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Taking the Initiative with Sustainability

Three industry stakeholders weigh in on their experience with the Canadian Field Print Calculator during a panel discussion at the 2017 CAAR Conference.

Chairman's Award: David Thompson

He began his career with a stint in the department of agriculture in P.E.I., but quickly moved on to private industry where his career took off in crop protection, sales, marketing and providing technical support to producers in the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Maine.

Help CAAR Share Your Story

Canada’s agri-retailers are amazing, and we want to make sure all of us at CAAR are shouting that from the rooftops every chance we get. We dedicated the 2017 CAAR Conference to enhancing the expertise of agri-retailers; empowering them to continue building trust with their farmer clients.

You can read all about the conference here. If you weren’t there, you missed out on a phenomenal speaker program as well as innovative, engaging and enthusiastic exhibitors.

Advocacy Improves Your Bottom Line

CAAR is the only national advocate focused solely on agri-retail issues, but what does that mean for you?

Focusing on Abilities

Job seekers with disabilities are a largely untapped demographic.

Retailer Hall of Fame: Art Funk

Art Funk started his career in the agri-retail industry as a one-man operation, which quickly grew into a prosperous and multi-faceted business. His years of dedication to his customers, his community and the industry were recognized when he was named the recipient of the Retailer Hall of Fame award at the 10th annual CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released a report on glyphosate residues in food last week. In 2015 and 2016, the CFIA tested for glyphosate residues in 3,188 samples of food, all bought from grocery stores across the country.

A 2014-2015 survey has indicated that the narrow-leaved hawk’s beard has spread outside its traditional hotspots in northwest Saskatchewan and along the Alberta border.

With the heavy rains experienced across the prairies, manufacturers are now adapting to the new demand for implements that can handle wet prairie conditions.

The Canola Council of Canada announced on April 18 that Jim Everson has been selected as the next Canola Council of Canada President.

CAAR attended the annual Fertilizer Canada Parliamentary Forum in Ottawa, April 10-12, in support of fertilizer awareness. Fertilizer Canada received a highly positive response to meeting requests, with upwards of 50 meetings confirmed with parliamentarians on April 11.

CAAR and Fertilizer Canada have been working intensively with two working groups under the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B620 Technical Committee, seeking resolution to changes in the 2014 B620 and B622 standards for construction of new anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks, and increased frequency of pressure testing and visual inspection for nurse tanks.

The two Equivalency Certificates SH 10006 - Ren 5 and SH6161 - Ren 9, which allow placards on only the two long sides of a nurse tank, will expire on May 31, 2017.