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February Issue – See All

Nurture Minds for New Solutions

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.

Interactive Agronomy

Digital connectedness is changing the agronomic conversation. 

Prairie Certified Crop Adviser (PCCA) Board chair Kelly Boles says Canadian farmers are increasingly turning to Twitter with queries on many different aspects of crop production, from insect identification to grain drying.

CAAR's Year in Review

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.

25 Years of Embracing Innovation and Change

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.

2020 CAAR Conference Preview

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!

CAAR 2020 and Beyond

CAAR has completed year one of its long-term strategic plan, developed in fall 2018 to guide the association’s focus and direction. As we prepare to embark on the next phase of our long-term strategy, we also enter a new decade of supporting agri-retailers influencing world class food production.

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Canada produces some of the safest, highest-quality food in the world, and now we have a day dedicated to recognizing agriculture and those who work so hard to take it from farm to table.

CAAR membership is about more than an individual business – it’s about being a part of a whole.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity – a research group funded by the food industry – released results of a survey on public trust and food.

With 50 per cent of Canadians unsure about whether our food system is going in the right direction, new research and an initiative unveiled today aims to set benchmarks for success in communicating with Canadians about our food and farming.

Monsanto Company recently announced that its Board of Directors has turned down the Bayer AG proposal, but is open to continued and constructive conversations to assess whether a transaction in the best interest of Monsanto shareowners can be achieved.

DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company announced Monday the senior leadership appointments for DowDuPont Inc. ("DowDuPont"), following the consummation of the proposed merger of equals.

Train new employees, or give your entire staff a refresher on safe and certified agri-retail practices, with CAAR’s live training programs.