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 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.
Narrow/twin rows can work well with peanuts
Studies in recent years have demonstrated that peanuts on 30-inch rows, or in twin-row spacing, can perform well, says Scott Tubbs, associate professor and cropping systems agronomist at the University of Georgia/Tifton.
Contamination, regulatory issues ongoing concerns for ginners
There needs to be an awareness — from the grower on through the processing chain — of the importance of keeping cotton contaminant-free, says Dwayne Alford, president, National Cotton Ginners Association.
As gin numbers decline, trained labor becomes scarcer
As the number of active U.S. cotton gins continues to contract, the challenge facing the industry may not be so much a loss of infrastructure as one of adequate labor when cotton acres rebound, says Tommy Valco.
Nematodes: Costly unknown for cotton growers
Many Mississippi cotton producers have nematode problems that are costing them yield and dollars, says Tom Allen, yet they often may not know they have the pests, or if they do they may not be correctly managing for them.
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