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.

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.
Developing nations major contributors to pollution, climate change emissions
“The U.S. is rapidly decarbonizing and reducing its energy consumption," says Richard Carson, economics professor at the University of California, San Diego. "Almost all the problems that will occur in the future will happen in a relatively small number of big developing countries," he says.
Feeding a growing world points to need for ag chemicals, GMOs 2
Opponents of agri-chemicals and transgenic crops, are determined to thwart proliferation of those technologies in developing countries where food needs are great, says Leonard Gianessi, consultant for The CropLife Foundation, Washington.
Producer decisions can mean profit or loss for peanuts
“Early stand establishment is key to the entire peanut production scenario,” says Scott Tubbs, “and seeding rate is probably the factor over which you have the most direct control."
More wells need in voluntary metering program
As of mid-March, only six of 17 Mississippi Delta counties had met the goal of 5 percent voluntary metering of irrigation water wells.
Ag chemicals, GMOs critical to increase world food output 2
Herbicides, insecticides, and GMO crops will be vital to meeting the needs of another two billion people on planet Earth by the year 2020, says Leonard Gianessi, consultant for the CropLife Foundation, Washington, D.C.
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