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.

Cotton farmer Jimmy Dodson honored with Harry S. Baker Award
Jimmy Dodson, National Cotton Council Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award, challenged colleagues to persevere through challenging times.
Soybean harvest
Agriculture: Crucial to security, at risk from ‘variety of threats’
U.S. agriculture’s strength may also be its weakness, making the nation’s agriculture vulnerable to both natural and intentional biological agents.
Tractor in corn field
How big data can boost your farm
Learning how to use big data effectively may be key to increasing productivity to meet the world’s rapidly expanding demand for food and fiber.
Budget clears House with promises to reverse crop insurance cuts

Pressure from the ag industry, speaking in one voice, was instrumental in the agreement to reverse the insurance subsidy cuts in the omnibus.

Ag Day salutes America's farmers, ranchers
"...numbers, dry statistics offer a significant amount of information about our most important industry. What I know about U.S. farmers, however, deals more with emotion than arithmetic. I routinely witness the heart and soul of the U.S. farm," writes Ron Smith, Southwest Farm Press editor.
Time running out to sign up for farm programs
Farmers should gather their production records, check with insurance representatives for yield histories and make appointments to sign up for farm programs.
Farmers insist USDA has ample time to implement APH adjustment for 2015
With crop insurance now the basis of loss protection, the lower yield history presents a financial hardship to many produces.
Will wheat prices rise?
“The current downturn is abnormal,” says Texas AgriLife Extension marketing specialist Stan Bevers. “Typically, the wheat market is moving higher at this time of year.”
House farm bill tabbed monumental, revolutionary

Garrett King, aide to U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., saw no need to contain his excitement Wednesday as he discussed passage of a farm bill earlier in the day by a 251-166, bi-partisan vote.

Fertilizer fascinates Bill Gates
Bill Gates, one of the, most important figures in recent history, extols the value of fertilizer.
Farm groups commend Senate farm bill
Early response to the Senate farm bill has been mostly positive as farm organizations weigh in on the bipartisan proposal passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee May 14.
Crop insurance topic of farm bill talks
Crop insurance will be top of mind as farm bill markups are revealed this week.
Cotton seed companies announce 2013 rookie lineups
Which cotton varieties do you plant this year? Here's a look at the latest new varieties from major seed companies in the Southeast, Mid-South and Southwest.
Farm bills should be designed for times of low prices - Texas A&M's Outlaw
Farmers currently have an opportunity to sign up for the direct and countercyclical payment or the Average Crop Revenue Election program. Signup for ACRE ends June 3, and DCP signup ends Aug. 2. But a lot remains uncertain. For one, how much will budget cuts take from farm support programs?
Farm bill failure creates uncertainty
Failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a farm bill during the last legislative session and apparent apathy from leaders in the House of Representatives to take up the issue anytime soon creates an air of uncertainty and skepticism from farmers and the agricultural industry, according to an agriculture economics professor at Texas Tech University.
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