Nutrien Ag Solutions is celebrating one year of serving Australian farmers and their communities, following the merger of Ruralco and Landmark in 2019.
Managing Director Rob Clayton says over the past 12 months Nutrien Ag Solutions has been continuing to invest in local infrastructure, people and a range of assets to ensure they provide even more value to their farmer customers.
“Impacts of higher demand for inputs on the east coast, varied seasons and further constraints due to Covid-19 have highlighted significant supply chain issues for the agriculture sector in the past year,” Mr Clayton said.
“Nutrien Ag Solutions has responded to this challenge with further investment in our local manufacturing capacity. Expansion of our capacity across crop protection, plant nutrition and animal health products at our facilities in Western Australia and Victoria is a vote of confidence in the agriculture industry we supply.”
“Having the right product, at the right price and at the right time is critical to the success of our farmers and that is why we have expanded the physical footprint of our WA facility and increased capacity at both Kwinana and Dandenong manufacturing plants.”
Mr Clayton says while the Nutrien Ag Solutions brand is young, the history in the Australian agricultural landscape stretches back 180 years to encompass some of the most recognised and trusted names in Australian agriculture.
“While our name is new, our passion for agriculture and our unwavering commitment to the success of Australian farmers is unchanged. We believe in the future of Australian agriculture and are pleased to be in a position to invest in the skills, the people, the products and the technology that will help lift the industry to meet its goal of $100 billion farmgate value by 2030,” Mr Clayton says.
Mr Clayton says 2020 has been a challenging year for the nation but the company is proud to have supported their resilient and innovative farmer customers through bushfires, a prolonged drought in many parts of the eastern states and a global pandemic.
“In what has been a tough year for so many, we are proud to have been a part of agriculture’s story of growth. We have hired more than 230 people this year and invested in the future leaders of the industry through our graduate and trainee programs,” Mr Clayton says.
“Our 4,000 employees all play a significant role in their local communities and the wider agricultural industry; providing advice, products and technology that our farmers need to be world-leading in their field.”
Mr Clayton says agriculture is a state-of-the-art industry and Australian farmers are leading the way with ag-tech adoption.
“Our business has committed to a $50m investment in 2021 to ensure Nutrien Ag Solutions is bringing the latest innovative digital platforms to provide farmers with fast and convenient ways to access the products and information they need, at any time, via any device, from any paddock. Our new Livestock processing tool will be released next year, and we have a digital agronomy team ensuring world-leading innovation gets to the hands of growers to make them more successful and more sustainable.”
“We are acutely aware of the unique position we have as part of the world’s largest provider of crop inputs, services and solutions – our mission is to see Australian agriculture succeed,” Mr Clayton says.