Roy Roberson

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.

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Peanut award winners talk about challenges
The 2010 Peanut Profitability Award winners sat down recently to discuss peanut production and some of the challenges
Richard Rentz - Upper Southeast PPA winner
Richard Rentz grows three different peanut crops — they’re all peanuts, but each is a little different. Peanuts have
Innovation improves cotton profitability
Some of his neighbors said it was innovative; others said it was insane, but regardless of what you call it planting
Pre-conditioning can make cotton defoliation easier
As many growers in the Southeast found out recently, picking cotton in January is not a good idea. Thanks to a wicked
Managing weed, insect resistance in cotton critical
Managing resistant insects and weeds goes well beyond being important, say Roger Leonard and Stanley Culpepper — it is
Mike Griffin wins Southeast High Cotton Award
Working his way up the ranks as a nuclear electrician at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard was hard work. Leaving that career
Crumpler is PPA winner for Upper Southeast
Producing 5,700 pounds of peanuts per acre is just part of the success story of Suffolk, Va. farmer John Crumpler — the
Peanut growers hear salmonella update
Speaking to an over-flow crowd at the recent South Carolina Peanut Growers annual meeting, Marie Fenn, managing
Fertilizer efficiency critical to managing costs
The cost and availability of fertilizer took an unprecedented roller coaster ride in 2008, leaving many farmers
Global demand still driving nitrogen prices
Southwest farmers can expect nitrogen prices to remain high in the coming years, primarily due to limited increases in
Managing risk key to farming in 2009
In many cases during 2008, farmers planted a crop not knowing how much it would cost to grow the crop, but banking on
Profitability a long-time tradition for South Carolina peanut grower
Armed with a degree in history and love for sports, William McElveen set out early in life to teach and
Profitability a long-time tradition for William McElveen
Armed with a degree in history and love for sports, William McElveen set out early in life to teach and coach. Several
No-till successful for North Carolina cotton growers
Growing no-till cotton in eastern North Carolina is still far from the norm, but for Trenton, N.C., growers Mike and
World population trends favor farming and farmers
If current population trends continue, our world will face the challenge in the next 10-15 years of feeding another
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