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 Dec 31, 2012

Rodent revenge is repulsive

“Dad, I just saw a rat in the attic. We better not tell mom.” Good advice. I baited a trap with peanut butter to dispatch the rodent to a better....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 17, 2012

Nothing more wonderful than children

I have mentioned before that I spend 30 minutes each week reading to first graders in a school near our home. I thought of those little guys as I was....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 20, 2012

GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance

However, and this is a big however, when an organization determines that a product is bad and decides to turn other people against it, they should....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 15, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving encourages me to think about all the things I should be grateful for. I admit I mostly spend the day over-indulging in a lot of those....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 07, 2012

After contentious election, it’s time to heal

Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a way to work together to solve the tremendous problems facing....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 01, 2012

El Nino may be a disappointment for the Southwest

El Nino turned out to be a wimp. Wouldn’t you know that a long-anticipated weather trend that promised to bring more precipitation and cooler....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 24, 2012

Seeking trout is motivation to exercise

But now I’m motivated. It’s not that I have to buy bigger jeans every time I wear the old ones out. And it’s not that my favorite tee shirts are a....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 05, 2012

End of summer brings conflicting emotions?

Summer’s end comes with a bit of bittersweet sentiment, even here in Texas where three-months can’t contain all the summer allotted to us....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 25, 2012

Not surprised at farm bill failure to launch

Since sometime last spring I’ve been skeptical of the likelihood that the U.S. Congress would pass a farm bill this year. My skepticism was well-....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 14, 2012

Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the....More
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