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.

Timely production meetings scheduled in coming weeks
Production, farm bill, tillage meetings scheduled in coming weeks.
Rotation is key to SW High cotton Award winners’ success
Weather is the biggest challenge facing Texas Southern Plains cotton producers.
Southwest High Cotton Winner — Rotation is best thing for cotton
Ronnie Hopper and his son, R.N., believe in no-till crop production, and predict it will gain acceptance across the Texas High Plains as farmers deal with the increasingly serious problem of a declining water resource.
Key ag production conferences set for January
Upcoming conferences feature multi-crop discussions.
Normalizing relations with Cuba a boon to Texas ag
Normalized relations to Cuba could be a boon to Texas agriculture.
Drought has long been part of Texas climate and will continue
When drought settles in for several years, farm income suffers, and the shock waves of lost revenue rip across communities, counties, even regions.
TPPA honors outstanding service to agriculture at luncheon
TPPA annual awards luncheon honors outstanding service to Texas agriculture.
Water availability limiting factor in ag production
“The question of whether water is limiting our ability to produce is an easy one.” But the answer is more complex.
Water issues featured in TPPA conference opening session
Technology, including improved irrigation and production methods as well as new varieties, will be critical for efficient water management.
Red cedar encroachment threatens grasslands 2
Spread of the eastern red cedar can transform highly productive rangeland into limited production quickly.
Land values continue to increase in U.S. and Southwest
Texas land values are up more than 10 percent; Oklahoma values have risen by more than 9 percent, New Mexico is up more than 8 percent and Kansas rose just over 17 percent.
Long-term drought drives push for irrigation efficiency
Nothing drives home the importance of improving irrigation efficiency like a four-year drought.
Drought status continues to improve across Southwest
Most of Texas shows that drought removal is likely, remains but improves, or continues to be drought-free.
Beef cattle prices expected to continue upward trend
Cattle producers’ major concern for the time being is to produce and sell as many animals as they can.
Oklahoma has ambitious water management strategy
For agriculture, the water use goal has to be: “use as little as possible to maximize yield and profit.”
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