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.

A little clear weather needed for northeast Texas grain farmers
Farmers agree deciding on farm bill programs was the most confusing sign-up they have ever gone through.
Rainfall across Southwest hailed as “million dollar rain”
Rainfall was widespread, according to reports across Texas and Oklahoma.
Chance meeting offers unique story opportunity 1
Great-grandfather settled on the farm, near Howe, Texas, in 1867.
Grain farmers in NE Texas scurry to finish fieldwork
Northeast Texas farmers are working between rain showers to complete spring fieldwork.
More old buildings capture my attention
Old, barns, abandoned homestead have histories
Texas backroads show benefits of timely rain on cropland
A few photos from a recent trip show a bit of what backroad travelers might see.
Drought status improving consistently across Southwest
“Since the middle of February, rains have added more than 2.2 million acre-feet of water to (Texas) reservoirs.”
Early FSA visits, meetings, decision tool help farmer with farm bill options
“This is the most confusing farm bill I have ever worked with,” Carlson said.of the 2014 farm bill.
North Texas into Rolling Plains remains drought-stressed
Drought conditions in Texas have improved by one percentage point from last week.
Back to the future weed control strategies combine old and new technology: Part 3
Identifying weed species is a top priority for effective control.
A bit of optimism on display at recent PCG annual meeting
Family farm remains the backbone of American agriculture.
Farming is in the DNA of Lynn County family farm
“This is a family deal,” Kay adds. “We are blessed.”
Brazil WTO case behind changes in cotton policy 2
World Trade Organization dispute brought by Brazil made cotton a target in farm bill debates.
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