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 Aug 06, 2013

Baseball blemished by cheaters

Sports figures as heroes are likely to disappoint. Today’s real heroes include teachers, nurses and farmers and other people who do their jobs with....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 31, 2013

Vacation trip runs through corn country

From the roadside ditch to where the eye was inadequate to differentiate field from sky, Iowa is filled with corn....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 23, 2013

Lessons to learn before I hit 65

In mid-July, I passed a semi-important milestone. I turned 64....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 05, 2013

Optimism misplaced with current Congress

Yet I remain fairly confident in our ability to improve, to rise above our failings, to defeat our inner demons. Except for Congress....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 01, 2013

I’m among the 30 percent who like their jobs

I am among a special 30 percent of the U.S. population. I am blessed among men, lucky to be where I am and fortunate not to be a curmudgeon—though....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 13, 2013

Does water treaty have no teeth? And if not, what good is it?

It’s not just agriculture that requires adequate water; other industries, institutions and homes also need water that Mexico is refusing to release....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 03, 2013

Back pain common U.S. ailment

Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the United States....More
in Farm Press Blog May 23, 2013

Buying cheap not the solution for recovery

Maybe we should look at the big picture: better products, made at home, by our neighbors who buy other products and pay their fair taxes to support....More
in Farm Press Blog May 20, 2013

Solutions to water crisis unsustainable

Yes, we need concerted efforts to figure out how to use our water more efficiently. We need better varieties, better cropping systems more efficient....More
in Farm Press Blog May 13, 2013

Bill Gates finds fertilizer fascinating

“A few billion people would have to die if we hadn’t come up with fertilizer.”....More
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