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 Apr 21, 2015

Farmers understand Earth Day; they live with it every day

It’s Earth Day. Farmers, better than anyone, understand the reciprocity necessary to produce food and fiber and protect the resource....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 06, 2015

Warm temperatures of early April signal allergies, noisy birds, bug bites and sunburn

Temperatures this week in Denton, Texas, pushed ever so close to the 90-degree mark. In spite of a long-standing household rule that air....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 23, 2015

A short gripe session from your humble editor

A short list of foibles, faux pas and fussiness....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 16, 2015

Ag Day salutes American farmers and ranchers

What I know about U.S. farmers deals more with emotion than arithmetic. I witness the heart and soul of the U.S. farm....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 11, 2015

Reporting the negative is part of ag reporter’s job

We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill. But....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 19, 2015

February predictions hit the mark

Today is Feb. 19. Thank goodness it isn’t a leap year....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 12, 2015

Don Marble was a great interview and a good friend

Don Marble passed away earlier this week. He was 82. I will miss him....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 12, 2015

Warm days in February offer hint of spring

It’s Feb. 9 and I’m heading west out of Denton, jogging a bit south to run through Fort Worth and the tangle of torn-up highways, deconstructed....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 27, 2015

Time running out to sign up for farm programs

Farmers should gather their production records, check with insurance representatives for yield histories and make appointments to sign up for these....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 14, 2015

IPM agent’s dirty boots will be hard to fill

Jim worked the Northeast corner of Texas, an area rich in some good soils (some not so good); a tradition of producing a varied crop mix....More
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