Pam Smith

Crops Technology Editor
Pam Smith

Pamela Smith joined DTN/The Progressive Farmer staff as Crops Technology Editor in 2012. She previously was seeds and technology editor for Farm Journal Media. In addition to writing, reporting and photography, Pamela served as the writing coach for the magazine staff. A life-long Illinois native, she started her career as a field editor for Prairie Farmer magazine and has freelanced for a multitude of farm, food and travel magazines.


Pamela is a two-time winner of the American Agriculture Editor's Association Writer of the Year honors. In 2009, she received the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism award for a series on soybean rust. She was the first agricultural journalist to receive that coveted prize, often referred to as the Pulitzer of business journalism. In 2011, she received a second Neal award as part of a team covering the legacy of passing down the farm through the generations. She has also been named the journalist of the year by the American Phytopathological Society (plant pathologists) and was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Five generations of her family farm in central Illinois -- spanning ages of 101 years to 6 months.

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  • Soybeans are super sensitive to dicamba and the characteristic cupping symptoms showed up in many fields last summer. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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    Dicamba Deadline Looms

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    Top 10 Ag News Stories of 2017: 4

    The fourth story in DTN's yearly countdown of the top ag news stories looks at divisive dicamba decisions and how the controversy continues to drift on.

  • The long list of spray requirements to use dicamba herbicides continues to grow as some states fine tune labels for the coming spray season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Spraying Gets Specific

    Arkansas legislators tell state regulators to revise proposed limits on dicamba use; other states set spray limitations that exceed new federal labels on the herbicide.

  • There's a long list of requirements for spray applicators intending to use certain dicamba formulations for the coming season. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Back to School on Dicamba

    New labels require every private and commercial applicator be trained on proper use of dicamba products if they want to spray in 2018.