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 opening in July, Agronico is well positioned to increase varieties and quantities into the future.

Our management team

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

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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