Ron Smith

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.

Farmers insist RMA has ample time to implement APH adjustment for 2015 2
With crop insurance now the basis of loss protection, the lower yield history presents a financial hardship to many produces.
Moisture sensors offer tool to schedule irrigation
“Moisture sensors help farmers schedule irrigation,” Taghvaeian said at the recent Oklahoma Irrigation Conference in Fort Cobb.
Mesonet provides irrigation decision tool
Farmers can use Mesonet data to make better use of irrigation water resources.
NRCS offers irrigation enhancement assistance
Conservation Stewardship Program is a five-year program that rewards farmers for past good work on conservation. Improving irrigation systems is part of that program.
New technology provides impetus for irrigation conference
Irrigation efficiency has been even more pertinent for the past three years during one of the worst stretches of drought on record.
New farm programs requires more thought
Cotton farmers have a direct payment transition program, the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), available for the 2014 crop, since they are not covered by STAX until 2015
Burdensome supply depressing wheat prices
Burdensome wheat supplies will depress prices in the short term, but the underlying demand for grains bodes well for the long-term market outlook, says Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist.
Regulations pose challenges for Texas wheat
Burdensome regulations and meeting sustainability standards pose challenges for Texas wheat growers in the coming years, says Steelee Fischbacher, director of policy and marketing for the Texas Wheat Producers Board and Association.
Rusty truck
Aug. 31 deadline for ugliest truck photos 1
Remember, a $100 gift certificate will be awarded to the ugly truck photo contest winner.
Uncertainty is only certainty with Southwest weather
Much of the Southwest has benefitted from increased moisture this summer. May rainfall broke a cycle of increasingly high temperatures.
Drought status mostly unchanged
Drought conditions across Texas showed little net change over the past week.
Rainfall events are encouraging across Southwest but drought persists
A whopping 100 percent of New Mexico remains in drought status ranging from abnormally dry to extreme.
Southwest drought stubbornly hangs on
Texas remains at 58 percent in moderate to exceptional drought, same as a week ago.
Drought tolerance difficult but not impossible goal for marker assisted peanut breeding
Finding peanut varieties with increased tolerance to drought may be possible.
Peanut farmers may see “paradigm shift” in production (Part 2)
Marker-assisted variety selection could help reverse a trend of reduced peanut production in the United States.
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