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 May 03, 2013

No-till pollution claims hard to understand

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is taking no-till to task, claiming that the practice is linked to increased waterway pollution....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 23, 2013

Fishing is a journey; catching not required

Fishing is much more than counting the number of scaly specimens one can accumulate in a day....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 10, 2013

Surviving adversity is a process not a comeback

So, one can assume professional football players and Texas cotton farmers have nothing in common. Well maybe they do. Baron Batch thinks so. It’s....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 20, 2013

Second annual ‘Springtime in the Southwest’ photo contest set

It’s springtime in the Southwest and we invite you to send us your favorite springtime photos and participate in the second annual springtime photo....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 19, 2013

Time to remember those who feed and clothe us

We don’t consider the efforts a rancher made to chop the ice out of water tanks so his cattle could drink on an intolerably cold January day. We don’....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 07, 2013

Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated

Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 22, 2013

Decades later, snow day still brings smiles — but for different reasons

It didn’t take much accumulation for Anderson County officials to close schools for a day or two. We were ill-equipped for dealing with slippery....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 12, 2013

Meeting water demand requires unusual solutions

I can’t remember the last time I went to a production meeting in the Southwest that someone didn’t talk about water—or, more precisely, the lack of it....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 04, 2013

Irregular farmer meetings offer unique insights

At irregular intervals I meet with a group of regular farmers in Northeast Texas. Or maybe it’s on regular intervals I meet with an irregular group....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 18, 2013

National debt not greatest challenge facing the country

We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—....More
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