Dr. Ed Smith

Dr. Ed Smith has served on the Ag Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Board of Directors since 2005.

Smith has multiple degrees in his chosen field of ag economics. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University in 1973 and 1977. In 1982, Smith completed his doctorate in agricultural economics and was conferred a doctorate in marketing by the university.

Smith began his 38-year career in ag extension after accepting a position with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services, where he spent his entire professional life. He worked as an assistant and agent in 1975 and 1977, servicing Gaines and Terry counties before being named grain marketing specialist in 1982. By 1987, Smith joined the Roy B. Davis Professor of Agriculture Cooperation, where he worked to stabilize co-op businesses via policy and marketing strategy.

In 2001, Smith moved into administration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program when he was appointed associate director for Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 2004, he stepped in as interim director only to have the interim title removed one year later. He served in the role until retiring in 2012.

Smith’s exceptional service was awarded with the title of director emeritus upon his retirement. Post-retirement, he lent his expertise as a consultant with AFPC, served as a municipal court judge in Tahoka, and contributed to the Lynn County Juvenile Probation and Hospital Boards.

Smith and his wife, Elaine, live together in Bryan, Texas. They have two children, Edward and Jonathan, and four grandchildren. In his leisure time, Smith enjoys watching sports, especially with his grandkids.