Dave Smith is a freelancer writer who was hired in 2003 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to "research and write articles for hunting and fishing magazines describing the benefits of NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) programs."
In May 2005 Mark Memmott reported in USA Today revealed that Smith was paid $9,375 in 2003 and that in late 2004 three articles appeared in hunting and fishing magazines Outdoor Oklahoma (published by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation) and Washington-Oregon Game & Fish, (published by Primedia). "Neither identified Smith as having been paid by the government. The stories focused on how money from a 2002 agricultural subsidy bill had been used to help preserve wetlands that hunting and fishing enthusiasts enjoy in Oklahoma and the Northwest," Memmott wrote. 
Other SourceWatch resources
- Mark Memmott, "Agriculture Dept. paid journalist for favorable stories", USA Today, May 10, 2005.