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 May 26, 2016

May in farm country is a month for hope

Drive out a Farm to Market road from Lubbock, in any direction, and look for small dust clouds billowing out behind planters....More
in Farm Press Blog May 18, 2016

Is a world without war, poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance remotely possible?

The Internet and technology will open new avenues of information to people across the globe, and with this new enlightenment, people will become more....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 27, 2016

What do NBA’s Steph Curry and Southwest editor have in common?

I hurt my knee walking from a table to the condiment shelf in a fast-food restaurant....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 21, 2016

A drive into farm country is an ideal way to celebrate Earth Day

Before you leave, shake his hand. Tell him thanks for all he does. He doesn’t hear that often enough. Tell him you’re celebrating Earth Day. He’ll....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 09, 2016

Opening day of baseball season is reason enough to welcome spring

The pitcher takes the mound again, toes the rubber, bends from the waist, holds the ball behind his back, feels the laces, finds his grip....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 28, 2016

Private land grab by eminent domain just common greed

But what about those who prefer to keep their farms intact, those who would like to maintain the agricultural, recreation, or aesthetic values of....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 07, 2016

Mr. Fixit has left the building — alas, without hot water

She often noted that the most useful tool I owned was the Yellow Pages....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 02, 2016

Frustration for farmers as farm bill shortcomings surface

he Agriculture Act of 2014 is nothing like farm bills of the past, in which producers had at least some assurance of income assistance when crops or....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 18, 2016

Cotton industry feeling the pain of farm bill shortcomings

But anyone who has watched agriculture commodities for more than five years understands that high prices can guarantee one thing — low prices....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 08, 2016

Despite hardships, America’s cotton farmers persevere

That’s what I like about cotton people: markets, weather, and pests may create havoc, but those in the industry somehow find a way to endure....More
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