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.

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.
Levee Board appeals decision on Yazoo pumping station
Mississippi Levee Board files appeal of court ruling on Yazoo Backwater pumping station project.
Federal budget cuts threaten vital waterways, infrastructure
Decades of progress by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in flood control and navigation in the lower Mississippi River Valley are threatened with “being decimated or eliminated” due to federal budget cuts.
Agriculture shipments would feel pinch of budget cuts for Corps of Engineers maintenance of waterways
Mid-South agriculture could be adversely affected by federal budget cuts that would reduce funding for maintenance and improvements to the rivers, streams, and lakes under control of the U.S. Corps of Engineers in the Mississippi River Valley.
Farmland boom: potential for credit problems down the road?
“Farmland has clearly been a preferred asset class in an era when many other asset classes have stumbled as a result of the financial crisis. But the key question is, what lies ahead after this historic boom?”
USDA’s Merrigan: ‘A reliable food supply is integral to peace, liberty’
A reliable food supply is “integral to peace and liberty,” says Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan, and she told students at Mississippi State University "it is important that your generation understand how complex our food system actually is.”
Commodities bull 'has a good bit more life'
The bull market in commodities has "a good bit more life," says Mississippi economist O.A. Cleveland, Jr.
Ginning industry: 'A full agenda of issues'
Ginning industry facing 'a full agenda' of issues as new congressional committees begin work
Promotions bring positive results for U.S. rice
Industry promotions bring positive results for U.S. rice in Mexico, Central America
Sharp cutback expected in Mississippi rice acres
Price competition from other crops expected to bring a reduction in Mississippi rice acres in 2011
Educating Congress on agriculture: crafting a new farm bill
U.S. agriculture — and particularly southern agriculture — faces perhaps the most daunting challenge in decades to get its message before Congress and the administration, says Chip Morgan, executive vice president of the Delta Council at Stoneville, Miss. With the crafting of the 2012 farm bill in the hands of predominantly non-southern House and Senate Agriculture Committee members, many of them brand new to Congress, “our challenge is to make a concentrated effort to educate the new members about the importance of agriculture and to emphasize to them that one policy may not fit all segments of agriculture,” he says.
Dwindling supplies, strong demand: higher grain prices
Dwindling supplies and strong demand are pointing to higher grain prices, says Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services.
Cotton has joined Hit Parade price party
Cotton has joined the Hit Parade price party that grains have been enjoying in recent years, a veteran cotton analyst says.
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