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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.

Retailer of the Year: Redfern Farm Services

Hearing they had won the 2017 Retailer of the Year award took manager Lane Wanless and his team at Redfern Farm Services, Virden location by surprise, but once it sunk in, they were thrilled. The prestigious award recognizes one CAAR member that went above and beyond to serve its customers, something the team at Virden pride themselves on.

CAAR’s Ammonia Committee

CAAR and Fertilizer Canada are working together to address regulatory challenges on behalf of the industry.

Just days after Mitch Rezansoff joined CAAR as executive director in January, new requirements for ammonia nurse, applicator and highway tanks came into effect under CSA B620-14/B622-14. Rezansoff met these updates head-on and went to work on behalf of membership, attempting to secure an extension for compliance. Rezansoff describes the experience as a steep learning curve, but a necessary one, given the timeliness of the issue. 

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.

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.

Stepping up to the Plate

Agri-retailers can play a more prominent role in sustainability.

Western Canadian organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable farming practices are struggling to survive, due to a significant decline in memberships, event attendance and overall interest.

These challenges have recently forced organizations like the Northern Prairies Ag Innovation Alliance (NPAIA) to fold due to lack of funding from membership and government sources.

NPAIA had been a farmer-directed organization that promoted conservation and sustainability on farms, with representation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North Dakota.

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CAAR is pleased to announce that it has completed updates to the Anhydrous Ammonia: Retailer Safe Handling and TDG Certification course. 

Executive Director of CAAR Mitch Rezansoff shared his immense knowledge and insight on using data to improve farm efficiency, data ownership and much more in his industry presentation “How Can We Benefit from Big Data?”

Fertilizer Canada is hosting a webinar outlining the implementation process for the Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Security Code of Practice. The webinar will provide crucial information for any retailers who transport, store, handle and/or sell CAN.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday March 20 and registration is open until Thursday March 15.

Fertilizer Canada and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) would like to reassure farmers about the supply of nurse tanks for applying anhydrous ammonia fertilizer this spring.

The Manitoba winter nutrient application ban is in full effect until April 10, 2018. CAAR needs input from Manitoba agronomists as the association prepares to meet with an advisory group to discuss variances to the April 10 date. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join CAAR’s agronomist outreach list today!

Show your commitment to ag safety by participating in Canadian Ag Safety Week from March 11 to 17.

CAAR and Fertilizer Canada are in the process of completing an application for a Temporary Certificate in support of the anhydrous ammonia industry. A request for compliance reprieve for nurse and applicator tanks is in development to meet: 

  • Section 5.10 (1) of the TDGR; 
  • Visual Inspection requirements in Specific Requirement 55 of the CSA B622-14 Standard.