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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    View From the Cab

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  • Digging some roots throughout the season tells a tale about whether the corn crop is worth pushing. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    Production Blog

    How fit was the ground at planting this year? The best tool to evaluate the outcome and make further input decisions is an old-fashioned shovel.

  • Farming at higher elevations often means a late start on spring seeding for Dan Lakey, Soda Springs, Idaho. He's participating in DTN's View From the Cab series this year. (Photo courtesy of Dan Lakey)

    View From the Cab

    DTN's View From the Cab series heads to southeastern Idaho this week where Dan Lakey grows at least a dozen crops at the foot of several snowcapped mountain ranges.

  • Ohio farmer Nathan Brown (left) and Minnesota farmer Bob Worth say they hope talking about their experiences with mental health issues will help other farmers. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger on left; photo on right courtesy of Bob Worth)

    Mental Health Hope & Help - 2

    Two farmers who have struggled with and overcome their own mental health issues urge other farmers and ranchers to talk about mental health and reach out to others in their community who may be struggling.

  • The wheat crop is looking good this spring in central Kentucky where Quint Pottinger will be reporting from this season as one of DTN's View From the Cab farmers. (Photo by Leah Pottinger)

    View From the Cab

    Kentucky farmer Quint Pottinger will be reporting as part of DTN's View From the Cab series. This week we take a peek into his philosophies and farming operation.

  • Bob Worth hopes talking about his experiences with depression will help other farmers. (Courtesy of Bob Worth)

    Don't Suffer in Silence

    Two farmers who have struggled with and overcome their own mental health issues urge other farmers and ranchers to talk about mental health and reach out to others in their community who may be struggling.

  • The triple workload of home, farm and, often, off-farm employment, creates a unique set of stressors for farm women. (StockSeller_ukr, Getty Images)

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  • More intentional management of wheat is driving crop performance, Matt Wehmeyer says. (Jason Jenkins)

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    Where wheat grows and how it's used matters.