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 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
in Farm Press Blog Jul 27, 2016

In the absence of mechanical genes, Google to the rescue

But popping the hood is what a guy does when his ride starts to falter....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 08, 2016

I am saddened beyond words over recent killings

I woke up this morning to hear the horrifying news that five police officers had been killed in Dallas, Texas, while protecting a Black Lives Matter....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 01, 2016

Boston visit reminds of us why we celebrate the Fourth of July

Boston reminds us that Americans have never agreed on every bit of policy, on every suggestion for the common good, or on every plan to make our....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 15, 2016

At 38 years and counting editor still has much to learn

I soon learned just how ignorant I was about the complexity of agriculture....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 03, 2016

Farm chores cited among most dangerous summer jobs for teenagers

A lot of jobs on a farm offer varying degrees of hazard....More
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