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.

Sweet potato leader says: Agriculture needs Congress to resolve labor issues
"The labor regulation system is broken; Congress knows it’s broken,” says Kay Rentzel, executive director of the U.S. Sweet Potato Council. “We need the labor situation fixed."
Mississippi specialists say Bt soybean technology ‘impressive,’ but not available to U.S. growers
Bt soybeans, widely planted in South America but not available in the U.S., will offer Mississippi growers another option for control of caterpillar species if the technology is approved here.
New cotton technologies expand options for Mississippi growers
Mississippi cotton growers can look forward to more tools for weed and insect control from new technologies now moving toward commercialization.
Herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum holds promise for Mississippi growers
A new herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum, Inzen Z, may help make the crop more practical and profitable for Mississippi growers.
Agriculture’s challenge: How to counter lack of trust in today’s food system 1
Trying to win public opinion with information about science, economics, or best management practices “just doesn’t resonate with consumers," says Allyson Perry, Center for Food Integrity. "They don’t want to hear it.”
Formaldehyde, anyone? More contamination in fish from Vietnam/China
Testing found “unnaturally high amounts of formaldehyde in four of 15 samples of imported frozen white fish species purchased in national food retail store branches in Greensboro, N.C.”
New weed management technologies will require additional safeguards
With new dicamba and 2,4-D technologies expected to be available to Mississippi growers in 2016, requirements for their use will be more stringent than for current restricted use chemistries, says John Campbell.
Late Mississippi cotton crop starts catching up
Weather delays have caused wide variability in growth of Mississippi's 2015 cotton crop, says Darrin Dodds, but in early July the crop was beginning to catch up.
cotton boll
Now it’s Turkey: Trade policy issues still plague cotton sector
U.S. cotton co-ops and private merchants have been dealing since October with an investigation launched by the Turkish government alleging dumping of American cotton into Turkey.
cotton boll weevil
Mississippi remains weevil-free, but south Texas still a hot spot
Mississippi is now in its seventh year of zero boll weevils, says Farrell Boyd, program manager for the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation.
As farm bill implementation proceeds challenges remain for U.S. cotton
“We have to remain diligent to protect cotton’s interests as implementation of the farm bill moves forward,” says Gary Adams, president and chief executive officer, National Cotton Council.
Farm bill implementation continues to challenge
Even though implementation is still under way for programs in the 2014 farm bill, there are “already amendments being introduced in Congress to try and weaken the legislation,” says Gary Adams, National Cotton Council.
New technologies to offer growers more cotton management options 1
Off-target movement and sprayer hygiene will be critical for dicamba and 2,4-D cotton technology, says Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Be observant of resistance issues with key cotton pests
Adverse spring weather and planting delays have resulted in a somewhat abnormal insect situation for cotton growers this spring, says Mississippi Extension Entomologist Angus Catchot.
Monitor cotton square retention for insecticide effectiveness
Growers sometimes think they have insecticide failure with plant bug control, says Angus Catchot, Mississippi Extension entomologist, but the best way to determine this is through square retention.
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