Farm Progress

Aug. 31 deadline for ugliest truck photos

Ron Smith 1

August 18, 2014

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<p>The rust helps.</p>

We’re nearing the Aug. 31 deadline for ugliest truck photos, so we would like to share some top contenders and perhaps challenge readers to see if they can match or exceed the ugliness portrayed in this gallery.

Just a reminder, trucks will be judged on overall condition. The more rust the better. Dents add character and a missing fender or hood from a different vehicle will be an advantage. Dirt helps. Junk in the truck bed also lends authenticity. Chains, old plow points, beat-up pieces of metal of uncertain origin add a hint of mystery to the entry.

Remember, a $100 gift certificate will be awarded to the winner, which could buy some of these vehicles or at least go a long way toward hauling them to the nearest recycle facility—junkyard.

Judging will be conducted by readers.

More than one entry is allowed per farm if anyone cares to admit to having two or more ugly trucks.

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 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. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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