About us

30 years experience

Agronico was formed in 1985 by agronomist Julian Shaw (BAgrSc) who with 9 years prior experience working for Glaxo Smith Kline in the development of effective weed control in the poppy industry in Tasmania identified the need for independent agronomy advice. The company began as a consultancy business, providing advice to growers, but early on there was a noticeable need for a research division to solve technical problems. By the early 1990’s Agronico had grown to 10+ employees and 2 divisions and were steadily increasing contracts with growers and agri-business across the state.

In 1997 Agronico’s R&D team started running trials on hydroponic potatoes. These trials indicated the method had the potential to improve the efficiency of potato propagation. These trials were supported in 2001 with an AusIndustry grant for innovation. Another major AusIndustry supported research project looked at developing processes for production of high quality predictable seed potato tubers, which formed the bases for the development of a successful seed potato production business.

The company has seen significant growth in the last 5 years and now has in addition to a dozen full time employees, over 15 casual employees involved in the potato grading and packing operation, and produces nearly a quarter of a million minitubers and 10,000 tonnes of seed potatoes.

With a state of the art factory and cool store opened in July 2017, Agronico is well positioned to increase varieties and quantities into the future.

Our story

Cool Timeline

1985
September 23

Agronico was founded

Agronico was founded by agronomist Julian Shaw (BAgrSc) as a consultancy business, providing independent advice to growers.
1995
January 1

Initial growth

Agronico had grown to 10+ employees and 2 divisions with increasing contracts for growers and agri-business across TAS.
1997
July 4

Hydroponic minituber trials

In 1997 Agronico’s R&D team started running trials on hydroponic potatoes. These trials indicated the method had the potential to improve the efficiency of potato propagation.
2001
November 3

AusIndustry grant

These trials were supported in 2001 with an AusIndustry grant for innovation. The effect of the grant was to take this from an idea to a fledgling commercial business.
2006
April 20

A second grant

AusIndustry provided a further grant to develop processes for production of high quality predictable seed potato tubers.
2010
August 9

Building a factory

Agronico purchases the property at 4 Cockers Creek, Spreyton and converts a factory for efficient potato grading and cutting.
2015
September 16

A further grant

A further grant allowed expansion to a wire mesh potato grader which provided efficiency and minimised any handling damage to the potatoes.
2017
July 26

Largest potato coolstore in Tasmania open

Agronico opens a state of the art coolstore in Spreyton, the largest of its kind in Tasmania.

Our management team

Robert Graham
Robert Graham
Chief Executive Officer
Stuart McKay
Stuart McKay
Senior Technologist
Julian Shaw
Julian Shaw
Managing Director

Our Customers

Building Agronico's cool storage facility has been as good as it gets! This large scale project went very smoothly.  The sheer size of this building gave Bison the opportunity to showcase our efficient construction processes while utilizing some of our larger construction equipment.  I must say I admire owner Julian Shaw and his team for this bold move and trust the building serves them well in the future of seed production.
David BissetProject Manager Bison Constructions

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