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

conservation, tillage, claims, unfounded
in Farm Press Blog May 06, 2013

Conservation-tillage pollution claims hard to understand

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is taking no-till to task, claiming that the practice is linked to increased waterway pollution....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 11, 2013

Surviving adversity is a process not a comeback

It's not the hard times that define a person. It’s how he responds to those rough spots....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 08, 2013

Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse are overstated

I’ve covered agriculture for long enough and seen enough farm bills that did little to assure a secure, affordable and safe food supply, let alone....More
in Farm Press Blog Feb 26, 2013

Decades later, snow day still brings smiles — but for different reasons

When I was a kid (or at least more of a kid than I am now), I kept a weather eye out in winter — looking for signs of pending snowstorms....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 10, 2013

We celebrated our mother’s life

My mother, like all mothers, was not perfect. She tended to be a bit overprotective of her five children....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 17, 2012

There's nothing more wonderful than children

I have mentioned before that I spend 30 minutes each week reading to first graders in a school near our home....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 12, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 07, 2012

It’s time to heal after contentious election

It was a long night, a fitting conclusion, I suppose, to a long and often bitter presidential election campaign....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 26, 2012

Not surprised at farm bill failure to launch

Since sometime last spring I’ve been skeptical of the likelihood that the U.S. Congress would pass a farm bill this year....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 17, 2012

Lowell Catlett, futurist, motivates and entertains

If you ever get a chance to hear Lowell Catlett speak, do so. You will not regret it. Buy a ticket if you have to. The experience will be worth the....More
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