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 23, 2015

Thankful for good times…and hard lessons

I have two children I’m proud of, and grandsons who delight me. I love and appreciate Pat, my wife of more than 35 years, far more than I tell her. I....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 20, 2015

Coffee is good for me — it’s really, really good for me

I’ve been drinking coffee for as long as I can remember, before I left elementary school, and have been undeterred in my daily consumption by....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 06, 2015

90 year old Texas rancher in a David vs. Goliath struggle

White is taking on an oil company in court. He’s suing for compensation for damage to his property from oil rigs, trucks, and other equipment....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 14, 2015

If stranded on Mars, I hope you have a farmer with you

If I did get to Mars, however, the odds of my being stranded are pretty good. I can easily imagine getting lost on my way back from a rock-hunting....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 05, 2015

Why higher mathematics was wasted on a writer-to-be

No one, myself included, considered the absolute truth that I would never go anywhere near a career that involved higher mathematics....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 21, 2015

Smarmy smear of GMOs just a shill for natural food booklet

The premise is that the U.S. government, NATO, and Monsanto are conspiring to control the world’s food supply....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 04, 2015

Election season brings out the worst in society, media outlets and politics

Honesty is a rare and precious commodity, hyperbole rules airwaves and newspaper pages, and most folks seem to prefer a fascinating lie to a mundane....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 24, 2015

Flying is less fun than it used to be — a lot less!

All things considered, I’d rather drive my truck....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 10, 2015

There are no GMO peanuts in the market—none, zilch, nada

Apparently, some non-agricultural media writers assume that any new variety released to the market must be genetically modified....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 04, 2015

Annual beach vacation is truly a “Gift from the Sea.”

A trip to the beach is spiritual, primal and restorative....More
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