Ron Smith

Editor, 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.

He has published one work of fiction, Passing Through, a novel.

Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

Posts by Ron Smith

in Farm Press Blog Oct 21, 2014

Driving may be on the wane for millennials

“See the USA in Your Chevrolet,” was a call to my generation to take to the newly constructed Interstate Highway system and see the wonders of this....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 13, 2014

Hail hath plenty of fury

But none of those hair-raising escapades come close to the thrill of riding out the torrential hail storm I ran into in Jacksboro, Texas....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 09, 2014

Drought is over? I’m not saying

I’ve been rained on; I’ve stepped in ankle-deep puddles; I have accumulated gobs of mud inside and outside of my once pristine white pickup; I have....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 30, 2014

Missionary work offers unusual opportunities

The latest soapbox I climbed on was at the Denton Market last Saturday....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 29, 2014

I can tolerate almost anything but irrelevancy is an affront

We are still relevant. We still buy stuff. We need cars built for comfort, not for speed....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 24, 2014

Old barn photo stirs memory

Picture of old barn reminded me of similar structures on my grandfather’s place in Anderson County, S.C....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 16, 2014

IH wins Ugly Truck Contest

“The beauty of an IH was it was ugly to start with. Last use was driving a billboard for the Rotary Club Hamburger Day.”....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 15, 2014

Weekend hosts display best of High Plains

I was pleased that people told Pat nice things about me. I know it was hard....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 11, 2014

Yellowstone is a testament to conservationist foresight

A week is not enough time to see everything of interest in Yellowstone National Park, so I’ll have to go back sometime....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 02, 2014

‘New normal’ crop prices short lived

“Nothing threatens high prices like high prices,” some wise observers noted at the time....More
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