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.

Estate planning crucial by year-end
Farmers and ranchers who have not made arrangements for estate planning should run, not walk, to their tax advisors and determine if they should transfer assets to their heirs before year-end.
Droughts changing the way High Plains farmers grow cotton 1
Two consecutive droughts may be changing the way Texas High Plains cotton farmers manage their crops.
Agriculture a big factor in narrowing trade gap
The United States is narrowing the gap between what it buys from other countries and what it sells overseas, says Ambassador Islam Siddiqui, chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Presidential election rated as 'toss up' by political observers
If you happen to be a person prone to picking the ponies, yanking on the handle of a slot machine, or playing Texas Hold ‘em ‘til the wee hours of the morning, you’d be better off staying with these relatively sure things rather than betting on national elections.
Technology drives changing produce market
In the words of the 20th Century poet and philosopher Bob Dylan, “The times they are a- changin’.”
Crop insurance, quick action top list of farm bill objectives
Commodity groups don’t always agree on the specifics they want or need in a farm bill.
Commodity prices expected to remain high for next decade
Some wood may need knocking on here, but a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service spokesman expects commodity prices to remain at historically high levels for the next decade.
Farm bill will happen; timing is the question 2
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is convinced the nation’s farmers and ranchers will get a new farm bill.
Expensive fertilizer becoming bigger part of wheat production budget 1
Wheat farmers can count on high fertilizer prices becoming a consistent factor in annual production budgets.
Guest worker program needed to provide ag labor
Texas state senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa remembers the day when he was five years old — picking tomatoes with his mother in the Rio Grande Valley.
Mexico, U.S. have long and profitable trade relationship
You can pick out a lot of horns on the dilemma that is Mexico.
Severe immigration laws weaken the economy 1
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, signed into law last May by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, cost the state more than $340 million dollars and more than 3,000 jobs, despite assurances from Governor Deal that eliminating illegal labor would create 11,000 new jobs.
Brother, sister eager to carry on family farm tradition 2
In 1945 the average age of the United States farmer was 39 years old. By 1974 that average had risen to 45 years. In 2007, our average farmer was 58, according to USDA figures.
Allocating water resources requires balance
Water. We take it for granted.
Texas peanut crop off to best start in recent years
Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist Jason Woodward says the state peanut crop, so far, looks better than any he’s seen since he’s been in Texas.
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