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 Expo features industry leaders
Bringing in some of the most knowledgeable people in peanuts is one way to deal with production, demand, and regulatory issues.
To market 2016 cotton: Look for small price blips
The historically high prices in 2010 — as much as $2 a pound — created a false sense that the market was creating a new benchmark for cotton prices, Brinkley says. Unfortunately, that didn’t last.
Peanut farmers have incentive to plant peanuts
“Bankers may encourage farmers to plant more peanuts instead of cotton or corn. That puts growers in a tough spot.”
Private company seeks property condemnation through eminent domain 1
“What separates this case is that eminent domain is being abused by a private corporation, solely for its own benefit,” Fitzgerald writes
Agricultural law specialist: Good farm practices, careful hiring practices thwart legal issues
Farm owners may need to implement a few extra policies to prevent deceitful employees from creating videos on a farm.
Jeff Roper: Efficiency, faith, and a good banker help him survive
“A banker stuck with me early on,” he says, “or I wouldn’t have made it. He taught me to build up equity.”
Texas corn producers looking for answers to ARC discrepancy
“We continue to look at our numbers, but the discrepancies can’t be determined at this time.” David Gibson, TCPB
Ag Appreciation Luncheon offers opportunity to honor farmers and ranchers
I got to explain why I love my job and describe the reasons I believe agriculture remains the most important industry in the country.
Warm weather prompts wheat scouting for disease and insect pests
Wheat farmers in the High Plains and other wheat production areas across the state should be looking for insect pests, says an AgriLife entomologist.
Texas corn acreage likely close to 2015
“A later planting date allows producers to use irrigation water more efficiently.
Warm days in early March may be deceiving
But the last days of winter offer some interesting scenes for folks who travel over the back roads of farm country.
Whether good times or bad, a sound business plan works
Farmers sometimes have a tendency to changes things, switching from one crop to another, he says. “I prefer to do what I’m good at.
How has the farm bill fared in its first year? 1
“Most producers selected the ARC County option,” he notes. “PLC has been more popular in the South, including peanut farmers.”
For cotton: Be patient, cautious, alert as China depletes reserves?
"China can’t grow enough cotton for its spinners. Be patient. Be cautious. And stay alert.”
Your marketing plan should consider upside and down
“Consider what to do, how much to do, and how to do it,” he says. “How much to do is a big question.”
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