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
Early FSA visits, meetings, decision tool help farmer with farm bill options
“This is the most confusing farm bill I have ever worked with,” Carlson said.of the 2014 farm bill.
North Texas into Rolling Plains remains drought-stressed
Drought conditions in Texas have improved by one percentage point from last week.
Back to the future weed control strategies combine old and new technology: Part 3
Identifying weed species is a top priority for effective control.
A bit of optimism on display at recent PCG annual meeting
Family farm remains the backbone of American agriculture.
Farming is in the DNA of Lynn County family farm
“This is a family deal,” Kay adds. “We are blessed.”
Brazil WTO case behind changes in cotton policy 2
World Trade Organization dispute brought by Brazil made cotton a target in farm bill debates.
PCG president sees some optimism as cotton planting time nears
The family farm remains the backbone of American agriculture.
Spring color is abundant in the Southern Plains
It takes some time and it takes some patience but the beauty is there if you look hard enough.
Ounces of prevention cure for weed control problems
“Prevention is the cheapest form of weed control,” says Todd Baughman, Oklahoma State University Extension agronomist.
High oleic is goal for SW peanut breeders
High oleic peanuts are the new standard for Southwest production.
Early fungicide application key to peanut pod rot control
Pod rot is related to peanut kernel damage.
Mike Kubicek steps down from Oklahoma Peanut Commission
Mike Kubicek says working with high oleic peanut development was a highlight of Peanut Commission career.
Ron Sholar to lead Oklahoma Peanut Commission
Ron Sholar brings some 30 years of experience in the peanut industry to the Oklahoma Peanut Commission.
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