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 Jul 10, 2014

My age is just a number, a big one

According to the calendar and the inerrant rules of mathematics, come Sunday, July 13, I reach the milestone of senior citizenry....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 20, 2014

Thirty six years of miles and memories

Someone is credited with saying something like: if you love your job you’ll never work a day in your life. I guess I haven’t worked much in 36 years....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 17, 2014

Farmers’ markets play important but not exclusive role

I frequent the Denton farmers’ market and several other fruit and vegetable stands around town to pick up fresh tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and tree-....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 13, 2014

How I spent my summer vacation

I’m not sure I can think of a better way to start a morning than to sip my first cup of coffee on a balcony overlooking the ocean, watching a few....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 06, 2014

Conventional ag critic lets bias show

We can’t rely on organic alone to feed 9 billion people. And pitting one part of the food industry against another is absurd....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 02, 2014

First graders appreciate time and attention

But today was the last day I read to a first-grade class at a nearby elementary school. I’ve done this for five years now and always look forward to....More
in Farm Press Blog May 29, 2014

Don’t shoot the messenger; he’s just doing his job

If you read a report with which you disagree, please let me know. But don’t blame the messenger for delivering news you don’t like. It’s my job....More
in Farm Press Blog May 19, 2014

Rain brings hope to some while others persist in drought

The latest Drought Monitor shows 83 percent of Texas now in drought, ranging from moderate to exceptional. Oklahoma is not much, if any, better....More
in Farm Press Blog May 08, 2014

My mind is a terrible thing

You know how it is: You see something that reminds you of an event that happened years ago, and that memory triggers another that has at least a....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 22, 2014

A man’s gotta know his limitations, or should

As I wiped water from my face I could do nothing but laugh. “A man’s gotta know his limitations,” I thought. Monday, I’m calling a plumber....More
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