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Nurture Minds for New Solutions

Of all the stories we get to tell in this magazine, some of my favourites are those that appear in our sustainability department. These articles tend to deal with topics that take place at the intersection of advancements in technology and appreciation of a precious resource.

Making Canada's Fertilizer Industry Safer Through our World-Class Codes of Practice

SPONSORED BY FERTILIZER CANADA: Over the years, Fertilizer Canada has developed world-class safety and security programs through eLearning and Codes of Practice to complement the safety initiatives of our members. Safety is the number one priority of the fertilizer industry. Our members work to ensure that every day their employees and facilities meet stringent requirements for a safe workplace as they work to make products which help feed the world. This commitment is upheld beyond the boundaries of their sites as they work with first responders to ensure the safety of their communities and educate their customers on proper use of the product.

CAAR's Year in Review

Focusing on strategic objectives drove the association forward in 2019. 

By all accounts, 2019 was a trying year for Canadian agriculture. Between trade barriers, extreme weather and drought, and a seemingly endless harvest, no one along the value chain was immune from adversity. Though it was difficult to see the industry struggle, Mitch Rezansoff, CAAR’s executive director, says that the industry’s collective strength was also on display.

25 Years of Embracing Innovation and Change

1995 AN ASSOCIATION IS BORN:
The Western Fertilizer and Chemical Dealers Association (WFCDA) unanimously votes to dissolve the organization and transfer its funds to a new national association. With that, the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers, headquartered in Winnipeg, Man., is born. Randy Wogelmuth is elected president of the CAAR board of directors; Jacqueline Ryrie is the association’s first executive director.

The Year Ahead

A look at CAAR’s plans and priorities for 2020.

CAAR’s staff, board of directors and committee groups are putting in the work to ensure the association is well-equipped at all levels to provide valuable services and dependable support to its members in the next year, and throughout the new decade.

2020 CAAR Conference Preview

A lot has changed since 1995, but Canadian ag retailers continue to drive innovation in their own businesses and with their customers. Celebrate all your association has achieved over the past 25 years with friends and colleagues at the 2020 CAAR Conference! We’ll see you in Saskatoon from Feb. 11–13!

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Agronomists and agri-retailers who attended the Crop Management Forum on November 17 left with new insights into efficient nutrient practices. For many attendees, the CAAR-hosted event also delivered a better understanding of an evolving industry.

Speakers David Lobb and Guy Ash with CAAR Communications and Membership manager Lynda Nicol.

“It’s been very interesting and informative,” said Wendy Schatz Leeds, lead agronomist for Sharpe’s Soil Services in Saskatchewan. “The presentation quality is different to what I’ve typically seen – the subjects covered have been very good, and different.”

The event, held at the Royal Oak Inn & Suites in Brandon, Manitoba, featured presentations by experts in the fields of precision agriculture, sediment fingerprinting and nutrient stewardship. Attendees earned continuing education units (CEUs) towards their CCA and CCSC certifications. 

Ward Anticura, field advisor for Enns Brothers, was eager to use the information learned at the forum to better serve his customers. “In the sediment presentation, I found it very interesting that a low amount of sediment is coming off the fields; that much of it is coming from the water channel,” he said. “That was good information that I’m going to take back to my customers.”

The forum also highlighted a program that aims to help agri-retailers improve efficiencies and bottom lines for producers, while focusing on a sustainable and transparent operation that will address consumer concerns. 

Fertilizer Canada’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program combines detailed agronomic data measurement and specialized application practices with a view to responsible nutrient stewardship and sustainable agriculture.

Forum attendees complete a quiz to earn CEUs.

David Thomas, general manager for Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd., in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, saw value in the traceability that nutrient stewardship provides. Says Thomas: “I think there’s a need from the consumer’s point of view to understand where the products come from, to know that the farmer cares. And farmers do care.”

“I think the 4R Designation will grow in acceptance,” Thomas said. “There is definitely a demand for this knowledge. I think it will be good for all involved.”

Crop Management Forum attendees earned credits towards their 4R Agronomist or 4R Retailer Designations, which will enable them to pass the knowledge about nutrient stewardship on to their customers, and certify 4R Designation to their acres.

More information on the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program can be found here.

For information about CAAR’s next training event, contact Lisa Beardsley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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