mississippi's Jack McCarty
Dr. Jack C. McCarty, Jr., USDA/ARS research agronomist, was honored as the International Cotton Advisory Committee’s Researcher of the Year at the organization's conference in Brazil.
Interest rates may hold until after presidential election
"While I think interest rates are going to have to go up, I don’t think we’ll see it until after the election is over," says Abbott Myers, Mississippi Land Bank.
Farm Credit System celebrating a century of service to agriculture
The Farm Credit System is “a good example of what the federal government can do when it does things right,” says Abbott Myers, chairman of the board of Mississippi Land Bank.
Reliable credit a valuable resource for farmers
Mississippi Land Bank Chairman Abbott Myers talks about the 100th anniversary of the Farm Credit System and what it has meant to the nation's farmers.
2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album: Part 4
This photo gallery includes a cross-section of exhibitors, attendees, and those who took part in various seminars, informational sessions, FFA food packaging, and recognition events held in conjunction with the show.
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