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.

Strong demand outside China supporting cotton prices
O.A. Cleveland can’t see 90-cent cotton — 86 cents a pound, maybe.
Economist says farm bills should be designed for times of low prices
Among all the unanswered questions about the farm bill, one thing is certain: farmers will operate under the 2008 law through 2013.
Southwest growers dealing with erratic wheat stands
Ronnie Lumpkins has a bit of a management dilemma: how to manage a wheat crop that emerged in two distinct phases; about half came up shortly after a late October planting; the rest after a combination of late December rain and snow provided enough moisture for seed to germinate.
Will agriculture get caught in another round of budget cuts?
Pushing the farm bill to the future means greater risk for changes in the budget and available money for agriculture.
Former Peanut Profitability winners saw record crops in 2012
Fifty-five inches of rain from planting until harvest is too much rain for any farmer, even a dryland peanut producer.
John Wilde is 2013 Farm Press High Cotton Award winner for Southwest region
John Wilde walks slowly between rows of waist-high cotton, stops at a stalk loaded top to bottom with large open bolls, and plucks a handful of fiber from the burrs.
Variable rate technology improves efficiency, profit potential
It’s no secret that agriculture has always been, continues to be and will be into the foreseeable future a challenging way to make a living.
Next farm bill could be the last 2
As Congress decides whether to move on a new farm bill or to continue to punt the issue into next year, some wonder if this could be the last farm bill available to U.S. producers.
Texas cotton acreage giving way to grain crops
Texas cotton acreage likely will slip significantly in 2013 as farmers try to capitalize on better pricing opportunities with grain.
Cuba trade holds promise for U.S. agricultural exports
Cuba relies on imports for 75 percent of its food, creating a huge potential market for U.S. farmers and ranchers, says Parr Rosson, head, Texas A&M Agricultural Economics Department and AgriLife Extension economist.
Rural economic outlook promising
Wheat prices are expected to hold well into next year, and farmland values are expected to stay strong.
Despite challenge, agriculture in an exciting time
It’s an exciting time to be involved in agriculture.
Fiscal cliff not as steep as stated
The headache some folks wake up with on Jan. 1, 2013, most likely will be the result of New Year’s Eve over-indulgence rather than a precipitous fall over the mythical fiscal cliff.
Texas growers now facing reality of resistant weeds
Paul Baumann may have never claimed kinship with John the Baptist, but at times over the past decade he may have felt something “like a voice crying in the wilderness,” as he tried to warn folks that injudicious use of one specific herbicide would result in selecting for weeds resistant to it.
Texas cotton, grain sorghum dodge freeze bullet
Cotton and grain sorghum weathered an early October freeze better than many observers feared, but some problems may warrant attention as growers prepare for harvest, say Texas AgriLife Extension specialists.
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