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 Farmcraft Kalbar has been named the CRT Community Member of the Year. Awarded to the CRT member who has shown the greatest level of commitment and support for their community across Australia, it is a very prestigious and highly competitive title.

Community support is a focus for the CRT group and the award is designed to encourage and reward those giving back to their communities. An integral part of the Kalbar community for 25 years, the team at Farmcraft continue to work alongside their community to enable it to thrive. The winner was announced at the recent CRT National Conference, held in Perth. “It was really the huge variety of contributions they made that made them a stand out nominee,” explained Greg O’Neil, Ruralco Executive General Manager responsible for the CRT network.

Farmcraft support a number of local organisations, including the Fassifern Cricket Association, Fassifern Falcons AFL club, Fassifern Men’s Shed and the Beaudesert High School. “We support all of these groups because we know how important they are in bringing us together and strengthening our community,” explained Alistair Ross, Managing Director of Farmcraft Kalbar.

A willingness to get involved and donate time as well as financial support also contributed to Farmcraft’s win. “It really is about more than just financial support. We believe it is important our CRT members really get involved and spend time getting to know their community members and the team at Farmcraft Kalbar are a great example of this,” said Mr. O’Neil. With staff volunteering their time to assist local football clubs and the Rural Fire Service, the Farmcraft team have become valued members of their community.

This involvement has led to an understanding of the community and an ability to rally those around them in difficult times. When a young local was seriously injured in a car accident, they united their community to raise funds to support his recovery. “It was a really upsetting event but we knew it was important to channel our emotion into doing something proactive,” said Mr. Ross.

He commended the efforts of all of the staff at Farmcraft Kalbar in securing the award. “It is an honour to work with such a great bunch of people who are so community minded,” said Mr. Ross. “We are incredibly honoured to have won the award but it is the response we get from our community that truly makes our efforts worthwhile,” he said.

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About CRT

CRT (Combined Rural Traders) is Australia’s largest group of independent rural retailers with close to 400 stores nationally.  The group has specialist animal health advisors, agronomists and rural merchandise staff to ensure customers have the right products and advice to keep livestock healthy and farms producing efficiently.

As part of leading national agribusiness group, Ruralco Holdings Limited, CRT’s have access to an extensive range of services and resources including the group’s massive buying power, streamlined back office systems and specialist business services such as risk management.


Two Farmcraft Store named TOP 6 QLD Business Partner of the Year Award Finalists

Farmcraft had two stores in the running for the 2017 Business Partner of the Year Award. Farmcraft Kalbar has been a regular finalist and winner for a number of years but this year the Coopers Plains Store made the cut.

Dalby Rural Supplies was announced the Winner on the night congratulation to all the finalists. Farmcraft Kalbar was later announced on the night winner of the 2017 National Community Member of the Year.


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 CRT Farmfest Trailer Winner 2017

Trailer Winner Dalby

Andrew and Claire Walker, winners of the CRT Farmfest “Trailer full of Goodies”, dropped in to Dalby Rural Supplies to collect their prize. We hope that they put all the products and trailer to good use. Thanks go to all our suppliers, CRT and Farmcraft who organised this wonderful prize.



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CRT Farmfest 2017

CRT Farmfest 2017 was held at Kingsthorpe Park on the 7th-9th of June. The three day event was a great success with good weather and lots of bargains around. Farmcraft would like to thank all our loyal customers who visited us during the event. We would also like to thank Dalby Rural Supplies, CRT, our Suppliers and staff for their hard work.

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Farmcraft attends Jimboomba Field Day 2016

The Jimboomba Field Day was held on the 25th-26th June 2016. The event raised funds for Farmers affected by drought. Staff from our Acacia Ridge store attended the event to showcase products sold at the store. The event was a great success with a good turnout and lots of customers to chat to.

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Farmcraft finalist- 2015 Community Member of the Year

Farmcraft was named a finalist for the new CRT Community Member of Year. CRT members are encouraged to engage with their local communities in as many ways as possible. Watch Managing Director Alistair Ross and other CRT members speak about the importance of Community within their towns.


Farmcraft celebrates and gives back to the community

Farmcraft Kalbar celebrated the completion of their store renovations with an in-store day on Saturday 9th April 2016. Over 20 Suppliers showcased their products on the day and shared their expert knowledge. Farmcraft also raised money towards two charities which totaled over $500.

The Fassifern Cobras Soccer team also received a $500 donation on behalf of Farmcraft Kalbar. The donation was made by Bayer Australia through Farmcraft Rural Supplies. The donation was a way for Bayer to give back to the local community as many of Farmcraft’s loyal customers support their business by purchasing Bayer products.

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Farmcraft Wins CRT QLD Retailer of the Year 2015

The 2016 CRT conference was held on the 11-14th of February 2016, which included the Gala Dinner Awards ceremony announcing the 2015 business awards. The Farmcraft team was excited to learn we made the top 6 finalist for QLD/NT. We had some tough competition to keep us on our toes including Dalby Rural Supplies, BGA Agriservices, Alpha Merchandise, Ingham Farm Centre and The Raff Group.

After winning the State award in 2012 and National award in 2014 we are honored to say we won the QLD/NT Business of the Year 2015. The award recognises professionalism, commitment to local communities, support for staff, suppliers and fellow CRT Members.

Farmcraft was also named a finalist for the new CRT Community Member of Year. CRT members are encouraged to engage with their local communities in as many ways as possible.

Congratulations to all winners and finalists.

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Farmcraft donates $1000 to the Fassifern Men’s Shed

Boonah and Kalbar Farmcraft have donated $1000 to the Fassifern Men’s Shed. The money represents the proceeds from a special initiative at the year’s CRT Farmfest and a ‘top up’ donation from Farmcraft.

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 Farmcraft Celebration Dinner

Farmcraft hosted a celebration dinner at The Vue restaurant in Boonah (QLD) in April. Over 90 people attended including the top 20 valued suppliers, CRT staff and Farmcraft staff and their partners.

The dinner celebrated a major milestone for Farmcraft who were announced CRT National Business of the Year 2014. Mr Ross said “I am so proud of the Farmcraft team and I am proud of what I have achieved over the years with the business”.


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Staff from Farmcraft Kalbar attended a very interesting preview of two products from DuPont Crop Protection in Bundaberg recently. Farmcraft Managing Director Alistair Ross and Zack Marshall attended the presentation.
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