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.

Healthy eating, including peanuts, can help with diabetes, obesity
Scientists have found that eating a daily serving of peanuts can actually counteract diabetes risk factors and aid in weight loss, says Malcolm Broome, executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
New high oleic varieties may be future for peanuts
New high oleic peanut varieties are “where the industry may be heading,” says Jason Sarver, Mississippi State University assistant Extension/research professor.
Mississippi sweet potatoes — strong demand as harvest starts
With Mississippi’s sweet potato harvest in full swing, demand for the tasty tuber is strong, according to reports at the annual Sweet Potato Field Day held at the Mississippi State University Pontotoc Ridge/Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.
A dubious honor: Mississippi ranks No. 1 in glyphosate-resistant weeds 1
Mississippi leads the nation in the number of glyphosate-resistant weeds, says Darrin Dodds, and pigweed (Palmer amaranth) is now at the top of that list.
PeanutFARM a new decision-making tool
PeanutFARM, new technology in development, may soon allow Mid-South peanut growers to make decisions on irrigation scheduling and digging with greater accuracy and ease.
More Mississippi research focused on peanuts
Insect control related to peanuts has increasingly been the focus of research in Mississippi, says Jeff Gore, Extension/research professor at the Delta Research and Extension Center.
Mississippi continues boll weevil-free status
The last boll weevil trapped in Mississippi was in 2008, and the state is now in its sixth year of weevil-free status, says Farrell Boyd, manager of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Eradication Corporation.
EPA/Corps/NRCS alliance spells trouble, Rep. Crawford says
A "regulatory triad” composed of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service holds the potential for a lot of headaches for agriculture, says Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford
EPA/Corps/NRCS alliance spells trouble for farmers, Rep. Crawford says 3
A “regulatory triad” composed of the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service holds the potential for a lot of headaches for agriculture, says Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford.
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 1
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.
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