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 Nov 21, 2013

Sequestration cuts will hit farm and ranch programs

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) warns that producers should consider expected sequestration cuts as the work with 2014 budgets....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 15, 2013

Wintertime brings discomforts

If there is one thing worse than a cold winter it’s having the flu during a cold winter....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 07, 2013

Texas passes Proposition 6, establishes water plan

Proposition 6 creates a funding apparatus for Texas to develop new water resources, to improve existing sources and to incorporate conservation into....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 30, 2013

TPPA conference has followed ag tends for 25 years

Twenty five years is perhaps a miniscule point in history, but it’s an important milestone for an organization that continues to evaluate and respond....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 23, 2013

Proposition 6 is critical for Texas growth

Texans should approve Proposition 6 in the upcoming election. That proposal would provide $2 billion in seed money to jump start a state water plan....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 08, 2013

Pocket knives are part of my heritage

I was reminded of how much I appreciate a fine pocket knife recently when my colleague Chris Bennett blogged about an Australian farmer who dug....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 19, 2013

Farmers feed us

Agriculture’s detractors point to emphasis on corn and soybean production as failure to respond to needs of poor nations....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 04, 2013

Fall can’t come too quickly

We are still in for several more weeks of oppressively hot weather; 100-degree temperatures remain highly likely, and rain will be scarce. Summer....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 23, 2013

Rotary Club expresses interest in farming

The family farm is alive and well but much different from a generation ago and much different than it will be in the future....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 12, 2013

Misinformation abounds regarding GMOs

Folks who fear genetically engineered crops have little information to support their views....More
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