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Cultivating Mental Health

Agri-retailers can help break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Taking Care of Business

Many regions throughout the country are preparing for harvest or have already begun, and while some may view this as the end of the current crop season, I view it as the beginning of next year’s crop-planning cycle. 

Protecting Crop Marketability

Consider market access when timing pre-harvest applications. 

Becoming a Certified Transport Canada Visual Inspection Facility

With new requirements in effect, retailers can benefit by testing tanks in-house.

Encouraging Mental Heath Conversations

When I first heard about the Do More Agriculture Foundation (Do More Ag), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental health issues, I was immediately energized – this was an initiative I wanted to support.

2019 CAAR Conference

The 2019 CAAR Conference is coming up and the conference planning committee is hard at work making it the best it can be! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek from behind the scenes. 

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CAAR is one of several industry groups forming a unified coalition to respond to the PMRA’s proposed decisions on Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam that were announced August 15.

Haven’t registered for live NTSP Safety Training in Brandon? Don’t miss this chance to review testing and inspection requirements of the CSA B620/B622 Safety Standards and receive 3-year safety certification or re-certification. CAAR members can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly to register for the training session, held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. 

Your membership with CAAR enables you to focus your attention on your business; trusting CAAR to share the regulatory, compliance and advocacy information you need to know, when you need to know it.

CAAR is reminding all members that they must adhere to the updated B620-14 Standard to remain in compliance with Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. Under the new standard, visual inspections for all anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks and TDUs are now required annually.

Every business has people management issues and CAAR has the solution for you!

Spring weather can be unpredictable during the times growers need to be working in their fields. Wet weather can wreak havoc on fields, adding time and additional cost to an already hectic time of year. For some growers, fall fertilizer application can reduce stress during spring and spread their workload, provided over-winter and early spring nitrogen loss can be prevented. Where appropriate, fall application can reduce compaction and spring workload, allowing more timely planting, and removing issues of storing nitrogen over winter.

On Aug. 15, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) released proposed decisions to phase out all outdoor use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam, two important products that have been used responsibly by Canadian canola growers to control flea beetles as part of their integrated pest management strategies.