The AgLink story began in 1986 in Australia with humble beginnings. In 1986 a small group of leading horticultural rural retailers in Australia (including EE Muirs, Serve-Ag and IK Caldwell’s) formed the group that was then known as IHD (Independent Horticultural Distributors). The group’s initial activities were to engage collectively with the agricultural chemical manufacturers of the day to ensure the “voice of independents was heard”. What followed from this new level of engagement was a focus on harnessing the technical expertise within the group’s members and working with those key R and D suppliers in jointly developing and launching of new molecule technologies. This has remained a key defining part of the group capability to this day.

From that initial start the group has grown into a truly national group of companies (currently 15) that sell a wide range of input supplies across all categories into the major agricultural industries including horticulture, broad acre cropping, livestock and intensive irrigation industries. This diversity and geographic coverage resulted in a change of name from IHD to AgLink in 2012. AgLink better reflecting the group’s diversity and linkages across many aspects of the industry. The group has now emerged as the major leading independent distribution group across Australia. The group continues to maintain its focus on bring new technology from suppliers to our members farmer customers.

In 2017 a leading group of Western Canadian independent retails identified the AgLink model as a successful blueprint to establish a similar group in Canada. AgLink Canada was launched in September 2017 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan.