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Opportunities with Ag Technology

Autonomous equipment and precision application systems have the potential to disrupt the application of the traditional inputs, which some say will ultimately benefit retailers.

David Parker, executive vice president of FLM Harvest and the opening presenter at the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference, says farmers trust their retailer's expertise and would likely consult them on new ag products and trends.

Adapting to Change

So much can change in a year. In February 2020, I thought I had a pretty clear idea of what was ahead of me as far as my agriculture-focused career went. I had just left my position as a corporate director of recruitment with a national line company and joined a recruiting firm, specializing in all aspects of agriculture shortly after.

Get to know the CAAR Board: Michael Gaumont and Russ Reich

The CAAR Communicator sits down for a Q&A with Michael Gaumont, vice president of operations at McEwen’s Fuels and Fertilizers, and Russ Reich, vice president of crop inputs at Richardson International, to learn about their journey through the ag retail industry and involvement with the CAAR board.

CAAR Conference: Educate. Engage. Evolve

Our virtual event is an interactive, online experience, providing ag retailers with an opportunity to educate themselves through informative sessions and group discussions, engage with exhibitors and other attendees to build new connections and evolve to provide the best service for their customers.

CAAR's Year in Review

The ag industry showed strength and unity in the face of the many challenges presented in 2020.

COVID-19 drastically changed how ag retailers conducted business in 2020. As an essential service, businesses in all areas of the agriculture industry had to find innovative ways to pivot their norm in a world that changed overnight.

CAAR Needs You in 2021

Many of the issues people working in Canadian agriculture faced for the majority of 2020 will continue for at least the next six to nine months. Social distancing and limitations on face-to-face business activities will continue until most citizens that seek to be vaccinated have successfully done so.

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CAAR has exclusive training programs to specifically meet the needs of the ag retailer and with spring quickly approaching, now is a great time to renew your certifications.

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Spring is around the corner and every farmer and agronomists’ favourite resource is here just in time for the growing season – Alberta’s 2021 Crop Protection Guide, otherwise known as The Blue Book.

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In March 2021, Agriculture in the Classroom - Canada (AITC) celebrates their 10th anniversary of the Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month (CALM)! Hosted in classrooms across the country, this program helps students to LEARN, CONNECT and UNDERSTAND agriculture through fun and interactive activities.

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On behalf of the CAAR Staff, Board of Directors and Conference Committee, thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference and making it a successful event!

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Didn’t Attend the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference? No worries, you can still register for #CAARcon until March 5 and access our virtual event hosted on SwapCard, giving you the opportunity to watch all 23 speaker sessions and earn up to 9.5 CCA credits.

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The CAAR Awards were hosted during the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference on February 10, providing award recipients the opportunity to say their thank you’s to work colleagues, family and friends.

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Your feedback helps us improve future events. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about our virtual event while it’s still fresh in your mind – what went right, what could have enhanced your virtual conference experience and what you would like to see incorporated or changed for future CAAR Conferences.