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.

‘A fine report card’ for cotton checkoff investment
The cotton checkoff program has kept cotton an economic fixture in the U.S., helping provide an economic return to growers' families and communities.
Crop insurance likely a key component of new farm bill
Crop insurance is expected to be a major component of the 2012 farm bill, says Keith Coble, professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University.
Elections, deficits will impact farm bill discussions
Billions in proposed cuts hanging over 2012 farm bill discussions
Weather and China will be key influences on cotton’s future
Cotton belt drought and China's cotton usage will be key influences on cotton's future
Estate planning an important tool to insure transfer of farm assets
Good estate planning now can equal big savings later and insure that your assets go where you want them to go.
Cuts to agriculture in the 2012 farm bill: Is it back to square one?
Writing the new farm bill with a Republican House, a Democrat Senate, and the 2012 presidential election hanging over everything that goes on in Washington “is going to be a little crazy,” says Dale W. Moore, American Farm Bureau Federation deputy executive director of public policy.
Education increasingly important to those seeking careers in ag
Greater use of technology in education will require more education, industry leader say.
‘A perfect storm’ for ag opponents to target farm programs for cuts
High commodity prices and deficit reduction create 'perfect storm' for cuts to ag programs
Changes outlined for cotton classing system, procedures
Several changes have taken place in the USDA cotton classing system, according to Keith Maloney, area director of the classing office at Dumas, Ark. “As of June 27, the Washington headquarters was moved to the Memphis USDA cotton complex,” he said at recent area meetings of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.
Compliance with labor rules important for ginners, farmers
Ginners and others who hire workers should be sure to comply with U.S. Department of Labor rules for salaries, overtime, bonuses, employment of migrant workers, and child labor. “We will be doing investigations this year to determine compliance,” says Eric Nash, investigator for the department’s Wage and Hour Division.
2012 farm bill may bring even deeper cuts for agriculture than in 2011
2012 farm bill may bring even deeper cuts for agriculture than in 2011, says Delta Council's Chip Morgan.
In eradication effort, entire Mid-South now declared weevil-free
In eradication effort, entire Mid-South now declared weevil-free
Budget will be dominant factor in crafting 2012 farm legislation
Budget will be dominant factor in crafting 2012 farm legislation, says National Cotton Council's Gary Adams.
Millions of abandoned cotton acres in Texas dampening U.S. outlook
“It looks like Texas is turning into a desert state,” says Carl G. Anderson, and the ongoing severe drought will have an adverse impact on what had promised to be a huge cotton production year. “At this time,' he says, "I’d estimate that 3 million of the 7.1 million acres planted this season will be abandoned — the largest abandonment since 1981.”
Lagging demand, bigger world crop may keep cotton in $1.10-$1.25 range
Record high cotton prices have dampened world demand for cotton products, slowing U.S. exports, and pointing to somewhat lower prices for this year’s crop, says O. A. Cleveland, Jr., Mississippi State University economics professor emeritus.
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