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.

New technology pushing demand for U.S. cotton
There was an instantaneous roar of applause from the 100 or so cotton farmers attending a recent tour of Cotton Incorporated.
Vic Swinson: Peanut Profitability winner for Upper Southeast Region
Vic Swinson, this year’s Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Upper Southeast, now farms 1,500 to 1,800 acres of peanuts and several thousand acres of grain crops.
Module building picker numbers increasing across Belt
Pick a color — red or green, and you can guess about as good as anyone as to how popular the new Case IH and John Deere cotton pickers with on-board module builders will be in 2011.
Cotton industry leaders still bullish on prices
Cotton buyers, shippers and warehouse managers attending the recent 88th annual meeting of the Atlantic Cotton Association were asked to estimate the high and low price of cotton over the 2011-2012 cotton production/marketing season.
Deadly tornadoes rip through North Carolina farm country
More than 60 tornadoes cut an erratic path on Saturday from south-central North Carolina northeastward to the Virginia line, leaving 21 dead and untold dollars in property damage.
Cotton's hot streak continues
Anthony Tancredi has been in the cotton business a long time. Never, he says, has he seen anything like the cotton market over the past year.
USDA, specialists disagree on peanut acreage dip
Despite high prices and early contract offers, peanut specialists around the peanut belt contend acres will still be down in 2011.
Cotton growers getting boost from growth of U.S. textiles
Cotton growers are riding an unbelievable hot streak. Prices are high and climbing, demand for cotton products worldwide is growing and production in the U.S. may come close to 13 million acres in 2011.
Planter, sprayer maintenance a part of expected big pay day
The 2011 planting season will be historic because of the record, or near record low stocks of soybeans, wheat and corn and a planned increase of something close to two million acres of cotton.
Economist says U.S. farmers set for 'big day'
Foreign markets are opening up quickly for U.S. farm goods, as is reflected by the current high prices for U.S. grown crops.
Vegetable growers lose, gain insecticides for 2011
Speaking at the recent Southeastern Fruit and Vegetable Growers meeting in Savannah, University of Georgia Entomologist Alton ‘Stormy’ Sparks said he had to change the title of his presentation — New Insecticides in Vegetables — because there are no new chemistries coming to the market this year.
Key to global food security is good plant health
Food security has long been a challenge for farmers, but in the future it will be the focus of an ongoing life and death battle by farmers and agribusiness to produce enough food to feed our planet.
Growers compare costs of conventional, OBMB pickers
When the first cotton pickers with on-board module building capability came on the market, the half million-plus price tag scared most cotton farmers in the Southeast. Now, the price is still high, but the economics look a little different.
Technology key to feeding world
By 2030 Planet Earth will have to produce 50 percent more food than we currently produce in order to feed the projected world population at that time.
Super weeds put USDA on hotseat
The U.S. Congress got an earful from farmers, university researchers and pro-food groups during the first round of
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