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 Sep 04, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

Just don’t assume that you’re getting healthier, more nutritious, more environmentally friendly tomatoes or artichokes because they have been grown....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 13, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

As of Aug. 1, I have been a resident of the Southwest for 13 years. The year we moved to Texas, 1999, we arrived in the middle of a prolonged dry,....More
in Farm Press Blog May 18, 2012

Who knew, coffee is a health food?

Yesterday morning as I was enjoying my second cup of coffee—or was it my third (I lose count)—I noticed a headline in the newspaper announcing that....More
in Farm Press Blog May 11, 2012

Farm kids learn valuable lessons from their labor

The United States Department of Labor was correct in reversing its decision to impose severe restrictions on the tasks young people may perform on....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 20, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day; thank a farmer

Farmers have a relationship with the earth that most of us can neither fully appreciate nor adequately understand. Some years the earth yields up a....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 08, 2012

America’s farmers: Thanks for the abundance

Today, March 8, is National Agriculture Day. And anyone who eats today or anyone who has comfortable clothes to wear or anyone who slept in a bed....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 23, 2012

Taking issue with negative article on ag majors

A career, whether it’s in agriculture or business or rocket science, should be about more than a paycheck....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 28, 2011

Back to the farm for young professionals

How you gonna keep ‘em off of the farm after they’ve been savaged by corporate America? Seems like a small exodus has begun away from mega companies....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 06, 2011

Social media offers insights on organic farming

Social media can sometimes provide a colossal opportunity to fritter away time that could better be used to accomplish a bit of work. It can suck you....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 01, 2011

Rural population decline poses ag program challenges

Farm spending makes a great target when so much of the U.S. budget is off limits. A recent report from the non-profit Population Reference Bureau....More
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