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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.

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.

Interactive Agronomy

Digital connectedness is changing the agronomic conversation. 

Prairie Certified Crop Adviser (PCCA) Board chair Kelly Boles says Canadian farmers are increasingly turning to Twitter with queries on many different aspects of crop production, from insect identification to grain drying.

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.

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 2020 and Beyond

CAAR has completed year one of its long-term strategic plan, developed in fall 2018 to guide the association’s focus and direction. As we prepare to embark on the next phase of our long-term strategy, we also enter a new decade of supporting agri-retailers influencing world class food production.

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Through the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is providing an opportunity for Canadians 18-30 to help shape the future of the agriculture and agri-food sector.

The International Year of Plant Health 2020 is an opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and the environment, and boost economic development.

Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAs), Crop Advisors (CCAs) and Crop Science Consultants (CCSCs) can earn CEUs by attending the 2020 CAAR Conference in Saskatoon, Sask. Continue reading to find out how many CEUs you may be eligible for.

Have you secured your spot at the 2020 CAAR Conference? If not, you’d better hurry – online registration closes soon. Register online before Feb. 1 and save on your conference pass!

Find out how recent developments are affecting Canadian ag retailers at two informative Industry Update sessions at the 2020 CAAR Conference in Saskatoon, Sask., Feb. 11-13.

We use several platforms to keep CAAR members informed throughout the year, including The Communicator magazine, The Network e-newsletter, Twitter and, of course, right here on the CAAR website. Keep reading to see the 10 agri-news stories on caar.org you clicked on the most in 2019.

Ag retailers have the chance to win $15,000 to support local causes of their choice through ADAMA’s annual Thank-A-Retailer Contest.