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 Jun 20, 2011

Drought of 2011 one of most depressing to cover

I’ve written about a lot of droughts in the course of more than 30 years reporting on agriculture. And I’ve probably written about more droughts in....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 20, 2011

Farm visit is ideal Earth Day activity

I celebrated Earth Day a few days early this year – Tuesday, April 19....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 21, 2011

We appreciate your calls and e-mails

Some interesting communiqués have arrived via phone and email over the past week or so, some in response to the article I wrote recently on my mother....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 24, 2011

Cotton mill tour rekindles memories

The first real job, the first work I did for which I got a company paycheck, was in a cotton mill. The summer after I graduated from high school my....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 23, 2010

Grandson reminds me of simpler Christmas

A few days ago my oldest grandson, Aaron, who often amazes me with his perception and generosity, said he didn’t need as many toys for Christmas this....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 17, 2010

Satellite radio recalls bygone era

If someone had told me 30 years ago that I would someday pay to have a radio installed in my vehicle and then pay a monthly fee to listen to it I....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 25, 2010

HFCS is just sugar

Sugar from corn, especially high fructose corn syrup, suffers from an undeserved image problem....More
in Farm Press Blog Oct 14, 2010

Does anyone know of a cure for stupid? Please!

Some days I feel like a complete and total idiot, as opposed to the rest of the days when I feel like a normal idiot....More
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