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.

What lies ahead after historic farmland boom?
“Farmland has clearly been a preferred asset class in an era when many other asset classes have stumbled as a result of the financial crisis. But the key question is, what lies ahead after this historic boom?”
Commodities bull 'has a good bit more life'
The bull market in commodities has "a good bit more life," says economist O.A. Cleveland, Jr. “It could last another five years or more. But I don’t see inflation as a problem.” He says “a lack of money supply available to consumers” will hold inflation in line.
Dwindling supplies, strong demand: higher grain prices
Dwindling supplies and strong demand are pointing to higher grain prices, says Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services.
Barnyardgrass control: treat early and often
For best control of barnyardgrass in rice, growers are advised to treat early and often.
Cotton's $1 price likely to hold until 2014
Not since the Civil War era have the stars been so favorably aligned for cotton. And, that long-dreamed-of $1 price is likely to be around for some time — perhaps as far out as 2014.
Cotton quality improvements will boost competitiveness
Quality is a strategic issue for U.S. cotton and improvements will help insure the industry’s future, a Cotton Incorporated researcher says.
Environmental issues bear watching in new Congress 1
With the changes in Congress as a result of last November’s elections and groundwork already being laid for the 2012 presidential race, the next two years are going to be “extremely challenging” in terms of environmental issues.
World needs more cotton, demand staying strong 1
On the heels of an “encouraging upturn” in cotton’s global demand, the U.S. cotton industry has “excellent prospects for achieving profitable cotton production and processing” in the period ahead.
Cogongrass: 'mother of all invasive species'
Western growers beware — the weed from hell, cogongrass, is ravaging the South and threatening to spread across the U.S.
Veteran dairyman finds niche for quality cows
When Bill McGee retired in 1991 as professor of dairy science, he kept right on doing what he’d done all his life — working with dairy animals. “My hobby has always been work,” he says. “I still love getting up every day and looking after the calves and cows.”
Weather tolerant crops next big advance?
Crops tolerant to heat, drought are already in the pipeline, as researchers manipulate genes that will give farmers plants better able to withstand weather and environmental adversities.
Solar power success for poultryman
Solar panels are proving a good investment for poultry producer Spencer Pope.
Washington not only culprit in economic misery
While there is much opposition to tax increases at the national level, it is often at the state and local level where taxes are being increased to try and compensate for declining revenues brought on by the economic downturn.
America's greatest generation of farmers
An estimated 1,000 of the Greatest Generation die every day, among them many who came back to the land to build the most productive agriculture on the planet.
Trauma of living high on the hog

Now, the “day of national reckoning has arrived,” David Stockman says, and rather than the conventional business recovery many in the current administration are desperately hoping for, he sees instead “a long hangover of debt liquidation and downsizing.”

When even the faithful start despairing of how their core economic principles have been tossed on the ash heap, one can but wonder at the foment and disarray that characterize the political arena these days.

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