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 11, 2014

Yellowstone is a testament to conservationist foresight

A week is not enough time to see everything of interest in Yellowstone National Park, so I’ll have to go back sometime....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 02, 2014

‘New normal’ crop prices short lived

“Nothing threatens high prices like high prices,” some wise observers noted at the time....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 29, 2014

Recalling the days before map apps

I used to keep a large road atlas in my vehicle and recall many occasions when I’d pull off the road to find out how to get from places like Cairo,....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 26, 2014

Ugly truck deadline fast approaching

Competition is heating up but some of these dilapidated old jalopies can’t take much heat....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 05, 2014

Farmers markets offer fresh, tasty produce

This is the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week. Find where the closest market is....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 04, 2014

Ugly truck contest deadline is Aug. 31

I’ve seen some pretty beat up old trucks in my travels over the years and I’d like to show some appreciation for their service....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 31, 2014

Fifteen years and counting

The last 15 years have been the most rewarding of my career. And I’m not done yet....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 21, 2014

Ugly truck wanted

Ugly truck photo contest will award $100 prize to winner....More
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
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