Ron Smith

Ron
Smith
Editor,
Southwest Farm Press

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

Articles
Mark your calendars for upcoming meetings and field days.
Mark your calendars to get the latest information on production, research and markets.
Texas “Picks” list helps growers choose best wheat variety
To make wheat planting decisions a tad less daunting, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension each year develops a “Picks” list of top varieties, based on trial data.
CCI Mission: Maintaining cotton’s reputation for quality
It’s Bruce Atherley’s job not only to maintain U.S. cotton's reputation, but to build on it.
Backyard garden yields tasty produce
This summer, I’ve enjoyed the best tomatoes I’ve ever grown.
Texas AgriLife research to revive robust vegetable production
A vegetable production study conducted about three years ago identified several regions in Texas well-suited for vegetable production—the High Plains, South Plains, Overton, Wintergarden and Weslaco.
Cottonseed as an oilseed remains top issue for NCC
A “significant number of regulatory issues by the EPA” remain a council priority.
Jodey Arrington seeks position of leadership in Congress
“We have to get cotton back into the farm bill,” Arrington says. “Whatever it takes to make cotton strong and viable in West Texas, we will do, working together, hand-in-hand.”
U.S. cotton industry takes on contamination issue
“The U.S. is still at the bottom of the list of countries exporting contaminated cotton.”
West Texas cotton districts producing bulk of state’s crop
District 12, the Southern High Plains, is expected to harvest 2.83 million bales of cotton from 2.77 million acres
Cotton Council delegation hears praise for U.S. cotton quality
China likes U.S. cotton. They appreciate the quality, and they would buy more if they could get quota restrictions lifted.
August rainfall cheers some West Texas producers; others still wait
Overall, with the usual exceptions from one county to another or from one side of the road to the other, weather has helped a lot of producers establish the basis for good crops.
West Texas sunset worth a few extra travel minutes
But then the West Texas sky, overcast for much of the drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Lubbock, opens up above a not-so-promising cotton field, just as the sun begins to dip below the horizon.
Cattle prices down; exports key for the future; beware toxic plants
Three recent reports from Texas AgriLife media services cover the short course and announce a new workshop on toxic plant management Aug. 15 in Lubbock
Texas A&M reports on cotton markets, production and technology
We’ve collected four new reports that might be of interest to cotton and other row crop producers as the 2016 season nears and end in South Texas.
Summer photos depict leisure, work and scenic memories
This has been a busy summer, including a move, knee surgery, a 10-day 11-state road trip vacation, Little League baseball games, and my usual farm visits, summer meetings, and, for the first time in several years, a small backyard garden.
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