The Communicator

February 2023 Issue – See All

Food not feed

What we know about the strange “ban” on Lambda-cyhalothrin insecticide.

By The Numbers

2.9 That’s how many billions of dollars Canada’s ag industry lost because it lacked the necessary labour, according to a 2020 survey. See Page 18.

3 The number of quick and easy ways to get your new hire interested in your work-related health and safety. See Page 12.

7 The Royal Bank of Canada says that there are seven things our country can do to turn it into a global leader in agriculture innovation and technology, while also reducing our ag greenhouse gas emissions. See Page 26.

30 The required amount of metric tonnes of GHG emissions Canada needs to annually reduce by 2030. One way to eat at that number is to use more grain oils as vehicle fuel. See Page 14.

100 That’s the percentage of effort CAAR Scholarship Award winner Alice Hehli said she will be able to put into her school work now, no longer having to worry about finances. See Page 36.

449.8 This is the molecular weight of Lambda-cyhalothrin, a compound that was used as the main ingredient in highly effective brands of insecticide. Banned, but not banned in Canada, its loss affects our crops as well as our feed imports. See Page 8.

The RBC transformative seven

With Canada having to reduce its GHG emissions, the ag industry needs more innovative technologies. So how do we do that?

The Resiliency of Canadian Ag Production

It has been three long years since I last attended an indoor farm show. Yesterday, I travelled to Brandon, Manitoba for the opening day of 2023 Manitoba Ag Days.


No Concerns with New Pesticides & Ag Plastic in Québec Changes

Canadian ag labour resolution may have a flaw

The interim report developed for the National Workforce Strategic Framework for Agriculture and Food & Beverage Manufacturing is a thing of beauty. But something integral to its success is missing.

Top 3 ways to engage employees in workplace health and safety

Make sure your employees understand the importance of health and safety with these tips.

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Hi Everyone!

I’m Stu Rasmussen, Chairman of the CAAR Board of Directors. Mitch Rezansoff, your Executive Director, has kindly given me this platform for this issue of your CAAR Communicator.

This has been a year you had to live through to believe. From supply chain issues and product shortages like we’ve never experienced, through to high crop input costs and record high commodity prices. Despite these setbacks, we managed to have better crop yields compared to 2021.

Recently, some ag industry professionals and I provided feedback and guidance at a series of AAFC input stakeholder sessions in response to the federal government’s Fertilizer Emission Initiative, which seeks to lower these emissions by 30 precent by 2030.

In CAAR news, the Executive Board met for the first time since before Covid this past September. We are looking to fill a vacant board member position. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me via the Blair’s Family of Companies at (306) 229-7959.

Current Board Members are:

Stan Loewen (TerraLink)
Taylor Olsen (Olds Fertilizer & Agri Services)
Stewart Whillans (Simplot Canada)
Darrel Knight (Federated Co-Operative Limited)
Scott Russel (Nutrien)
Martin Kiefer (Agrico Canada)
Craig Senchuk (Hitech Installations)
Eric Gregory (Brett Young)
Stu Rasmussen - CAAR Board Chairperson (Blair’s Family of Companies)

Our dynamic in-house team includes Mitch Rezansoff (CAAR Executive Director), Lady Gabilo (Services & Finance Manager), and Nikeisha Paul-Hunnighan (Marketing, Communications & Event Manager). We are looking for a Sales & Marketing Coordinator to join the CAAR team. If you would like to join a team positioned at the forefront of our industry, please contact me.

At CAAR, we want to ensure we are fully representing all aspects of ag retail within the industry. Members: Please be sure to renew your memberships and solicit, on our behalf, other ag retailers, suppliers, etc., to join our organization.

Everyone in the industry needs to be a member.

Finally, some exciting news: the next CAAR Convention will be in-person! This year’s convention will be held from February 7-9, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta. Meet new people, make meaningful connections, and take advantage of a great opportunity to learn about and stay on top of the issues we face daily as an industry.

Have a great rest of the year, and stay healthy and safe.

I can be reached via the Blair’s Family of Companies at 306-229-7959, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stu Rasmussen, P.Ag.
Board Chairman

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