Roy Roberson

Associate Editor,
Southeast Farm Press

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of the agricultural communications program at Auburn and assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. Between stints at Auburn University, Roberson worked for several years as an account manager for Fletcher/Mayo and Associates, which at that time was the largest agricultural marketing and public relations company in the U.S. He also worked for nearly five years as Southeast marketing and public relations coordinator for Swanson-Rollheiser-Holland, an Omaha, Nebraska-based agricultural advertising and public relations company. In addition to his current position on the editorial staff of Southeast Farm Press, Roberson is former editor and publisher of Southern Pulp and Paper Magazine and was part of the team that created the Atlanta-based Southeast edition of Ad Week. Roberson grew up in rural east Alabama and earned bachelor and masters degrees in journalism and mass communication from Auburn University.

Textile trade war puts cotton growers in tough spot
A trade war, with ever increasing importance to U.S. cotton growers and textile workers, continues to brew.
Vilsack says Congress should do its job, let farmers do theirs
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack received a thunderous ovation from a standing room only crowd at the recently completed Commodity Classic when he admonished the U.S. Congress to, “Forget about your party, forget about the people who paid for your last campaign, forget about your next campaign, and just do your job.”
Winning the blend in China is big for U.S. cotton growers
China is the biggest buyer of U.S. grown cotton and of long-term critical importance to the industry is convincing the Chinese to use more cotton in their domestic production.
King Cotton and Prince Peanut expecting tough times in 2013
Cotton and peanuts have traditionally been among crop royalty in the South. Historically, if cotton is to be called king, surely peanuts would be the crown prince, but both are likely to face severe challenges for acreage in the upcoming 2013 planting season.
New herbicide technology in pipeline for cotton, soybeans
Soybean and cotton growers are likely to get some new weed control technology over the next 2-3 years and using it properly is going to be critical to both its early success and its longevity.
Former Peanut Profitability winners saw record crops in 2012
Fifty-five inches of rain from planting until harvest is too much rain for any farmer, even a dryland peanut producer.
Linwood Vick is 2013 Farm Press High Cotton Award winner for Southeast region
He’s the quintessential modern day, young farmer: cell phone in one hand, explaining tobacco harvesting instructions in Spanish, and office phone in the other, explaining spraying information for cotton in English.
Economists say 2013 will be good for farmers
Grain prices will likely again drive U.S. agriculture in 2013, according to several speakers at the recent Tennessee agriculture leadership forum, made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America.
What to do with all these peanuts?
Prior to the 2012 planting season, peanut marketing experts warned growers against over-planting.
Hurricane Sandy brushes Virginia, Carolina crops
“It could have been bad — really bad,” says veteran North Carolina Crop Consultant Bill Peele in Washington N.C., referring to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Large peanut, cotton crops pressuring prices, acreage outlook
Too much cotton and too many peanuts has kept prices low throughout the 2012 growing season and the economic outlook isn't too rosy for next year as both crops seem headed toward large, if not record, crops this year.
High tech sensors key to crop moisture index
Cotton Incorporated and the USDA have combined to study a high tech, real time system of monitoring soil moisture that will provide much more accurate production information for official variety testing programs around the country — and it could provide valuable data for growers further down the road.
Are high grain prices good for anyone?
Some well regarded economists contend $20 a bushel soybeans and $10 a bushel corn and wheat are not only possible, but likely for this year and beyond.
Solving energy problems key to agriculture’s future
“To produce good crops farmers must have good weather, water and fertilizer — but the common denominator is energy,” says former USDA Under-Secretary of Agriculture Gale Buchanan.
App technology helps gin track cotton modules
These days it seems there is an app for most everything and modern day agriculture is no different. For sure with cotton: There’s an app for that!
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