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.

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.”
2016 High Cotton Winners demonstrate excellence in production and stewardship
The 2016 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award winners continue to demonstrate how to produce good yields of high quality cotton while practicing exceptional stewardship of natural resources.
Southwest High Cotton Award winner seeks water independence
“We have to manage water carefully,” says Bill Lovelady, who raises mostly Pima cotton in El Paso and Hudspeth counties.
Commodity organizations applaud GMO labeling bill
If Roberts’ bill becomes law, USDA would establish a set of standards within two years for labeling foods that contain or may contain bioengineering.
Peanut Seed Quality Meeting, Peanut Expo meets March 24 in Altus
The Peanut Expo will feature the latest in research results, production advice, and market outlook.
For Bill Lovelady: Water conservation, water independence are goals 1
Bill Lovelady, the 2016 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award winner for the Southwest region, understands conservation from a need to improve irrigation efficiency to the necessity of preserving topsoil in what has to be one of the most challenging places to grow profitable yields of high quality cotton.
Video: Dodson encourages cotton industry to “share our story”
In his acceptance speech, Dodson challenged the cotton industry to hang on during the current tough time for cotton and to work together to make the industry stronger.
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