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Evolution of CAAR. Your Participation is Required.

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.

Get to Know the CAAR Board: Stu Rasmussen & Stewart Whillans

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.

Building Customer Relationships: Understanding Needs and Conflict

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.

Engaging Our Employees

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.

The Impact from Global Trends on the Canadian Ag Retailer

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.

Agriculture in 2021: Trends and Insights

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.

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the conference survey. Your feedback on the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference helps us improve future events, including the 2022 CAAR Conference. Read more about how the attendees rated our virtual event. 

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Before making product application decisions this growing season, talk to your grain buyer and review the 2021 Keep it Clean Product Advisory for a list of products that may impact the marketability of your crop. Click here for more information. 

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Learn about CAAR's activities in our latest Quarterly At-A-Glance, providing an overview of how we represented and advocated on behalf of ag retailers across Canada from October to December 2020.

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Health Canada recently released a document detailing their initiative to increase regular rapid screening in workplaces across Canada to reduce transmission and outbreaks.

The document includes information about how workplaces will be assessed for suitability, rapid screening implementation and what the next steps are for associations to apply.

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The April 2021 issue of The CAAR Communicator magazine is now available in print, online and PDF flipbook format.

Read about the evolution of CAAR and changes coming this year, the impact of global trends, building customer relationships, engaging your employees and more!

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Since 2011, as a result of Fertilizer Canada’s engagement with the federal and provincial governments, anhydrous ammonia carriers transporting anhydrous ammonia or UAN fertilizer have been able to operate under an ‘Hours of Service’ exemption from Transport Canada.

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CAAR has received official certification from Transport Canada and is now recognized as an official training organization. Online training courses offered by CAAR will also be updated to that reflect the CSA's recent changes.