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.

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.
CCI Mission: Maintaining cotton’s reputation for quality
It’s Bruce Atherley’s job not only to maintain U.S. cotton's reputation, but to build on it.
Backyard garden yields tasty produce
This summer, I’ve enjoyed the best tomatoes I’ve ever grown.
Texas AgriLife research to revive robust vegetable production
A vegetable production study conducted about three years ago identified several regions in Texas well-suited for vegetable production—the High Plains, South Plains, Overton, Wintergarden and Weslaco.
Cottonseed as an oilseed remains top issue for NCC
A “significant number of regulatory issues by the EPA” remain a council priority.
Jodey Arrington seeks position of leadership in Congress
“We have to get cotton back into the farm bill,” Arrington says. “Whatever it takes to make cotton strong and viable in West Texas, we will do, working together, hand-in-hand.”
U.S. cotton industry takes on contamination issue
“The U.S. is still at the bottom of the list of countries exporting contaminated cotton.”
West Texas cotton districts producing bulk of state’s crop
District 12, the Southern High Plains, is expected to harvest 2.83 million bales of cotton from 2.77 million acres
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