Simplot has acquired stores in Cardston and Pincher Creek, Alberta that provide comprehensive agriculture services and technologies to ensure farmers get maximum return from their land, and their investments.

"We are committed to the people and employees in Pincher Creek and Cardston and to the customers and larger agriculture community in the area," said Dave Dufault, Simplot's AgriBusiness Retail Vice President and General Manager. "We're thrilled to join two vibrant Alberta farming communities and are excited about working with partners to help ensure they get the most out of their efforts each year."

The retail locations will offer a variety of products and services, including seeds, technology, specialty products, crop nutrition and protection products to help provide crop advisory services working with farmers in this geography to better understand their specific needs.

Simplot has a long history in Canada and currently operates a potato processing plant in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and a fertilizer warehouse in Chin, Alberta. The company will retain the current staff members of the stores from McRae Holdings.

"The existing employees have invaluable knowledge of local agriculture and customer needs," Simplot area manager Greg Olson said. "We'll provide the training needed for our products and services and will rely on them to help us provide the highest possible service to farmers in the area."