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The Impact from Global Trends on the Canadian Ag Retailer

Marty Seymour, Director of Industry Relations with Farm Credit Canada (FCC) reviewed current trends and consumer behaviours impacting Canadian ag retailers, agriculture and food sectors in light of the pandemic at the recent 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference.

Sarah Dobson, Senior Relationship Manager with FCC also focused on introducing its new online application process and the new digital tools to finance a business.

Evolution of CAAR. Your Participation is Required.

The past 3 months have been exceptionally busy months for the CAAR organization. We continue to evolve, and Members will begin to experience the changes in 2021.

Many issues of 2020 carried over into 2021, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ag industry has met the challenge with reliance and must remain diligent through 2021.

Get to Know the CAAR Board: Stu Rasmussen & Stewart Whillans

The CAAR Communicator recently sat down with Stu Rasmussen with Blair’s Family of Companies and Stewart Whillans with J.R. Simplot to learn about their careers in the agriculture industry as well as their journey and leadership in ag retailer and their roles on the CAAR Board.

Engaging Our Employees

Rob McIntyre with Dale Carnegie Training demonstrated the tools that can be used to take control of personal attitudes, build relationships, and enhance communication skills which will ultimately enhance leadership skills during the 2021 Virtual CAAR Conference.

Building Customer Relationships: Understanding Needs and Conflict

Maintaining strong customer relationships is a driving factor for both customer satisfaction as well as company growth.

Rob McIntyre, President, Managing Partner and Master Trainer at Dale Carnegie Training explains that both parties need to be fully committed, with the company having total accountability of its attitudes and actions.

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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.

Syngenta recently revealed some of what is in the works from their trait and chemistry departments to investors, stakeholders and journalists during Syngenta R&D Day in Stein, Switzerland.

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.

The CAAR staff are thrilled to announce some recent upgrades to our online presence. The new and improved CAAR.org will help us provide our members with more information and resources to help their businesses thrive.