Pamela Smith

Crops Technology Editor

Pamela Smith joined DTN/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. An 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 the Weed Science Society of America. She was awarded a national food writing award for her profile of Father Dominic Garramone, a bread-baking priest. Four generations of her family farm in central Illinois.



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  • Let the crop scout training begin. Luke Garrabrant's daughter, Gracen, indicates her pleasure at the corn yield potential this year. This week DTN's View From the Cab talks about raising crops and kids on the farm. (Photo courtesy of Luke Garrabrant)

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  • Tip back has become a common theme this growing season. How much it will mean to final yield depends on how the crop finishes. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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  • While Washington may be all about new energy sources these days, it is not always all blue skies for farmers and rural communities as they contemplate how the landscape changes. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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  • There's a whole lot of kernel counting going on this time of year as the industry tries to assess potential corn yields. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

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