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Retailer Hall of Fame: Pattie Ganske

When she first started working part-time at Parkland Fertilizers in Wetaskiwin, Alta., Pattie Ganske didn’t know she was paving the way for woman in agri-retail and agriculture.

More than three decades later, her excellence in business, participation on numerous boards, including multiple terms on the CAAR board, and unwavering dedication to agriculture advocacy have earned her the 2017 Retailer Hall of Fame award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Create return customers. Improve ROI. Get the right enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer.

Enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) are forms of fertilizer designed to reduce nutrient losses to the environment.

Help customers protect their investment with ESN Smart Nitrogen.

Volatile weather conditions mean growers need to change how they handle their nitrogen. Increased rainfall followed by long dry spells and warm winters can lead to increased nitrogen losses if growers don’t plan accordingly and protect their nitrogen investment. Studies have shown that nitrogen losses can reach up to 40% or more if urea is applied incorrectly.

As 4R Nutrient Stewardship (Right Source @ Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place®) gains recognition in Canada and internationally as a best practice for on-farm nutrient management, growers are increasingly turning to agri-retailers and their CCAs for advice on implementing the program on their own acres. In fact, 56 per cent of farmers in 2016 said they rely on their local agri-retailer for information on the 4Rs.

This is a reminder to members of the fertilizer industry that as of January 12, 2018, all ammonia nurse, applicator, portable and highway tanks must be in compliance with the new Canadian Standards Association (CSA) B620-14 and B622-14 Standards.

Nestled in the heart of the Prairies, Saskatoon is bursting with energy and activities. When you’re not busy taking in the tradeshow floor and the professional development and networking opportunities of the 2018 CAAR Conference, venture out into Saskatoon to explore all the dining and entertainment The City of Bridges has to offer.

All Ontario agri-retailers are asked to share their feedback on the proposed Ontario 4R Certification Standards before Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

Register yourself and your team for the 2018 CAAR Conference before online registration closes on Friday, Jan. 26 and you could win a two-night stay at the conference host hotel – the Hilton Garden Inn!