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 Jun 04, 2015

Shopping for peanut butter leads to frustration

I don’t think I’ve seen a more blatant example of marketing by misinformation....More
in Farm Press Blog May 29, 2015

Volunteer program offers opportunity to encourage reading

I’ve read as a volunteer through a program called the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). They have a lot of opportunities to give back. But you....More
in Farm Press Blog May 26, 2015

Prayed-for moisture across the Southwest hampers farmers’ ability to take advantage

As the month of May came to a damp close, cotton, peanut and grain farmers were trying to get seed in the ground ahead of insurance planting....More
in Farm Press Blog May 15, 2015

Readers respond to need for spokesperson

American agriculture has a story to be proud of....More
in Farm Press Blog May 11, 2015

Agriculture needs a spokesperson to refute media misinformation

Agriculture needs “a unified voice” to rebut the misinformation that spews forth daily from restaurant operations like Chipotle, celebrities like Dr....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 28, 2015

Manners still matter in today’s impolite world

Good manners do exist. I witness examples fairly often....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 21, 2015

Farmers understand Earth Day; they live with it every day

It’s Earth Day. Farmers, better than anyone, understand the reciprocity necessary to produce food and fiber and protect the resource....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 06, 2015

Warm temperatures of early April signal allergies, noisy birds, bug bites and sunburn

Temperatures this week in Denton, Texas, pushed ever so close to the 90-degree mark. In spite of a long-standing household rule that air....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 23, 2015

A short gripe session from your humble editor

A short list of foibles, faux pas and fussiness....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 16, 2015

Ag Day salutes American farmers and ranchers

What I know about U.S. farmers deals more with emotion than arithmetic. I witness the heart and soul of the U.S. farm....More
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