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 by Hembree Brandon
Matt Ormon: He took a chance on a farming career
“As young as I was, it may have been a little foolish to take on the responsibility of full-time farming, but thankfully, it has worked out well,” says Matt Ormon.
Mississippi agritourism asks 'go-to' assistance
Mississippi farmers need a full-time "go-to" person to provide assistance with the state's rapidly growing agritourism industry, says Jo Lynn Mitchell, whose family row crop operation also attracts thousands of paying visitors each year.
Adam Whalen honored with Mississippi consultants scholarship
Adam Whalen, a graduate student at Mississippi State University, has been awarded the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association’s Outstanding Agriculture Student scholarship for 2014.
Wild hogs a rapidly multiplying menace for agriculture
There is no place in Mississippi that wild hogs can’t colonize, says Bronson Strickland. "As long as they’re within a day’s reach of water, they can thrive.”
Mississippi bee stewardship program establishes cooperative guidelines
In an effort to be proactive in advancing educational efforts leading to sustainable practices that are beneficial to beekeepers and producers, Mississippi agricultural and beekeeper organizations have developed cooperative standards for protecting pollinator insects.
Protecting pollinators: Mississippi organizations develop guidelines
The Mississippi Bee Stewardship Program, rolled out recently, sets basic cooperative standards agreed to by the beekeepers and ag organizations in the state.
Farm bill ‘brings stability’ to high risk agriculture
Farmers have "a tremendous job" in learning about changes they are going to face "very soon" as a result of passage of the new farm bill, says Randy Knight, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation president.
The drug culture: societal, economic toll remains high
The illegal sale and use of prescription medications is a major problem in Mississippi, says Jimmy Nichols, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. “We’re working more cases on prescription meds than anything else.”
Mississippi Farm Bureau honors two for kids' learning event
“Kids could see farm animals up close, and they could interact with farmers and various ag experts to learn about Mississippi crops, forestry, and livestock,” says Julie White of the Farmtastic ag educational event.
As U.S. eats less meat, market potential will hinge on exports
The U.S. meat industry will have to be very conscientious long term about cultivating export markets because U.S. consumers are eating less meat on a per capita basis, says John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation.
Mississippi Farm Bureau honors Hyde-Smith and Naron for service
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation has presented two of its top awards for 2013 to Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and Bolivar County farmer Robert Naron.
Two Mississippi legislators honored by Farm Bureau
Legislation not specific to agriculture can have an impact on the sector, say two Mississippi lawmakers honored by the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.
Belatedly, beef expansion may be under way
Falling corn prices have provided support for calf prices, and the beef sector may be in the initial phase of expansion, says John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation deputy chief economist.
Looking ahead: soybeans will drive commodity markets
“It looks like soybeans will be driving the train in terms of what’s going on in the markets for the next year or year and a half," says John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation deputy chief economist.
Competition by other countries may alter U.S. corn planning
Increasing competition by other corn-producing countries is a factor that U.S. growers will have to consider in their cropping plans in years ahead, says John Anderson, American Farm Bureau Federation deputy chief economist, Washington.
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