ESSENTIAL NEWS FOR AGRI-RETAILERS
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.
CAAR has helped members weather regulatory changes for 25 years.
When the members of the Western Fertilizer and Chemical Dealers Association (WFCDA) voted to form a national organization, they sought to achieve more clout with regulators. The new organization would be better positioned to help ensure decision makers considered the agri-retailer perspective when creating policy that would affect their businesses. No issue illustrates this better than the ongoing work CAAR has done on behalf of its members regarding anhydrous ammonia (NH3) regulations.
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.
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.
SPONSORED BY FERTILIZER CANADA: Over the years, Fertilizer Canada has developed world-class safety and security programs through eLearning and Codes of Practice to complement the safety initiatives of our members. Safety is the number one priority of the fertilizer industry. Our members work to ensure that every day their employees and facilities meet stringent requirements for a safe workplace as they work to make products which help feed the world. This commitment is upheld beyond the boundaries of their sites as they work with first responders to ensure the safety of their communities and educate their customers on proper use of the product.
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!
Glyphosate-resistant kochia is still relatively rare in Manitoba, but the province’s weed specialist has stated that farmers can’t afford to become complacent, The Manitoba Co-operator reports.
Grain Farmers of Ontario officials have asked for a temporary stay of the new provincial government regulations regarding neonicotinoid treated seeds.
After a dry early season, persistently poor weather has hit Saskatoon and Alberta. According to The Western Producer, frustrated farmers are reporting approximately 40% of total Western acreage that has yet to be harvested, and a poor chance that their cereals will qualify for top grades.
CAAR President and CEO, Delaney Ross Burtnack, was recently interviewed by Real Agriculture on the details and upcoming developments of the Operation Ag Careers program.
Robert Whitelaw, longtime CAAR member and advocate of the agri-retail industry, was recognized for his contributions to The Canadian Red Cross Strength and Spirit Campaign at a celebratory powwow in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.