Industry Leading Agronomists.  With many farming clients, representing over one million hectares, Hutchinsons are a leading agricultural and horticultural input advice and supply company.

Founded in 1938, Hutchinsons remains a family business and now employs over 440 staff nationwide, with more than half directly involved with client-facing agronomic relationships.

A forward thinking, can-do attitude is at the forefront of our philosophy. A long-standing commitment to customers and staff, technological advances and continuity of management are key strengths of the business.

The success of the company is a strong reflection of the dedication and enthusiasm of all staff working closely together cohesively and effectively – it’s our people that make the difference.

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