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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  • Another weed control technology heads to the field this spring, but under a strict stewardship agreement with ADM. The Enlist E3 trait does not yet have all of the import approvals needed for it to enter some export channels. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Bean Trait News

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  • A crop sprayer lumbers across the landscape at Bayer's Laacher Hof concept farm near Monheim, Germany, to demonstrate how smart sprayers can target just areas where weeds escaped earlier treatments. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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  • , Liam Condon, said the current farm economy is volatile, but the company remains committed to its plan to purchase Monsanto, despite a request for more time on the deal. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Bayer Requests Extension

    German-based Bayer announced Tuesday that it has asked for an extension on its acquisition of Monsanto.

  • The Pesticide Committee of the Arkansas State Plant Board met in Jonesboro on Tuesday to discuss further regulations on use of dicamba herbicide. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Dicamba Ruling Advances

    The Pesticide Committee of the Arkansas State Plant Board voted this week to take task force recommendations on dicamba use in the state to the state's full Plant Board.

  • Jill Lambert knew that if she was going to make farming her profession, she had to be more than a tractor driver. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)

    New Faces of Ag - 6

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