ESSENTIAL NEWS FOR AGRI-RETAILERS
The CAAR Communicator
Marty Seymour, Director of Industry Relations with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) reviewed current trends and consumer behaviours impacting Canadian ag retailers, agriculture and food sectors in light of the pandemic at the recent 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference.
Sarah Dobson, Senior Relationship Manager with FCC also focused on introducing its new online application process and the new digital tools to finance a business.
The pandemic has caused changes in the farmer psyche and the dynamic over the last 6 months.
Agriculture in 2021 has become more unpredictable than ever. With newer innovations, government regulations and increased adoption of sustainable farming practices making it more important than ever to stay up to date and plan for the future.
The CAAR Communicator recently sat down with Stu Rasmussen with Blair’s Family of Companies and Stewart Whillans with J.R. Simplot to learn about their careers in the agriculture industry as well as their journey and leadership in ag retailer and their roles on the CAAR Board.
Maintaining strong customer relationships is a driving factor for both customer satisfaction as well as company growth.
Rob McIntyre, President, Managing Partner and Master Trainer at Dale Carnegie Training explains that both parties need to be fully committed, with the company having total accountability of its attitudes and actions.
The past 3 months have been exceptionally busy months for the CAAR organization. We continue to evolve, and Members will begin to experience the changes in 2021.
Many issues of 2020 carried over into 2021, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ag industry has met the challenge with reliance and must remain diligent through 2021.
Rob McIntyre with Dale Carnegie Training demonstrated the tools that can be used to take control of personal attitudes, build relationships, and enhance communication skills which will ultimately enhance leadership skills during the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference.
Synthesis Agri-Food Network began an extensive consultation process starting in November 2020, and wrapping up March 2021, to obtain feedback on the Responsible Grain draft Code of Practice.
Over 850 individuals registered to participate with over 92% of these being farmers, mostly from Western Canada. All participants were provided access to an online survey where they could review and comment on the Code practices in detail.
According to statistics Canada, the results from the June 2021 Field Crop Survey conducted with 25,000 Canadian farmers showed that farmers planted more canola, barley, soybeans and lentils, but fewer acres of wheat, dry peas, corn for grain and oats this planting season.
CAAR members may be interested in attending the US Sustainable Agronomy Conference designed for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), Agri-Sales Professionals, and growers which starts today, July 20, 2021.
Saskatchewan’s Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) and Blair’s Family of Companies (Blair’s) recently shared the news that the joint venture between the two parties (announced in February) is moving forward as it has successfully received regulatory approval.
Cleanfarms has announced the locations of its next regional events to collect unwanted, old agricultural pesticides and obsolete livestock, equine and poultry medications to help farmers safety dispose of these agricultural materials in an environmentally friendly and responsible way. The products are safely disposed of through high temperature incineration.
CAAR participated in Manitoba’s Pre-FPT Agriculture and Food Industry Meeting in June in preparation for the July 2021 Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Agriculture meeting. FPT agriculture Ministers will be meeting again in September.
CAAR members are encouraged to participate in the following Keep it Clean Pre-Harvest Tips Webinar for timely pre-harvest tips and tools to protect the marketability of Canada’s canola, cereal and pulse crops on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 at 11AM CDT (10 a.m. CST & MDT).