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.

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Here's how to judge sugarcane aphid populations in grain sorghum
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How to scout for sugarcane aphids in sorghum to achieve effective control
Here’s how to scout sorghum for sugarcane aphids to develop a timely and effective control program, according to Texas AgriLife Extension entomologists and a Scouting Sugarcane Aphid scout card .
Canola offers economic advantages to Southwest growers
Canola will be the focus of a special field day May 10 at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Science Center at Clovis.
Sugarcane aphid populations building in Rio Grande Valley
“I’ve received many reports of sorghum fields being treated by air and by ground for sugarcane aphids this week,” says IMP specialist Danielle Ortiz.
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.
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