Hembree Brandon

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.

Articles
As China’s cotton acres shrink, door opens to more U.S. sales
China is growing less cotton, and that spells opportunity for U.S. cotton, says O.A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi State University economics professor emeritus.
Farm groups marshaling support to scrap EPA’s proposed water rule
Agricultural organizations are marshaling forces to defeat a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Corps of Engineers that would expand the regulatory authority of those agencies under the Clean Water Act, with significant impact on U.S. farming practices, they say.
Mississippi leads nation in herbicide-resistant weed species
Mississippi has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in the number of herbicide-resistant weed species, says Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University Extension associate professor of plant and soil sciences.
They’re everywhere! Armyworms chomping through Mississippi crops
Armyworms are everywhere in Mississippi this year, says Angus Catchot, Mississippi Extension entomology professor. "They're in bermudagrass pastures, rice, corn, cotton, soybeans, milo — they’re bad, and they’ve been coming since the beginning of May."
Large U.S. cotton crop potential dampening price outlook
A return to $1 cotton just isn’t in the cards, says O.A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi cotton analyst, and in fact, prices could drop to the 65-cent level for the December futures contract before recovering. But, he says, "I'm very bullish on 2015."
Delta farmers meet initial goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells
Producers in Mississippi’s Delta region have reached the first goal in the initial phase of a voluntary metering program for irrigation wells.
Mississippi project will provide winter water for wildlife
A Winter Water for Wildlife pilot project has been announced to assist private landowners in the Mississippi Delta with incentive payments to flood crop fields and manage wetland areas to provide habitat for migrating water birds.
The Collins brothers: lure of the land drew them home
Colin Collins and his brother David both got university degrees, but the call of the land drew them back to the Union County, Miss., farm that has been in their family since the 1830s when the bottom land adjacent to the Tallahatchie River was first opened for settlement.
Despite falling equipment costs, Mississippi solar adoption lags 1
“Our personal use of energy from fossil fuels is negligible,” says Will Hegman, who drives electric cars that he charges with a solar carport. Solar arrays also generate electricity that goes into the power grid to offset power used in his home and shop.
Delta irrigation well metering still short of goal
Fewer than half of the Mississippi Delta counties being asked to enroll in a voluntary metering program for irrigation wells have met the 5 percent goal, according to figures released May 7.
Mississippi program emphasizes guidelines for protecting bees
The Mississippi Honeybee Stewardship Program encompasses a set of standards or general operating suggestions targeting the state’s beekeepers, farmers, and other pesticide applicators.
Despite encroaching development, Boyds continue family farming
Development is farming's biggest competitor, says David Boyd, who farms with his son Matthew near Mississippi's capitol city, Jackson.
Agriculture's good times: Will they continue in 2014?
“Everyone knows things in agriculture tend to cycle up and down,” says Dundee, Miss., producer and Mississippi Land Bank board chairman. “Anybody who’s been in farming for any length of time knows hard times will come sooner or later, and there could be some 'bumps' ahead in 2014."
Steve Skelton: Overcoming tragedy to keep farm going
"Although I’d grown up on the farm, and farming was all I’d really ever known, I hadn’t been involved in the business end of it," says Mississippi farmer Steve Skelton. "When an accident incapacitated my father, I was suddenly faced with doing it all."
New farm bill
New farm bill: You’ll need to be better at managing risk
“Everyone — producers and lenders — is going to have to become more sophisticated about managing risk under the new farm bill,” says Keith Coble, Mississippi State University Extension professor of agricultural economics.
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