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.

Deadlines nearing for decisions on farm bill programs
Deadlines are nearing for decisions farmers need to make to comply with provisions of the new farm legislation, says Keith Coble, Mississippi State University professor who helped draft the farm bill.
Monitoring winter soil moisture, improving soil health can make irrigation more efficient 
Monitoring winter soil moisture with sensors extends the period when you can learn about the specific characteristics of your soil — its infiltration rate, profile, and storage capacity.
As farmers rely more on data, worries about privacy increase 
With the increasing adoption of precision agriculture technology, there have been a lot of questions about how to handle data privacy — but not many answers, says Terry Griffin, Griffin Consulting, Little Rock, Ark.
Farm Families of Mississippi promotional campaign continues to grow
"The concept for the Farm Families of Mississippi program was to tell stories we wanted told, in a positive way, to combat a lot of the sensationalism and misinformation that’s out there," says Hugh Arant, Leflore County, Miss., producer.
Big data increasingly permeating farmers’ lives 
“Today, big data permeates our lives,” says Barry Barnett, Mississippi State University professor of agricultural economics. "It offers opportunities to advance our understanding and control of problems that were previously considered intractable due to their complexity and the computational power required.”
Today’s farms awash in data: But what to do with it?
“Today, the average corn farmer in the U.S. generates about 26 megabytes of data per acre per year,” says John Fulton, but the majority of that data isn’t being captured for analysis and use on the farm.
Glover Triplett: A half-century of no-till research
Even with its widespread adoption, no-till is still a work in progress, says Glover Triplett, one of the practice's pioneers. Each year more insight is added to making the system more effective and efficient, he says.
Nominations sought for Mississippi spot on National Peanut Board
The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association is seeking nominations for an alternate position on the National Peanut Board. The election will be held Nov. 18.
With favorable weather, dryland high density corn can produce outstanding yields 1
With favorable weather, high population dryland corn can produce outstanding yields, says Brien Henry,associate professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University.
Technology an integral part of farming operations for Seward and Son
Seward and Son Planting Company at Louise, Miss., employs a sophisticated array of electronic technology for variable rate applications of chemicals and fertilizers, precision planting, equipment operation, irrigation control and monitoring, and data collection/analysis on their 2,300-acre operation.
Precision planting technology pays dividends for Jack and Brandon Huerkamp
“You’ve got to be careful to not be so dazzled by the bells and whistles of technology that you overlook the main reasons for buying it," says Mississippi farmer Jack Huerkamp. "The overriding consideration should be: Will it help me to do my work more efficiently, and will it make money for me?”
Nutrition benefits of peanuts focus of industry ad campaign
“People have a love affair with peanuts,” Sherry Coleman Collins told growers and industry representatives at the annual conference of the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, “and that represents valuable capital for our industry.”
Mississippi peanut field days scheduled in September
The Mississippi Peanut Growers Association will hold three field days in September, and growers are invited to attend and get a firsthand look at disease plots, insect trial results, and variety and cultural practices trials.
Outlook bright for 2014 Mississippi sweet potato crop
Mississippi sweet potato acreage for 2014 is up about 11 percent, and as harvest kicks off the market is strong, growers were told at the annual Mississippi Sweet Potato Field Day at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.
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.
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