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.

Texas AgriLife livestock specialists look for efficiencies
Texas AgriLife livestock experts discuss improving production efficiency
Here are BMPs for efficient peanut production
Proven best management practices--sound irrigation management, effective weed and disease control and a good rotation program will increase peanut production efficiency.
10 steps to control weeds in peanuts
“The day you plant peanuts you have the highest yield potential you’ll have all season.”
Farmers understand Earth Day 1
Many self-proclaimed environmental organizations may use the day to blame farmers and ranchers for environmental crimes and for ignoring basic conservation practices.
Allergy issue still a big hurdle for peanut industry 1
Early exposure to peanuts significantly reduces the potential for children to develop an allergy.
Plains Cotton Growers’ annual meeting is heavy on politics
Becoming involved in the political process, especially during hard times in farm country, should be a priority.
Villalba named PCG Cotton Extension Agent of the Year
These producers determined they gained an $11.35 per acre economic benefit from Villalba’s programs.
Timeliness is critical to improve peanut production efficiency
“If we do things that sacrifice yield, we cut our throats.”
Plains Cotton Growers — Involvement and investment crucial to support cotton industry
“This is not the time to pull back. We have to spend what is needed to get things turned around on farm policy. We have the resources to do that, and we have hired staff to do that.”
Gallery: PCG annual meeting, Texas Gin show
PCG President Shawn Holladay said cotton farmers should stay engaged and participate in organizations they represent them in Austin and Washington.
Political observer says — In what should be a slam dunk, Republicans face uphill battle
Branding the 2016 presidential primary season “The Twilight Zone election,” and “the craziest election I’ve ever seen,” David Wasserman says what should be “a slam dunk” for Republicans to retake the White House is instead a challenging road.
PCG president: ‘Stay engaged’ in cotton industry
PCG, representing 41 High Plains counties and some 3.5 million acres of cotton, has worked diligently the past year to find support for “the financial health of farm country.”
Cotton farmers looking for an edge as they select varieties
Some High Plains cotton growers are looking for economical seed; others are looking for the best yield and quality, the best disease and nematode resistance, storm proof characteristics, and new technology.
Crunch in prices, inputs complicates cotton weed control
While 85 percent control in a cotton field was once considered acceptable, that’s no longer the case if producers are dealing with glyphosate resistance.
New peanut releases make 100 percent high oleic production possible in Southwest 2
“Farmers producing runner peanuts in the Southwest will now have a replacement for Red River Runner that requires no fungicide application for Sclerotinia blight control, reducing production costs associated with disease management.”
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