Remembering a South Australian grain champion

The South Australian grain industry is remembering the incredibly important contribution of Yorke Peninsula grower – the late Jamie Smith.

Mr Smith was a founding Director of Grain Producers SA (GPSA) and Chair of the Australian Grain Council of Australia.

Mr Smith grew up on his family’s dryland cropping, meat and wool production farm on the Yorke Peninsula and was involved in many different roles across the grain industry, leaving a lasting legacy.

GPSA Chair John Gladigau said Mr Smith’s contribution in helping establish GPSA will always be remembered and for his support to improve outcomes for farmers in dealing with mining and exploration companies through the GPSA mining taskforce.

“Those who knew Jamie talk very highly of his passion and contribution to the South Australian grain industry,” he said.
“Jamie was an inaugural Director of GPSA and he has helped create an outstanding legacy for South Australian grain producers.

“For now we remember a life lost too early and a champion of our sector.”

Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has expressed its deep sadness for the loss of Mr Smith and extends sincere condolences to his family Helly, Alex and Isabelle, and friends, at this difficult time.

Mr Smith was Chair of the Grains Council Australia and made an integral contribution to the successful roundtable process which transitioned the peak national grain group’s representative responsibilities to GPA, creating a stronger and more unified national grain producer voice.

“Jamie will always be remembered as an honest, fearless and determined leader who understood the basic political principle and importance of strength in numbers,” GPA Chair Barry Large said.

GPA Southern Grower Director Andrew Weidemann AM said Mr Smith helped create a lasting legacy in the Australian grains industry, with his strong leadership and contributions for growers in South Australia and across the nation.

“Many grain producers may have never heard of Jamie Smith, but we all benefit from his selfless contributions and determined leadership over a long period of time,” he said.

“Jamie’s held in high regard by GPA and those who saw first-hand the strength and determination of his character and forthright leadership when representing growers, during challenging times.”

Mr Large said Mr Smith was a loyal friend to many people involved in the industry, leaving lasting memories of his determined character, big heart and quick wit.

Jamie’s life will be celebrated in a service at the Central Yorke Football Club Maitland, on Friday 15th December 2023 at 2.00pm. A donation in memory of Jamie can be made to the Ardrossan Community Hospital. Envelopes will be available at his gathering.

Those unable to attend are invited to watch his service from 1.45pm on the link: