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April Issue – See All

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.

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.

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.


We Need to Talk About Mental Wellness

A frank discussion by the Honourable Mike Lake MP on mental wellness issues that need to be discussed and not ignored.

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Changes for the Safety & the Farmer Course

The Safety & the Farmer course is hosted by Fertilizer Canada as of October 1, 2021. You can access the course online to renew or obtain your TDG certifi-cation.

For any questions and assistance on registration, please contact Brittany Thibaudeau, Fertilizer Canada’s Communications Specialist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those who registered before October 1, 2021, you will be able to access your profile for one full year after the date of issuance. Physical certificates for in-person training remain unchanged and can be ordered at


Be A Conference Sponsor

CAAR Conference sponsorship opportunities are designed for you to connect with the agriculture industry and bring maximum exposure to your brand. To become a sponsor, please contact Scott Van Alstyne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-989-9305.


Auction Donation Request

The Pro-Ag Investments Auction contributes up to 10 percent of CAAR’s annual revenue. Proceeds from the auction directly support CAAR’s advocacy activities, industry initiatives, agricultural scholarships, upgrades to existing programs and services and the development of new ones. Fifty percent of the suggested retail price of your auction donation counts towards sponsorship recognition and increases your company’s benefits and exposure. For more information, please contact Scott Van Alstyne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-989-9305.


Be A Conference Exhibitor

Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your programs, products and solutions to existing and potential customers in attendance at the 2022 CAAR Conference. Book a booth today to take advantage of the networking and sales opportunities on the tradeshow floor. Please contact Scott Van Alstyne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-989-9305 for more information and to secure a spot for your company or organization. Space is limited so don’t delay.


Director Nominations Now Open

CAAR is now accepting nominations for its 2022-23 board of directors, who will be confirmed during the AGM. Lending your time and expertise to the CAAR Board of Directors allows you to have an active and rewarding role in shaping your industry. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to nominate yourself or a colleague.


Annual General Meeting Update

To give delegates the best opportunity to attend the 2022 CAAR AGM, the meeting will be incorporated into the lunch break on Wednesday, Feb. 9th at the 2022 CAAR Conference. The AGM will take place in the main conference room, allowing conference attendees to eat their lunch while getting important association information. An agenda and supporting documents will be made available at the meeting. Members who are not able to attend the 2022 CAAR Conference in Edmonton can view the AGM in real time as it will be streamed on-line. Watch your email inbox and for more information on the AGM and how to view it remotely, if required.


CAAR Perks Partner

CAAR members have exclusive access to discounted products and services that can save you hundreds or even thousands every year, including exclusive access to programs not widely available, like affordable health and pension benefits for your staff through Group Benefits Consulting of Canada. For more information, please visit If you have any suggestions re: who/what you would like to see added as a Perk Partner, please let us know and we will explore opportunities out there.


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