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.

US timber industry takes major hit after housing collapse
U.S. timber and lumber sales have taken a major hit as a result of the housing bubble collapse and the economic recession that began in 2008 and it may be 2015/2016 before housing starts boost demand to pre-recession levels.
Crop insurance may be cornerstone of next farm bill
Crop insurance may be the cornerstone of the next farm bill. The U.S. had 264 million acres covered nationwide last year —more acres than ever before. Total premiums paid and total coverage slashed all previous records. The U.S. had $4.5 billion in premiums paid and total coverage of $114 billion, roughly 20 percent more than the previous record.
Cotton checkoff program continuing to pay excellent dividends
Since the establishment of the checkoff program in 1966, the continuing vision of cotton producers and industry leaders has kept cotton an economic fixture in the U.S., helping provide an economic return to their families and communities.
Agriculture cuts hanging over farm bill negotiations
As hearings and discussions resume on crafting the 2012 farm bill, the threat of $30 billion to $35 billion being chopped out of agricultural programs hangs over the negotiations.
US drought and Chinese reserves key for cotton market
Cotton exports may be up slightly this coming season. The increase would come largely as a result of the drop anticipated in planted acres in China and around the globe because of strong soybean and corn prices. China may concentrate more acres on grain crops, because they’re still trying to get a better hold on their food supply situation.
Charitable giving should be part of estate plan
Want to keep some of your hard-earned money from going to the tax man when you die, and accomplish some good at the same time? You can accomplish both goals as a part of your estate planning by making gifts of money or other assets to your church, your alma mater, or your favorite charities.
Farm assets protected by estate planning 1
A goal of estate planning is to make sure we get our assets to those we want to have them, with minimum shrinkage due to costs, taxes, or other expenses, and to do it with maximum security — to know that all the necessary documents are in force, that we’ve established a way to pay for expenses, and that we’ve tried to reduce those expenses as much as possible.
Is it back to square one for agriculture cuts?
When the “Super Committee” on debt reduction failed to come up with its assigned task of developing at least $1.2 trillion in federal spending cuts, the question became what would happen to the proposed $23 billion in cuts that the leadership of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees had put on the table to try and protect the baseline budget for agriculture and serve as a starting point for the discussions of the new farm bill.
Invasive pest invasion marches on across U.S.
Many non-native pests, from fire ants to slithery, slimy worm-like creatures, have come into the U.S. and made themselves at home, often causing widespread economic damage and other disruptions to life and commerce. There are more than 1,700 significant insect pest species in the U.S. Half or more have been introduced in one way or another.
Agriculture foes use ‘perfect storm’ to target farm programs
With farm commodity prices having hit record highs in recent years, and with the federal government facing record deficits, there is a 'perfect storm' brewing for agriculture opponents to target farm programs for budget cuts.
U.S. military a demand source for alternative energy industry
The U.S. military, the nation’s largest user of fossil fuels, could be the catalyst for reducing the country’s dependence on imported oil by moving to alternate energy forms — in the process providing the demand that the fledgling industry needs to become financially viable.
Changes outlined for cotton classing system
Several changes have taken place in the USDA cotton classing system, according to Keith Maloney, area director of the classing office at Dumas, Ark. “As of June 27, the Washington headquarters was moved to the Memphis USDA cotton complex,” he said at recent area meetings of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.
Last of the Oktibbeha County dairymen
Of the 1,000-plus dairy enterprises that once dotted the landscape of Oktibbeha County, Miss., just one commercial operation is left — McReynolds Dairy. John T. McReynolds, who milked his first cow at age 6 on his father’s farm, is the lone survivor of the county’s once-teeming industry.
Budget the dominant factor in crafting 2012 farm legislation
Budget will be dominant factor in crafting 2012 farm legislation, says National Cotton Council's Gary Adams.
Soaring farmland prices a good investment?
Soaring farmland prices: do they foretell a potential bubble, or just a good investment?
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