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2022 Crop Market Outlook

LeftField Commodity Research founder provides an overview of the 2022 Canadian crop market as a thank-you to joining CAAR as a Perk$ Partner.

Changes to Pesticide & Fertilizer Container Collection Programs in Alberta & Manitoba

Cleanfarms’ empty pesticide & fertilizer container recycling program undergoes a big change in Alberta and Manitoba.

The State of Canadian Retail Businesses

 A deep dive into concerns of farmers and agri-businesses.

The A, R and E of Employee Retention

The good, the bad and the ugly—how COVID-19 has affected the way we run our businesses.

Executive Director's Message: Green Climate Plan Hits at Synthetic Fertilizers

From the April issue of CAAR Communicator: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada chose to release a discussion document: Reducing emissions arising from the application of fertilizer in Canada’s agriculture sector, on end of day March 4, 2022. The discussion document progresses the next steps of the December 2020, Government of Canada Strengthened Climate Plan, “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy.”

By The Numbers

 

3 - A three-person panel discussed the MRL challenges, changes and government actions during CAAR’s 2022 conference. This article provides an overview of the discussion between stakeholders Gord Kurbis of the Canada Grain Council, Teri Stewart of CropLife Canada, and ADM Manon Bombardier of the PMRA.

5 - The number of suggestions from HR guru Derek Rolstone of Stone HR Strategies, on how your agri-retail company can ensure employee retention coming out of the pandemic.

11 - The number of Canadians dying every day by suicide. The Honourable Mike Lake MP provides his views on mental wellness issues that need to be discussed within the farm sectors and agri-retail workplace.

23 - The pesticide and fertilizer jug size (23L) that the provinces of Alberta and Manitoba state that agri-retailers must now collect after customer use for proper disposal by Cleanfarms.

42 - A percentage of ag businesses that have reported normal sales—a peek inside the disruptive presence of Covid-19 on the Canadian economy.

384 - This is the percentage increase NH3 fertilizer saw over a 15-month span. Josh Linville of StoneX Financial provides a detailed analysis of the global factors that drove the price of nitrogen fertilizers through the proverbial roof

30,000,000 - This number reflects tonnage of Canadian crop production lost in 2021 over the previous year due to drought, heavy rains, etc. For the western economy, this resulted in a loss of ~$11.5-billion.

 

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Employee Recognition: The why, how and importance!

Lack of recognition is one of the major reasons why employees quit. Employee recognition may become even more critical with the rise of teleworking.

According to Statistics Canada, teleworking has changed best practices in the workplace. Ninety-percent of new teleworkers report accomplishing at least as much work per hour at home as they did in the office. Eighty-percent of Canadian employees would prefer to work at least half of their hours from home once the pandemic is over.

Moving forward, employers will need to accommodate the diversity of preferences for telework expressed by their employees. Because workers’ preferences for telework may not fully align with those of the employer, a new form of job mismatch has begun to emerge that might mean your business is at risk of losing top talent.

“It also means that ensuring you have an employee recognition program at your company is more worthwhile than ever,” said Kathryn Doan, Director, Business Development at AgCareers.com.
Why should you have an employee recognition program? It’s important to keep in mind these factors: “recognize and appreciate”, and sometimes “reward.”

“Recognizing employees for their efforts can help with intrinsic motivation and using rewards can be the cherry on top,” said Doan.

Rewards can be given in monetary value, time off or with a small gift.

Some common ways to use recognition programs include:
• Years of service recognition
• Above and beyond performance
• On the spot recognition
• Customer service


The Importance of an Employee Recognition Program

Part of the reward in working a job is seeing the results and success. It is a motivational force and can enhance team efforts. “There are other benefits to employee recognition,” said Doan. “You may see an increase in customer satisfaction which can generate more loyalty towards your organization.”

She continued, “It feels good to be honoured for your hard work. It does not always have to be structured recognition—an authentic thank-you will be memorable for your staff.”
Finally, Doan recommends encouraging peer-to-peer recognition from signing a card or nominating a team member. “This can be challenging with some team members working remotely, but try to think of new ways to encourage this,” Doan concluded.

Aim to create an atmosphere that is inclusive and inspiring to work in—employee recognition can foster this atmosphere.

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