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 Apr 22, 2013

Surviving adversity is a process not a comeback

So, one can assume professional football players and Texas cotton farmers have nothing in common. Well maybe they do. Baron Batch thinks so. It’s....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 20, 2013

Those who feed and clothe us

Abundance. Nowhere can that word be used more appropriately than in a typical American grocery store. But with abundance also comes apathy....More
in Farm Press Blog Mar 11, 2013

Crop insurance is good investment; claims of abuse overstated

Crop insurance subsidies offer sound investment for America’s security....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 23, 2013

National debt not greatest challenge facing the country

We survived. We avoided that fiscal cliff, which was considerably steeper and significantly more hazardous than what we face today, and emerged—....More
in Farm Press Blog Jan 11, 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. She hung onto things like scraps of fabric....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday

Thanksgiving encourages me to think about all the things I should be grateful for. I admit I mostly spend the day over-indulging in a lot of those....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 07, 2012

After contentious election, it’s time to heal

The challenge — for winners and losers — will be a big one. Somehow, the U.S. Congress must put aside its stubbornness and intractability and find a....More
in Farm Press Blog Nov 01, 2012

El Nino may be a disappointment for the Southwest

El Nino turned out to be a wimp. Wouldn’t you know that a long-anticipated weather trend that promised to bring more precipitation and cooler....More
in Farm Press Blog Sep 28, 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. My skepticism was well-....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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