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.

Disease control essential for high peanut yields
Improved genetics and a good arsenal of fungicides provide economic solutions to peanut disease issues.
USDA invited to sit at the table for Hire Our Heroes
“This is a first for USDA,” Baccam says. “For the first time, we are at the table, providing our veterans with information about opportunities in agriculture.
Carnegie Cooperative hosts annual cotton conference
“Dryland cotton looks like a good option with good moisture. "
How to get the 2016 cotton crop off to a good start
As days warm up and winter wanes, producers need to firm up acreage, variety, planting date and seeding rates and fertility
EPA announces 30-day comment period for dicamba tolerance technology
Monsanto considers the EPA announcement “another critical milestone toward farmers gaining access to new dicamba weed-management tools,”
Coming off a good cotton year, Oklahoma growers look to 2016
Boman credits variety selection with a lot of cotton’s success the past two years
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.
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