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.

Grower participation in politics vital for peanuts and ag, lobbyist says
Farmers need to become more involved in the political process if they want to continue to have meaningful government farm programs, says Bob Redding, The Redding Firm, Washington, D.C.
Mississippi Peanut Growers memorial scholarship honors Don Self
A scholarship honoring the late Don Self, Hamilton, Miss., peanut producer and National Peanut Board member, has been created by the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Mississippi Ag Consultants award scholarship to Christian Good
Christian Lee Good, a Macon, Miss., junior at Mississippi State University, is the recipient of the 2015 scholarship awarded by the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association.
Declining groundwater a concern for farmers in Mississippi Delta
Declining groundwater levels are increasingly a concern in the Mississippi Delta, and farmers need to be proactive in dealing with the situation to avoid the potential for onerous regulations.
Despite oversupply, U.S. peanut producers may boost acres
U.S. peanut producers are going to have to learn to live with production and price volatility, says Marshall Lamb, research leader at the USDA/ARS National Peanut Research Laboratory at Dawson, Ga.
Advice to cotton growers: Don’t skimp on crop fertility
With 63-cent cotton, and lower prices for other Mid-South crops, there may be a tendency for growers to cut back on fertility, says Darrin Dodds.
Tucker Miller III named to Ag Consultants Hall of Fame
The Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association has inducted Drew, Miss., consultant Tucker Miller III into its Hall of Fame.
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association elects Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan, Hattiesburg, Miss., has been elected 2015 president of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Irrigation tool could save billions of gallons of water
If all Delta crops irrigated with polypipe used a simple water management tool, Pipe Planner, it could reduce water usage from the alluvial aquifer by as much as one trillion gallons.
Walter Field: Move to row crops ‘was like being thrown to the wolves’
Shuqualak, Miss., farmer Walter Field says his venture into row crops four years ago "was like being thrown to the wolves. I had no row crop experience, I had no equipment, no equity. But with the high commodity prices in that period, I felt there was an opportunity."
Sugarcane aphid a threat to Mississippi grain sorghum
In just one year, the sugarcane aphid spread from only one grain sorghum field in Mississippi to every county in the state that was growing the crop.
Farm bill brings changes for peanut producers
How well peanut revenue insurance will work is yet to be seen, says Keith Coble, but "it’s something producers need to be asking their crop insurance agents about,” he said at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Sugarcane aphid potentially devastating to grain sorghum
Anyone planning to grow grain sorghum this year needs to be aware of what can happen with the sugarcane aphid and how it can affect their crop budget, says Angus Catchot,Mississippi State University Extension professor of entomology and plant pathology.
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association 2015 annual meeting photos
Mississippi Peanut Growers Association members heard the latest on marketing, acreage, and supply issues at their 2015 annual meeting at Hattiesburg, Miss.
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.
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