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 Jan 27, 2015

Time running out to sign up for farm programs

Farmers should gather their production records, check with insurance representatives for yield histories and make appointments to sign up for these....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 14, 2015

IPM agent’s dirty boots will be hard to fill

Jim worked the Northeast corner of Texas, an area rich in some good soils (some not so good); a tradition of producing a varied crop mix....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 07, 2015

Regrets on missing Beltwide

Ronnie and R.N. — farmers, leaders, friends — congratulations on an honor well-deserved....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 02, 2015

Blank slate comes with lot of opportunities

Something about this computer screen reminds me of January. t is, or was, a blank page, which sometimes seems like an insurmountable challenge—a....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 29, 2014

Hoping to be useful every day of 2015

I’m hoping 2015 will bring an end to this prolonged drought....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 17, 2014

Nothing small about Christmas

We have a new grandson to help celebrate his first Christmas....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 03, 2014

Digital age is fraught with potential pitfalls

I am opposed to selfies....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 01, 2014

Water sacrifices need to be shared

Rice farmers will be hit particularly hard and for the third or fourth year in a row. Many have lost production, and some have abandoned acreage....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 25, 2014

Thanksgiving memories—how they linger

Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for what we have—a turkey, a chicken, a day in the woods with your dad, a slice of your mom’s sweet potato pie....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 20, 2014

Harvest is time to evaluate efforts

In recent weeks I’ve watched farmers harvest corn, cotton and other crops and have been privileged to ride along as they moved combines and strippers....More
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