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 10, 2015

There are no GMO peanuts in the market—none, zilch, nada

Apparently, some non-agricultural media writers assume that any new variety released to the market must be genetically modified....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 04, 2015

Annual beach vacation is truly a “Gift from the Sea.”

A trip to the beach is spiritual, primal and restorative....More
in Farm Press Blog Jul 09, 2015

Good memories: reminiscing on 37 years as Farm Press editor

Farm editor career at 37 years and counting....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 30, 2015

Independence Day always brings back memories

Fireworks, cookouts, baseball games, ice cream and honoring our heritage are all part of Independence Day....More
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
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