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 Jan 07, 2016

Things I learned at Beltwide while not attending sessions

I also picked up a few bits of information while not attending official technical Beltwide sessions, and made some observations while being bored in....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 04, 2016

New Orleans: Bread pudding, jazz … and the inevitable cold

Before the black-eyed peas turn into a cold gelatinous mass, before the haunting aroma of collard greens leaves the kitchen, and shortly after the....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 28, 2015

2015 was a tough year for agriculture

Is anyone sorry to see 2015 go?....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 17, 2015

Tradition an important part of Christmas memories

I look forward to a season during which we at least think about the possibility that one day we will see peace and goodwill among all men. Merry....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 08, 2015

Time is relative — and faster than it used to be

Back just 56 or 57 years or so ago, the time from the first week of December until Christmas seemed an eternity....More
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
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