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.

Cotton production beltwide: From ‘awful’ to ‘decent’
Most producers at the NPE Summit remain committed to cotton and see at least a tad of silver on the backside of the dark clouds. They likely will start off 2016 with ample soil moisture to germinate the crop.
Sesame proving to be good option for Texas farmers
Sesame may not be a magic crop that solves all the production challenges for Southwest farmers, but it may offer a viable alternative or profitable rotation crop for more traditional enterprises.
Early detection critical for sugarcane aphid control in sorghum
"We can control sugarcane aphids, and the future looks good for hybrid resistance. We can do this.”
High-grade cotton should get a premium
“A 70 cents per pound goal for the 2015 crop in South Texas was a reasonable target. Why not for 2016?"
Critical agriculture issues will face the next Congress
“We (the ag industry) will likely also face pressure on agriculture spending and the costs of ARC and PLC.”
New herbicide systems: Cotton growers face a learning curve
The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve Monsanto’s XtendFlex and BASF’s Engenia for the 2016 season, and it has pulled the label for Dow’s Enlist Duo.
TPPA awards luncheon honors outstanding service to agriculture
Randy Rivera, Administrator for Agriculture Protection and Certification, Texas Department of Agriculture, received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award, TPPA’s highest honor.
It’s Christmas in Texas
"Christmas in Texas" offers greetings to "you all."
Old World bollworm could threaten U.S. cotton, other crops
“The Old World bollworm is one of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests,” he says. “It is the target of more than 75 percent of all insecticides applied in India and China.”
Colored flags offer low tech for drift management
“We need to distinguish the fields where the new traits are used. It’s simple—use colored flags.”
Broken political system demands coalition building 1
The U.S. political system has been souring for decades, “ever since Watergate,” Stenholm says. “But it works when we participate in it.”
Texas is drought free — again
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor released Monday, shows the state drought free.
15 ways 2015 challenged and informed farmers
This has been a year of change and challenge for Southwest agriculture. Here are the stories you found most interesting in 2015.
Top 10 photo galleries of Southwest Agriculture in 2015
As we close out 2015, we wanted to share our most popular galleries with our readers. These are the photos you liked best, so here’s another chance to view them again.
Agriculture: Crucial to security, at risk from ‘a variety of threats’
With the declining number of Americans involved in production agriculture, Conaway said, many members of Congress are not aware of the link between agriculture and national security
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