ESSENTIAL NEWS FOR AGRI-RETAILERS
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.
SPONSORED BY FERTILIZER CANADA: Fertilizer is one of nature’s most complex and beneficial resources, as it allows soil to become more productive and yield better crops. Without it, we simply couldn’t produce enough corn, wheat, rice, or other crops needed to feed the world’s population. Faced with a growing global population, less arable land, and environmentally-conscious consumers, farmers are looking for ways to grow more crops on the same land while protecting the environment. It’s a tall order to be sure, but farmers are up to the challenge.
Focusing on strategic objectives drove the association forward in 2019.
By all accounts, 2019 was a trying year for Canadian agriculture. Between trade barriers, extreme weather and drought, and a seemingly endless harvest, no one along the value chain was immune from adversity. Though it was difficult to see the industry struggle, Mitch Rezansoff, CAAR’s executive director, says that the industry’s collective strength was also on display.
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.
A lot has changed since 1995, but Canadian ag retailers continue to drive innovation in their own businesses and with their customers. Celebrate all your association has achieved over the past 25 years with friends and colleagues at the 2020 CAAR Conference! We’ll see you in Saskatoon from Feb. 11–13!
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.
CAAR’s Pro-Ag Investments Auction is right around the corner. You can support your association’s advocacy efforts by taking part as a donor or bidder – or both! Keep reading to find out more about the auction and how you can take part.
Nominations for the annual CAAR's Choice Awards are closing soon. Don’t miss your chance to shine the spotlight on yourself, your team or a fellow CAAR member by nominating them for an award in one of four categories, including Retailer of the Year.
Calling all early birds – be sure to register for the 2020 CAAR Conference by Nov. 29, 2019 to take advantage of reduced registration rates. Join CAAR’s board of directors, staff and your fellow ag retailers to celebrate 25 years of “Embracing Innovation” since CAAR was formed in 1995.
Read more to learn about registering for the CAAR Conference.
The Conference host hotel is more than just a place to refresh and recharge – it serves as a convenient hub for Conference activities. Book your room today to take advantage of special negotiated rates for Conference delegates and exhibitors.
Don’t miss your chance to exhibit at the 2020 CAAR Conference in Saskatoon, Sask., Feb. 11-13. Last year’s tradeshow space sold out – book now and secure your spot to take advantage of unbeatable networking opportunities on the tradeshow floor!
Congratulations to Justin Funk of Agri Studies for being recognized as the Canadian Agri-Marketing Association’s (CAMA) Agri-Marketer of the Year.
Adelle Stewart from the Do More Agriculture Foundation (Do More Ag) will be bringing her foundation’s message of “Talk, Ask, Listen” to the CAAR Conference in Saskatoon this February. Don’t miss her important and timely presentation about mental health in agriculture.