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.

Posts by Hembree Brandon

in Farm Press Blog Aug 25, 2012

U.S. energy independence by 2020? Uhh, haven’t we heard this before?

Our energy appetite is voracious — and Mideast oil is, for the foreseeable future, the easiest way to feed that hunger....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 20, 2012

Killing those awful earmarks: And just whose ox got gored?

There is no little irony that some of the states whose populace so enthusiastically championed abolishment of congressional earmarks had been among....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 14, 2012

Alphabet soup: New farm legislation will offer an expanded roster of programs

“We’re going to have to educate some folks in the banking industry and financial sector on what these new government programs will and won’t do,”....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 19, 2012

Private sector investment increasing for ag research and development

Private sector firms have become major players in developing new innovations worldwide, according to a new USDA report on investments in agricultural....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 05, 2012

Low interest rates and strong commodity prices helping fuel farmland demand

While Mid-South farmland prices haven’t attained anywhere near the astronomical levels of the Midwest, prices have risen to levels that would’ve been....More
in Farm Press Blog May 21, 2012

GPS roulette: Oh, the (unintended) sights the Map Goddess provides

While portable GPS units can be reasonably accurate in a city, it’s an entirely different story out in rural areas....More
in Farm Press Blog May 15, 2012

T. Boone Picken’s energy gospel part 2: natural gas as a bridge to the future

“Natural gas will do everything we want it to do,” says T. Boone Pickens. “It’s 130-octane fuel, it’s 25 percent cleaner than oil — and we have an....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 05, 2012

At what cost the disconnect between agriculture and the public?

There is an increasing disconnect between boots-on-the-ground agriculture, the consumer public, and those who write farm programs, enact rules and....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 22, 2012

Goodbye, Scarlett…

None of us knows where the path that is life will take us — the hills, valleys, plains we’ll confront. Some are granted a long journey....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 08, 2012

From the e-mailbag: some rebuttals on exporting of U.S. oil and fuels

“This implies that evil Big Oil will shaft the American consumer no matter what the supply. What do you have to say to those who use the same....More
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