Ron Smith

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.

Articles
USDA enhances conservation program to address soil erosion
The Conservation Stewardship Program includes 70 million acres of working lands. “That’s the size of Nebraska,” USDA conservationist Kevin Wickey says.
Cottonseed as an oilseed remains top issue for NCC
Continuing to encourage the USDA to consider cottonseed as an “other oilseed” remains a top priority for the National Cotton Council.
U.S. cotton industry takes on contamination issue
The U.S. is at the bottom of the list of countries exporting contaminated cotton, says Bill Norman, of the National Cotton Council.
Ten ways technology will change how retailers support farmers
Agriculture is on the cusp of another revolution as farmers and their key suppliers of goods and services tap the potential of rapidly changing technology.
2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album: Part 4
This photo gallery includes a cross-section of exhibitors, attendees, and those who took part in various seminars, informational sessions, FFA food packaging, and recognition events held in conjunction with the show.
2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album: Part 3
This photo gallery includes a cross-section of exhibitors, attendees, and those who took part in various seminars, informational sessions, FFA food packaging, and recognition events held in conjunction with the show.
2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album: Part 2
This photo gallery includes a cross-section of exhibitors, attendees, and those who took part in various seminars, informational sessions, FFA food packaging, and recognition events held in conjunction with the show.
2016 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album: Part 1
This photo gallery includes a cross-section of exhibitors, attendees, and those who took part in various seminars, informational sessions, FFA food packaging, and recognition events held in conjunction with the show.
Cotton marketing: be patient, cautious, alert
Patience, says Joe Nicosia, will be necessary for U.S. cotton farmers to get through what is likely to be a challenging year.
corn harvest
Grain market strategy: account for ups and downs
If grain prices are to improve significantly in the near term, one or more production regions somewhere will have to have a disaster, says Richard Brock.
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.
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