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.

Articles by Ron Smith
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.
Forage management tips during drought
Forage production demands management, in anticipation of rainfall returning.
Pigweed survey seeks grower input
Texas A&M grad student conducting a survey to determine weed management systems commonly used by Texas growers.
Dust storms generate concern for Dust Bowl conditions
The Texas Pan Handle continues to suffer through days and weeks with little to no rainfall, according to the latest Texas Drought Report from the Texas Water Development Board.
Integrated approach critical for resistant weed control
Farmers can either take steps to prevent herbicide resistant weeds from becoming a problem or they can wait until resistance develops and then try to figure out how to claw their way out of a mess
Peanut farmers have good seed for ’14 planting
In spite of another drought-plagued growing season, Oklahoma’s peanut yields held up well and seed germination from the 2013 crop appears to be good.
Ag law tabbed “Almost a Miracle,” by Chairman Lucas
The biggest regret, says Representative Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, is that Congress did not make the Agriculture Act of 2014 permanent law.
Famers have lots of questions about new farm program
Elk City, Oklahoma, cotton farmer Danny Davis said the farm bill meeting held today in Altus answered a lot of the questions he had about the new farm program.
Drought conditions improve but some areas worsening
The most recent Texas Drought Monitor report from the Texas Water Development Board shows 63 percent of the state still in drought status.
Farmers turn to crop insurance for risk management
“The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill marked a pivotal moment for risk management in U.S. agriculture.”
Drought status improves slightly for Texas
The latest Texas drought report indicates that 67 percent of the state remains in drought ranging from moderate to exceptional.
Bee decline results from multiple stressors
Bee decline is a recognized problem that “demands attention. It’s important that agriculture and apiculture work together,” he said. “They have to identify their needs.
Farmer CEOs face change and challenge
But the acronym CEO—for chief executive officer—certainly fits most farmers
Are more water regulations coming?
Water, or lack of it, tops the list of concerns voiced by Southwest grain farmers at the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio.
Partnerships help conserve water resources
Unusual partnerships may be necessary to bring some semblance of order to what could turn into contentious battles over water allocations across the country, and particularly in the arid west.
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