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 27, 2014

I’m tired of cold weather, and it’s still January

I usually wait until February to complain about cold weather. But it’s late January—the 27th as I write this—and I’m in Oklahoma and it’s 26 degrees....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 14, 2014

GMO attracts negativity in absence of substance

So, why do folks continue to deny the value of GMO to society? Negative sells better than positive. Scaring people attracts more attention than....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 13, 2014

John Wilde, husband, father, farmer and friend

John Wilde, husband, father, grandfather, cotton farmer and my friend passed away last week following a battle with cancer....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 09, 2014

A bit of rhyme for high cotton time

Typically, I try to inject a note of whimsy into the remarks to remind folk that producing cotton isn’t always just hard work and frayed nerves....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 02, 2014

After 66 years, news story still enlightens

But the best treasure was a newspaper clipping, yellowed and ragged with age, from 1948, the year before I was born. The Greenville News reported on....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 30, 2013

Memorable moments define 2013

I look forward to those farm visits that inform my mind and inspire my soul....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 27, 2013

Former SW editor doing well, recalls changes

I met up with former Southwest Farm Press editor Calvin Pigg the Friday before Christmas. It had been several years since we’d had an opportunity to....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 12, 2013

Cold weather must mean Christmas is coming

I do remember less hectic Christmas seasons. I even have a faint recollection of enjoying the cold weather, and we always hoped for a white Christmas....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 09, 2013

Farmland film to depict challenges of agriculture’s new generation

Farmland, a film about the challenges and opportunities of a new generation of American farmers is scheduled to reach theaters next spring....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 25, 2013

Early Thanksgiving celebration filled with laughter

And that’s what I’m most thankful for on this special holiday—the gift of laughter. It’s always been the essence of my family and I’ve enjoyed it in....More
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