Mr. Smith is a Melbourne-based, world-renowned agriculture and horticulture expert, consultant and lecturer. Mr. Smith is a Certified Practicing Agriculturist (CPAG), from the Australian Institute Agricultural Science and Technology. Graeme Smith Consulting has (beginning with Hydroponic Designs Pty Ltd), delivered over 40 protected cropping projects around Australia since 1995. These projects have largely delivered modern greenhouse food production systems ranging from 400m2 to 50,000m2 in poly tunnels through to modern glasshouses. Most of Mr. Smith's food production projects involved full return on system design, costings, project management, as well as commissioning and ongoing crop advisory services.
Mr. Smith is a former Chairman of 'Protected Cropping Working and Advisory Group' for Horticulture Australia Ltd. (HAL) and AusVeg Inc. He was the former Chair of UWS Industry Consultative Committee and oversaw the $3.3 million partnership with HIA, which delivered an R&D and training glasshouse to the Hawkesbury, NSW campus. During 2015-2016 he was a Partner in the iFarmGROUP, which developed leafy green production systems fully automated from seed to truck. In 2015, Mr. Smith was the honoured congress guest speaker at the Greenhouse Growers Conference in Toluca, Mexico. That year he joined as an Equity Partner and Greenhouse Horticultural Technical Advisor for Nectar Farms with plans for 40 hectares of climate resilient glasshouses at Stawell, Victoria.
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