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 Sep 05, 2012

Choose organic if you like, just not for nutrition advantages

People who feel better about themselves by eating organic food, should, by all means, continue to spend the extra money on these products. Just don’t....More
in Farm Press Blog Aug 14, 2012

For 13 years, drought has been on my mind

I don’t know how many of the last 13 years have been unusually dry — I’m not even certain what the term unusually dry would mean in a region that....More
in Farm Press Blog Jun 14, 2012

Backyard chickens nothing to crow about

The book was dictated by a now-deceased woman who was good at it. It’s probably an interesting if not a completely practical guide on self-....More
in Farm Press Blog May 04, 2012

Farm kids learn valuable lessons from their labor

The United States Department of Labor was correct in reversing its decision to impose severe restrictions on the tasks young people may perform on....More
in Farm Press Blog Apr 26, 2012

Crop insurance, conservation cuts counter-productive

Legislators considering significant cuts in farm program benefits, including slashing funding for federal crop insurance, would do well to think....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 24, 2012

Taking issue with negative article on ag majors

Apparently Mr. Loose is one of those fortunate souls who live in cities and don’t have to worry about how they get fed....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 27, 2011

Back to the farm for young professionals

Seems like a small exodus has begun away from mega companies that treat employees like numbers and back to rural America, where folks can at least....More
in Farm Press Blog Dec 07, 2011

ROL (return on life) an important factor when making farm decisions

If I had a nickel for every farmer I’ve interviewed, every meeting I’ve attended, and especially every session on agricultural economics I’ve sat....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 09, 2011

Two seemingly unrelated events closely connected

Two singularly unique and remarkably important events have occurred, which, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but, on closer consideration,....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 02, 2011

Social media offers insights into organic farming

Social media can sometimes provide a colossal opportunity to fritter away time that could better be used to accomplish a bit of work....More
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