ESSENTIAL NEWS FOR AGRI-RETAILERS
The Communicator

April Issue – See All

Never Stop Learning

This May, I’ll celebrate a decade of working with CAAR, and with that also a decade of working in the agriculture industry. There are so many things that inspire me in this industry, but none more than the shared commitment to innovation and learning. I see this accomplished in so many ways, both formal and informal, everything from ongoing education through post-secondary institutions to the multitude of engaging and informative discussions on social media. Events like the CAAR Conference, as well as the numerous tradeshows and conferences hosted throughout the year, provide a wealth of information and opportunity to learn from friends and colleagues.

A Growing Problem

Herbicide resistance has been increasing across Canada for the past four decades, with resistant weeds now found on an estimated 38 million acres of cropland in Western Canada.

According to Hugh Beckie, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the rising percentage of cropland affected by herbicide resistant weeds is showing no signs of slowing down.

Beckie was part of a team that conducted three rounds of prairie weed surveys in 2001-2003, 2007-2009 and 2014-2017. During each period, the team surveyed one of the three Prairie provinces per season. “Across the Prairies, we quickly found that the more we looked, the more resistance we discovered,” he says.

Panel Discussion: Understanding Farmers' Needs and Expectations

Four Canadian farmers share their insights into the relationship between farmer and retailer at the 2018 CAAR Conference.

Concerning Products of Concern

Agri-retailers can support market access by helping growers Keep it Clean.

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) are playing an increasingly important role in the acceptance of Canadian agriculture commodities in domestic and export markets. However, one of the challenges growers face is that the limits are not always uniform across markets, or they may not yet be established in export markets.

Canadian growers must continue to follow best application practices to keep residues within acceptable limits and markets open. To do so, growers need to know which products can cause concern in certain markets.

CAAR Can Help

It’s been a fast paced couple of months since I joined the CAAR team in January. Already, the 2018 CAAR Conference has been successfully completed, while other areas of focus, such as the negotiations with Transport Canada regarding anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks, continue at the time of writing.

The 2018 CAAR Conference: Insight. Focus. Growth.

Hosted in the heart of the Prairies at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon, Sask., the 2018 “Agri-retail Event of the Year” featured two and a half days of invaluable networking opportunities, professional development and education.

Member Login

Follow Us

CAAR is pleased to invite all members to attend the CAAR Member Forum hosted in conjunction with the CAAR Conference in Saskatoon, SK.

Thank you for registering for the 2018 CAAR Conference, we can’t wait to see you there! Please review these pertinent event details ahead of the event. If you have additional questions, please email the CAAR team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 800-463-9323 and we will be happy to assist you! 

Missed your chance to register online for the 2018 CAAR Conference? CAAR is pleased to offer onsite registration throughout the conference, which runs from Tuesday, Feb. 13 to Thursday, Feb. 15 at TCU Place in Saskatoon, SK.

Fertilizer Canada has released the new Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Security Code of Practice which will be implemented in 2019. Agri-retailers and distribution sites who transport, store, handle and/or sell CAN must obtain a certificate through a formal audit by December 31, 2019.

Transport Canada has adopted the CSA B620-14 version as of July 12, 2017, which are being enforced as of January 12, 2018. CAAR is in the process of revising the Nurse Tank Safety Council of Canada Quality Control Manual (QC Manual) to reflect the changes that have been made in the CSA B620-14.

Donald Cooper, Business Coach and CAAR Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, will be conducting free, one-on-one business coaching sessions during the 2018 CAAR Conference to develop strategies to address your specific challenges.

It has come to our attention that some CAAR members have received fraudulent emails posing as trusted vendors. CAAR urges our members to review and use secure practices in all aspects of online activity and communication.