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.

Overplanting peanuts could be hard on industry
“Overplanting will drive prices down,” Smith said, “and lead to fewer acres needed to reach the payment limit of $125,000. That could mean excess program cost.”
New farm bill guarantees no payments
“I hope farmers never collect a penny from ARC (Agricultural Risk Coverage) or PLC (Price Loss Coverage) because that means they are seeing high prices.”
Texas commodity leaders take on farm bill issues
“This is the most complicated farm program grain sorghum farmers have ever seen,” said Wayne Cleveland, executive director, Texas Sorghum Producers
Conaway, Stenholm talk ag issues
Conaway said the next farm bill will be even more difficult to pass than the current one,
Farmers urged to contact FSA before Feb. 27 deadline
Farmers should contact FSA before the February 27 deadline to get on a registry and set an appointment to update yields and reallocate base.
Texas drought status remains at 39 percent
Farmers and other ag watchers are hesitant to call the drought over, even in locations showing only abnormally dry conditions or currently considered drought free
Red River Crops Conference covers multiple crops, marketing and farm bill
Red River Crops Conference offers updates on multiple crops, legislation and markets.
Oklahoma Peanut Expo features production, legislation marketing updates
Bart Fischer, chief economist for the House Ag Committee, has been invited to discuss “year one of peanuts in the farm bill.”
Disease and nematode control part of comprehensive cotton management plan
The recent Red River Crops Conference in Childress, Texas, in its second year and sponsored by the Texas and Oklahoma Extension services, offered a full two days of timely information on crop production, legislation, and market outlooks.
Grain marketing specialist offers little good news
Burdensome stocks make market opportunities for wheat, corn and soybeans less than rosy.
STAX SCO? Which to choose
SCO and STAX are area risk protection programs. Payments are triggered by county losses, not individual farm losses.
Current products are important in weed control strategies, even with new technology
Pre-plant herbicides, residual products, in-season, over-the-top materials and equipment such as hooded sprayers and cultivators could be part of a comprehensive weed control strategy.
Sesame, guar may provide drought-tolerant crop options
Sesame has been a good crop option for Texas Rolling Plains' farmers Delby Darr and Kyle Streit, who farm together near Iowa Park. They like the drought and heat tolerance they get from sesame, and they say it works well in rotation with winter wheat.
Variety selection even more important for 2015 cotton planting
Cotton growers should plant multiple varieties, based on data from multiple years of trials and across multiple locations.
Retiring NCC executive expresses frustration with USDA
NCC's Mark Lange was occasionally animated in voicing his frustration with USDA and other government agencies for what he sees as a failure to protect the U.S. cotton industry.
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