By Haldimand Press Staff
Haldimand has a rich history of farming families who have made their mark on its soil for generations. From farmers to equipment sales, from transportation to seed sales and more, the hard work and dedication to produce and distribute fresh, local food has engrained these family names into the county’s history – perhaps none more so than Clark.
The most recent expansion of The Clark Companies occurred in 2019 when Clark Agri Service purchased the former Cargill crop input location in Waterford. This purchase gave Clark Agri Service a second location to better serve their growing client list.
“We purchased the Waterford location specifically to help service customers in the Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant, and Hamilton regions better,” explained President Brad Mandryk. “Our service area has grown over the last decade, and adding an additional location in Norfolk County made sense for us as a business. The customer base also really needed a reliable partner they could count on.”
“We have kept all of the same dedicated staff in place so our customers will feel at home when calling the location,” continued Mandryk. “In addition, the Waterford site was in excellent condition and is set up perfectly for future expansion, or new technologies when the time is right.”
General Manager Chris Pattison notes that Waterford improvements have already started, including truck purchases and the installation of a 20,000 gallon liquid fertilizer tank. This is just the most recent sign of the significant growth The Clark Companies has seen since W. Murray Clark first got into the ag business marketing poultry production equipment in 1950.
Ron Clark would join his father in the family business in 1966, which had already grown by then “into a family of crop farming, poultry equipment, and poultry farms collectively known as The Clark Companies”, explained Pattison. Clark Agri Service would join that family of businesses in 1994 when The Clark Companies purchased the Dunnville Co-op, putting Ron’s son Jason in charge of the growing agri operations.
Pattison noted, “Since Clark Agri Service opened 25 years ago, we have transitioned into a full-service agricultural retailer. We have a complete team of dedicated staff to help farmers obtain all of their crop inputs. In addition, we have an experienced team of Agronomists to help local growers maximize their yield potential for crop production.”
At both its original location in Wellandport and the new location in Waterford, Clark Agri Service provides expert agronomy services, ag retail services, grain marketing services, and precision ag to help farmers plan their crop inputs and achieve maximum yields. They also offer custom blended bagged and bulk fertilizer, custom treated bulk soybean seed, as well as a complete line of corn, wheat, cover crop, and forage seeds. Seed brands include Dekalb, Brevant, and NK Seeds. Pattison added, “We are now expanding into some newer non-traditional seeds for customers such as canola and industrial hemp, which is very exciting.”
“Being full service means we offer everything from the seed that is planted in the ground to grain marketing allowing farmers to sell their crop. In addition, we offer services such as soil sampling, crop drone flights, satellite imagery, and all other aspects of precision agriculture to ensure our customers are getting an excellent return on their investment with the latest technologies,” continued Pattison. “We also have equipment for applying crop protection and fertilizer on customers’ fields.”
Whatever they may need, Clark Agri Services, and all The Clark Companies, are prepared to help farmers have a successful season: “We have invested heavily into equipment and technology to be prepared for when the customer needs us and our services. We continue to grow all of our ag service businesses in order to make our farming customers succeed.”