Ron Smith

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.

Maker-assisted breeding will improve peanut varieties
Marker-assisted breeding will allow peanut breeders to identify desired characteristics as well as undesirable traits in segregated varieties and develop new cultivars that take advantage of natural resistance to diseases and other pests,
New farm bill by end of January
Texas AgriLife Professor Joe Outlaw says a new farm bill likely finished by end of January ... maybe.
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2013 Peanut Profitability Award winners review past year’s crop
While excessive rainfall in 2013 caused fits for producers throughout the U.S. Peanut Belt, yields for the most part still averaged good to excellent, and this past year’s Farm Press Peanut Profitability Award winners were among those who generally were satisfied with their most recent crops.
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Murray Phillips: Peanut Profitability Award winner for Southwest
Murray Phillips doesn’t get bored — his diverse Frio County, Texas, farm offers plenty of activity year-round.
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Farm groups respond positively to Senate ag committee farm bill proposal
Early response to the farm bill has been mostly positive as farm organizations weigh in on the bipartisan proposal passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday.
Saving crop insurance agriculture’s farm bill goal
As the ag committees of the House and Senate begin farm bill mark-up, farmers and commodity organizations will be watching closely for safety net proposals.
Children involved in significant number of grain bin entrapment cases
A significant number of accidents involve children and the fatality rate of children involved in grain engulfment is staggering, 70 percent.
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South Texas crops, livestock suffering under third year of drought
South Texas corn and grain sorghum is declining rapidly and cotton is approaching complete failure.
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Texas growers face third straight year of relentless drought
Recent National Weather Service forecasts indicate little hope that rainfall will be any more plentiful in the Corpus Christi area for the foreseeable future.
Input costs top list of cotton grower concerns
Cotton Incorporated research efforts are addressing the top six grower concerns, plus others.
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Crop insurance critical part of risk management plan
Crop insurance needs to be positioned so that producers can rely on it for years to come.
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Budget concerns loom over farm bill debate
Farmers have a lot of capital at risk and need a five-year farm bill to help make decisions.
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Timing of new farm bill has become a guessing game
It appears farm programs are moving toward crop insurance as the risk management tool.
At 98, Elmo Snelling has no desire to retire from cotton farming
Even though he’s working on his 67th cotton crop, 98 year-old Hale County, Texas farmer Elmo Snelling has no plans to retire.
Cotton growers have one chance to get variety selection right
Well before they know what the growing season will bring, cotton growers have one chance to get their variety selection correct.
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