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Reflecting and Looking Forward

As I write this, snow is swirling outside my office windows and thoughts of agriculture and farming seem a long way off. In reality, agriculture and agri-retail do not rest and today is simply one stage in the production and planning process for our members and their customers.

CAAR’s 2017 Year in Review

CAAR represented agri-retailers on a diverse range of issues in 2017.

In 2017, CAAR continued to focus on advocacy and created positive benefits for agri-retailers on numerous policy and compliance issues. Reflecting on the past year, CAAR is proud to have delivered on its mandate to advance and defend Canadian agri-retail.

“It is CAAR’s promise to you that we will continue working to ensure the collective voice of our membership is being heard and acted upon,” says Lynda Nicol, director of member services at CAAR.

Celebrate Canada's Agriculture Day at the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception

Once again, the CAAR Conference coincides with Canada’s Agriculture Day, created last year by Agriculture More Than Ever to highlight the ag industry and strengthen connections between consumers and the food production chain. Join us at the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception to kick off the conference and raise a glass to celebrate agriculture in Canada – and we have a lot to celebrate!

CAAR Introduces Mitch Rezansoff as Executive Director

Mitch Rezansoff has a love for agriculture, a strong personal drive and an innovative spirit.

Having spent significant early life on his family’s farm in the Swan River Valley, Man., Mitch Rezansoff began developing a passion for agriculture at a young age. “I love watching animals, crops and the industry itself develop,” he says.

Turning the Spotlight onto CAAR

As I’ve often heard said in our industry; it’s not enough to do a good job, you have to be seen doing a good job for it to really count. As a member-based association and advocate for the agri-retail sector, it’s part of CAAR’s role to share the news and stories of the good work being done by our members.

Stop. Think. Act.

Building a behaviour-based culture of safety.

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CAAR is pleased to announce that it has completed updates to the Anhydrous Ammonia: Retailer Safe Handling and TDG Certification course. 

Executive Director of CAAR Mitch Rezansoff shared his immense knowledge and insight on using data to improve farm efficiency, data ownership and much more in his industry presentation “How Can We Benefit from Big Data?”

Fertilizer Canada is hosting a webinar outlining the implementation process for the Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Security Code of Practice. The webinar will provide crucial information for any retailers who transport, store, handle and/or sell CAN.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday March 20 and registration is open until Thursday March 15.

Fertilizer Canada and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) would like to reassure farmers about the supply of nurse tanks for applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer this spring.

The Manitoba winter nutrient application ban is in full effect until April 10, 2018. CAAR needs input from Manitoba agronomists as the association prepares to meet with an advisory group to discuss variances to the April 10 date. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join CAAR’s agronomist outreach list today!

Show your commitment to ag safety by participating in Canadian Ag Safety Week from March 11 to 17.

CAAR and Fertilizer Canada are in the process of completing an application for a Temporary Certificate in support of the anhydrous ammonia industry. A request for compliance reprieve for nurse and applicator tanks is in development to meet: 

  • Section 5.10 (1) of the TDGR; 
  • Visual Inspection requirements in Specific Requirement 55 of the CSA B622-14 Standard.