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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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Concerning Products of Concern

Agri-retailers can support market access by helping growers Keep it Clean.

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) are playing an increasingly important role in the acceptance of Canadian agriculture commodities in domestic and export markets. However, one of the challenges growers face is that the limits are not always uniform across markets, or they may not yet be established in export markets.

Canadian growers must continue to follow best application practices to keep residues within acceptable limits and markets open. To do so, growers need to know which products can cause concern in certain markets.

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Donald Cooper, Business Coach and CAAR Conference Closing Keynote Speaker, will be conducting free, one-on-one business coaching sessions during the 2018 CAAR Conference to develop strategies to address your specific challenges.

It has come to our attention that some CAAR members have received fraudulent emails posing as trusted vendors. CAAR urges our members to review and use secure practices in all aspects of online activity and communication.

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.