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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.

Chairman’s Award: Bob McNaughton

The winner of CAAR’s 2017 Chairman’s Award has been a force in the Ontario fertilizer industry throughout his career, which has spanned more than 40 years. Although his business achievements are numerous and impressive, it is his commitment to giving back to the industry and his active, vocal and passionate support for CAAR that earned Bob McNaughton the Chairman’s Award.

Agronomist of the Year: Barry Mankewich

The winner of the 2017 Agronomist of the Year award has worked in a variety of roles in his 40-year career, but Barry Mankewich has always been happiest when helping his customers in the field.

“I love plant nutrition, crop protection and everything to do with agronomy,” says Mankewich, who has been working as an agronomist with GJ Chemical Company Ltd. at their Arnaud, Man. location since 2006.

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.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Agri-Retailer: Co-operative Retailing System

Trish Meyers, knowledge and innovation manager at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), believes that 4R Nutrient Stewardship allows agri-retailers to steer the conversation about sustainability in agriculture in a way that is good for their farmer customers.

“Farmers have been using 4R practices for a long time, we just haven’t had a name for it,” says Meyers. “The 4R program gives us a way to quantify what farmers are doing and lets us be in the driver’s seat to tell our good news story.”

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception to kick off the 2018 CAAR Conference while raising a toast to Canada’s Agriculture Day.

There’s no better way to celebrate the industry we love than in the company of the friends and colleagues who share our passion. It was truly a pleasure for all the CAAR staff and board members to have the chance to meet and greet so many new and familiar faces.

“This is my second CAAR Conference. I’ve really enjoyed the Icebreaker both years. It’s a great networking opportunity and it’s been great to catch up today with some acquaintances I haven’t seen in awhile,” says Aaron Kirk, Territory Sales Manager with NexusAg.

We'll see you bright and early tomorrow for the first full day of the conference, which includes an unbeatable lineup of speakers and events. Here are some of the events you won’t want to miss out on tomorrow!

Conference attendees have the invaluable opportunity to tap into the minds of their customers at the Understanding Farmers’ Needs and Expectations panel discussion, and to learn about changing their marketing mindset to make a big impact with their customers at the Possibility Thinking speaker session. These are just two of the engaging and informative presentations you can expect to see at the 2018 CAAR Conference.

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.