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. 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 06, 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 Mar 25, 2013

Those who feed and clothe us

How many people take time to consider the efforts that some farmer or rancher took to assure that Americans enjoy an abundant, wholesome supply of....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 19, 2013

Time to remember those who feed and clothe us

I am privileged to know farmers. I am blessed to be able to tell their stories, empathize with their hardships and enjoy their triumphs. Today we....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 08, 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 Jan 02, 2013

Rodent revenge is repulsive

The first time I heard what sounded like scurrying feet on the roof above our bedroom I thought: “Those pesky squirrels are scarfing up acorns off my....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 28, 2012

GMO scare is a lot of hype with little substance

Several years ago I received a news release, just before Thanksgiving, urging folks to abstain from turkey at their holiday feast and to substitute “....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 07, 2012

After contentious election, it’s time to heal

The challenge — for winners and losers — will be a big one. Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 27, 2012

Seeking trout is motivation to exercise

For the last few years I’ve promised myself from time to time that I would begin the process of getting back into shape....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 27, 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 17, 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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