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.

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.
John Wilde – 2013 Southwest High Cotton Winner
John Wilde walks slowly between rows of waist-high cotton, stops at a stalk loaded top to bottom with large open bolls, and plucks a handful of fiber from the burrs. Pulling on the snow-white lint, he draws the fibers apart and marvels at the potential.
Traditional methods, new products could help weed resistance management (Southwest Farm Press)
Paul Baumann tried to warn folks that injudicious use of one specific herbicide would result in selecting for weeds resistant to it.
Fiscal cliff not as steep as stated (Southwest Farm Press)
“How the fiscal cliff is resolved has a bearing on both near-term growth and long-term debt,” says Chad Wilkerson, Oklahoma City Branch executive and economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Traditional methods, new products could help weed resistance management
Paul Baumann may have never claimed kinship with John the Baptist, but at times over the past decade he may have felt something “like a voice crying in the wilderness,” as he tried to warn folks that injudicious use of one specific herbicide would result in selecting for weeds resistant to it.
Oceans combine to change U.S. weather patterns 1
A combination of warming water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation pattern (which shifts heat and energy to different parts of the world) is creating more extreme weather patterns and affecting food production.
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. Failure to do so could mean millions of dollars in estate taxes to those heirs, says Rob Gunther, Frost PLLC, Little Rock, Ark.
Commodity prices should remain high for next decade. 2
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service spokesman expects commodity prices to remain at historically high levels for the next decade.
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