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New Product Segment Brings New Opportunities

Retailers are helping their customers learn the ins and outs of plant growth regulators.

Developing Deeper Relationships

When a customer looks to you, their retailer, as a trusted resource, opportunities are created to build a relationship that is mutually beneficial to both parties. You help them, and they help you.

Panel Discussion: Mergers and Acquisitions

Four industry leaders provided their insight into the recent wave of mergers and acquisitions and shared their advice for ag retailers during the 2019 CAAR Conference.

Agronomist of the Year: Taralea Simpson

Taralea Simpson is a farmer, a mother, an entrepreneur, a passionate “agvocate” and CAAR’s 2018 Agronomist of the Year. Sponsored by Simplot, the award recognizes a CAAR member agronomist who consistently exceeds expectations through dedication to their field and their agronomic knowledge.

Retailer of the Year: South Country Co-op

South Country Co-op (South Country) prides itself on its commitment to creating safe and productive workplaces. The company is known for investing highly in its staff and empowers team members to take ownership and make decisions in the best interests of their fellow employees and their customers. This has paid off enormously for the organization, through staff retention, customer loyalty and, now, winning CAAR’s 2018 Retailer of the Year award, sponsored by Bayer CropScience Inc.

A Shared Responsibility

Retailers play an important role in farmer education.

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CAAR offers excellent resources to support numerous business areas for members. Are you taking advantage of CAAR's resources? Read more to learn about the resources CAAR offers and how they can help to streamline your business. 

CAAR members can help develop credible metrics on the state of development and adoption of precision agriculture techniques among Western Canadian Ag Retailers by taking 15 minutes to fill out the "2019 Precision Agriculture Dealership Survey," currently being developed in partnership between The University of Guelph and Purdue University. Read more for the purpose behind the survey, how to take the survey and how CAAR participated in its creation. 

CAAR members are encouraged to submit comments to the Canada Grains Council on the Market Acceptance of Pesticide Use Policy. The Canada Grains Councils is consulting stakeholders until August 31, 2019 on a new framework to manage trade compliance risk related to pesticide use. Read more for details on how to view the consultation materials and submit comments.

Ag in Motion kicks off today, it is the largest agricultural trade show in Western Canada, providing a venue for progressive farmers who want to see and experience the latest agricultural innovations. This year, visitors to the Ag in Motion site might notice some new environmental stewardship initiatives “AIM”ed at fighting the spread of clubroot and reducing waste. 

Nobody appreciates their customers like CAAR members! If you’re having a special customer appreciation event this summer, share the photos with your association. Read more for details.

Thursday, July 11, 3 p.m. CDT.

Keep it Clean! recognizes that agronomists and ag retailers are trusted advisors for their farmer customers, and therefore play a crucial role in communicating important information on all aspects of crop production.

That’s why the partners behind Keep it Clean! invite all Canadian ag retail managers, ag retail agronomists, independent agronomists and Certified Crop Advisers to attend an interactive webinar on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 3 p.m. CDT.

Human resources can be a time-consuming and sometimes frustrating part of running a business. Often, it’s the simplest things, like having the correct forms on hand to deal with an employee issue, that can bring the most aggravation. Read on to see how a free perk for CAAR members can help make handling HR a breeze.