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.

Marker assisted breeding is crucial to improved peanut varieties
Peanut breeder research goal is to keep making yield increases and to protect those yield advances.
Peanut conference stresses future technology; looks at trade, policy and honors producers
Southern peanut growers took a few days in late July to look to the future at the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference, held this year at the Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga.
U.S. ‘Blessed with peanuts this year’ with U.S. acreage up 18 percent
Peanut production could exceed 3 million tons from 2015 crop.
PPA winner for Southwest Region Anthony Reed proud to be a peanut farmer
"Good rotation is the success of any peanut farmer,” says Southwest peanut Profitability Award winner Anthony Reed.
Drought officially over for Texas, most of Southwest
Texas is drought-free for first time since April, 2010.
Advanced Training for Agricultural Professionals offers unique educational opportunity
The inaugural Advanced Training for Agricultural Professionals program will be held Sept. 7- 9.
TPPA Conference slated Dec. 8 and 9: “Best one yet”
Charlie Stenholm, former U.S. Representative from Texas and long-time member of the House Agriculture Committee, opens TPPA conference.
Cuba could become viable trading partner with Texas producers
Increasing trade with Cuba offers an opportunity to “make a positive impact on human rights.”
Three reports you might be interested in reading on GMO and pesticide residue
Recent reports on GMOs and pesticide residue show how research cuts through emotion and innuendo to get to the facts.
Anthony Reed was born into peanuts
Anthony Reed credits his father for getting him started in farming and teaching him how to do it.
Trade Mission seeks improved relationship with Cuban importers
U.S. has competitive advantage for ag trade to Cuba.
Southwest nearing drought-free status
Predictions call for a 90 percent chance El Niño will continue through winter and give it an 80 percent chance of lasting into spring.
‘Ag is a roller coaster,’ no use to be pessimistic
If not ecstatic about crop and market prospects, Jay Wilder wasn’t despondent either.
31 Southwest counties are available for CTAP in 2015
CTAP is available to producers in certain counties that are not eligible to participate in the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).
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