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.

Oklahoma Peanut Commission celebrates 50th anniversary
Mike Kubicek retired at the end of March and was recognized for his profound contributions to the peanut industry.
Rainfall drops Texas drought ratings below 40 percent
Reservoir levels remain an issue in southwest Oklahoma as well where recent reports indicate Lake Lugert at 9 percent of capacity.
U.S. peanut acreage could bump above 1.6 million for 2015
Estimates across the peanut-producing states indicate planting intentions for 1.625 million acres, a 20 percent increase. That’s up from 1.35 million acres last year.
Sorghum producers vote in checkoff referendum march 23 through April 21

After seven years of significant accomplishments the nation’s grain sorghum producers have a chance to continue their successful Sorghum Checkoff Program through a referendum. Voting will run from March 23 through April 21, 2015, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

AGDAY gallery: Agriculture offers chance to say thanks
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Oklahoma Peanut commission celebrates 50 years
Oklahoma Peanut Expo will include production updates, marketing, insurance, new variety report and a look back at 50 years.
Delayed deadline on program signup not expected
Farmers take advantage of an extra month to update yields and base for farm bill programs..
March snowfall leaves frustration, beauty in its wake
Anytime metropolitan areas get more than a flurry or two, businesses, schools and some agencies shut down.
Dry cycle continuing across much of the Southwest
The 2011 historic drought resulted in a $7.6 billion loss (2010 and 2011).
Canola has price advantage over wheat
Canola prices are down a bit now but the Southwest has the advantage. of being the first canola crop to come off in the United States.
Watch for futures, basis movements to market grain
Texas grain producers have several challenges for 2015, including lower prices and a new farm program that will take some adjustment.
Cotton growers should use caution in cutting costs
The temptation to cut production costs is understandable. But wholesale cuts could mean digging a deeper hole.
Congressional Ag Committees look at nutrition, farm bill implementation
Agriculture already "gave at the office," opposes more cuts.
Three generations of cotton farmers learn from each other
The experience of grandfather and fathers plus the technological expertise of the sons bridges three generations and a half-century to create a system that allows each to contribute special skills to the operation.
Texas Ag Forum examines new farm bill
The latest Texas Ag Forum forum focused on the Agriculture Act of 2014.
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