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 by Ron Smith
April freeze puts wheat in jeopardy
A mid-April freeze that turned temperatures from balmy high 70s degree readings to several points below freezing likely caused damage to a significant portion of the Southwest wheat crop.
Better hog trap improves catch rate
Build a better hog trap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Farm program passage not the end of the struggle
The battle for a farm safety net is not over, says retired U.S. Congressman and former Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest.
Drought continues strangle-hold on much of Texas
Drought continues to exert a vise-like grip on much of Texas with the Panhandle taking the brunt of the long-term dry spell and showing a large expanse rated in extreme or exceptional drought status.
Crop insurance has stood test of time
Almost 296 million acres of U.S farmland were covered by crop insurance last year and because of that protection a lot of farms and jobs were saved.
Texas livestock and forage producers encouraged to sign up soon for disaster programs
Come in soon and bring your records, Texas Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Judith Canales says to livestock and forage producers across the state.
Time “to reboot and refocus,” Maguire tells PCG meeting
John Maguire, vice president for Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council says it is “time to reboot and refocus,” now that a new farm law is in effect.
Drought not an issue for Upper Coastal Bend farmers—so far
Garcia said the growing season, despite a chaotic beginning, is off to a good start. Conditions are more promising than they have been for two of the last three years
Food-grade sorghum offers opportunity
Grain sorghum, it’s what’s for breakfast.
EPA says proposed CWA rule change will benefit agriculture
“We worked very hard to not only make sure the proposed rule doesn’t have a negative impact on agriculture..."
Peanut disease control begins with field history and rotation,
Knowing the field history is a crucial factor in controlling diseases, especially soil-borne pathogens, in peanuts.
Intensifying drought stirs up dust
These photos from an early April trip to the Texas High Plains show the impact of the ongoing drought.
Drought conditions worsen for most of Texas
Drought conditions across Texas, with few exceptions, continue to worsen as winter gives way to spring and planting season.
Cotton, peanut acreage is up; corn, wheat and sorghum drop
U. S. cotton plantings will increase by 7 percent in 2014. Corn acreage will drop 4 percent and wheat is 1 percent lower than last year.
Ole Spanish peanut fills a niche 2
A new high oleic Spanish peanut variety will be released for foundation seed development this year and available for commercial production in 2015.
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