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About

Simone Smith

Free-Range Ag was founded by Simone Smith, an agricultural journalist with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on a range of rural industries.

From the board rooms of ASX companies, to the saleyards and into the paddock, Simone has experience reporting across the supply chain of many agricultural commodities.

Simone led the coverage of the infamous “Dairy Crisis” of 2016 and subsequent sale of Australia’s largest dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn.

Her work is clear, concise and engaging.

Living in a rural community and part of a family farm, clients have appreciated Simone’s understanding of agricultural issues and connection with rural and regional audiences.

Simone lives in regional Victoria and is involved in her family’s farming business. Her clients have appreciated Simone’s understanding of agricultural issues and connection with rural and regional audiences.

Awards & Accreditations

Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists Star Prize for Excellence in Print Reporting – 2018

Represented Australia at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists

Best Agribusiness Story
2017 – Victorian Rural Press Club

Journalist of the Year
2017 – Victorian Rural Press Club

Highly Commended Journalist of the Year
2016 – Victorian Rural Press Club