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 Mar 10, 2014

I really don’t want to catch a cold

So why did I wake up this morning with a scratchy throat, queasiness and a bit of tightness under my eyes that typically mean my sinuses are about to....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 04, 2014

So much of what consumers know about food is wrong

Most people base their opinions on the safety of conventionally-grown and GMO food on rumors, anecdote and the misinformation that abounds in the....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 13, 2014

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Doctor Oz adds to misinformation, confusion about GMO foods....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 12, 2014

Drought, farm bill and barbecue highlight farm meetings

And the big issue for the next few months is likely to be drought — unless it starts in to raining pretty hard in the next week or two....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 04, 2014

Cotton stalk inspires first graders

First graders are inquisitive. Give them something they haven’t seen before and watch their imaginations catch fire as they try to figure out just....More
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
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