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Industry Trends

Canadian fertilizer shipments and farm operations expenses continue to grow year over year.

Quantifying Sustainable Practices

The Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) is helping their farmer customers identify attainable improvements in their operations that will contribute to overall improved farm sustainability and documenting these improvements in a meaningful way through their Grown With Purpose (GWP) program.

Reaching Out to Retailers

In October 2020, the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR) launched an online member survey tailored exclusively to the retail members of the association. Click here to complete the survey and provide your input to help shape the future of CAAR. 

To Become Different

The definition of change as a verb is “to make or become different.” Life is full of changes – personally and professionally. When a big change happens, we like to follow it up by saying, “When things get back to normal.” Normal is conforming to a standard, and after a change, really there is no “getting back to” because things are different.

Get to Know the CAAR Board: Cathi Douglas

The CAAR Communicator sits down for a Q&A with Cathi Douglas to learn about her journey through the ag retail industry and involvement with the CAAR Board.

Tours and Tradeshows Take Virtual Format

In the summer of 2019, sales reps, retailers and farmers gathered at demonstration plots across the country, taking advantage of the opportunity to see in person how crop inputs work in the field and to build relationships. What a difference a year makes.

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Olds College Smart Farm will be operating DOT autonomous equipment in the field for the first time this spring. As part of a three-year Smart Farm research project, the college will collect information and observations to understand the benefits and challenges of autonomous agricultural equipment. One of the DOT implements students will use is the DOT Sprayer developed by CAAR member Pattison Liquid Systems.

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) is looking for input from agronomists and canola growers about common canola management practices in Western Canada. CAAR encourages its members to take this short survey and share with their canola-growing customers to help the CCC get the best information.

You can help your customers protect their investments, and the marketability of their wheat, barley and oats, by being aware of the crop protection products which could create market risk when used on cereal crops. Keep reading for the 2020 products of concern for cereals.

Keep it Clean has released its 2020 Pulse MRL Advisory with information on the crop protection products which could restrict marketing options for Canadian pulse crops. As the growing season kicks off across the country, retailers are encouraged to learn the products of concern listed below and communicate them to their customers.

Under normal circumstances, spring can be a stressful time for retailers and their customers. This year, however, has the added challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading for some tips from Do More Ag and others to help cope with this stressful time.

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP), one of CAAR’s industry partner associations representing farmers in Manitoba, has released the results of a survey the association conducted earlier this year to assess satisfaction with rural cell and internet service across the province.

Transport Canada has revised temporary certificate TU 0751 to extend the requalification period for cylinders and other pressure receptacles with an expiration date of February 28th, 2019 or later. Download your temporary certificate now.