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 Nov 21, 2016

Indulging in tomfoolery: A Smith family Thanksgiving

The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be a good day....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 11, 2016

It’s time to govern following our bitter election

We the people have to govern those we have elected....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 26, 2016

Speeding fine by mail: Oh, the injustice

But with electronic surveillance, one has no opportunity to elicit sympathy....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 24, 2016

An unofficial, off-the-cuff report on Texas and Oklahoma cotton

Overall, Southwest Oklahoma cotton looks to be one of the best crops in years....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 06, 2016

Non-GMO Month pushes oft-refuted misinformation

Non-GMO Month was created as another marketing ploy that uses misinformation and gullibility to enhance sales. But maybe I’m just cynical....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 28, 2016

An unofficial, off-the-cuff crop report

One farmer told me that pigweed is not resistant to a cultivator or a hoe....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 13, 2016

Danny Davis, my good friend, has passed away

The industry lost a farmer who pioneered conservation tillage and who showed that no-till cotton could produce yields and quality equal to clean-....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 02, 2016

True patriotism: It’s more than pomp and circumstance

I stand for the national anthem and either place my hand over my heart or more likely stand at attention, a habit that was drilled into me during....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 19, 2016

It was perfectly fine morning to be locked out of the house

I sat and absorbed the wonder, the serenity, the tranquility of the morning … as I waited less than patiently for a locksmith to come and let me into....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 29, 2016

PEA winners wound up where they ought to be

Neither could imagine doing anything else; neither could consider a career that didn’t involve long hours, hard work, and watching things emerge from....More
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