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
Late 2017 expected completion of Bayer/Monsanto purchase
He said the merger will benefit agriculture. “We believe it is good for our customers.”
Crisp fall days are harbingers of harvest
Cotton, peanut and grain farmers talk about the almost ready crops, expecting decent yields, hoping for better prices, anxious to move their giant machines into the fields to take the season’s final test—how much did we make?
Harvest gallery: Harvest time is a gut check
Harvest is report card time, when the cows come home, the chickens come in to roost and the hay is made.
Longtime Texas A&M-Commerce agriculture professor Don Reid has died
“Doc helped many kids achieve their academic and career goals—too many to count,” Swart said. “He is one of the finest people I have ever known.”
Liberalized trade with Cuba: Significant benefits for ag?
Luis Ribera says 15 years of research through the Center for North American Studies (CNAS), of which he is director, shows advantages of Cuba trade.
10 cost-cutting options for wheat production
Here are 10 cost cuts that could decrease production expenses without significant effect on yield and grain quality.
Texas wheat plantings could drop 20 percent
“I think we will certainly see a further reduction of wheat acres in 2017 over the 13 percent reduction we already saw in 2016,” Neely says.
OSU Rural Outlook conference Oct. 21
The annual conference offers Oklahoma and Southwest farmers and ranchers an opportunity to evaluate trends, markets and opportunities in various enterprises at an opportune time to affect decision-making for the 2017 cropping season.
Canola may deserve a close look for fall planting
“Winter canola has been successfully grown in north central Oklahoma for the past 13 years.
Extended rainy spell mostly good for Texas peanuts
“I see a lot of potential in this peanut crop. The fields I’ve checked in the last few weeks looked good.”
University research uses technology to improve efficiency
University researchers are using new technology to develop better corn hybrids and more efficient irrigation systems to produce higher yielding varieties and to use water resources more efficiently.
Cattlemen learn about herd management, toxic plants, research efforts
New AgriLife reports offer key tips for cattlemen.
USDA is enhancing Conservation Stewardship Program to address soil erosion
The USDA goal is the same as a farmer’s—“make the land better for the next generation.”
Mark your calendars for upcoming meetings and field days.
Mark your calendars to get the latest information on production, research and markets.
UPDATED: 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.
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