The Communicator

February 2023 Issue – See All

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.

Food not feed

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

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.


No Concerns with New Pesticides & Ag Plastic in Québec Changes

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.

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CAAR welcomes Nikeisha to the team!

CAAR is delighted to welcome Nikeisha Paul-Hunnighan to the Marketing, Communications & Event Management role with the association. Nikeisha has a variety of experiences centered on creative strategy, content creation, editing, brand messaging, and event management. Most recently she worked as a content marketing strategist with Globe Property Management. Nikeisha has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Gender Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations and Communications from Humber College. Please join us in welcoming Nikeisha.

U of Manitoba CAAR Agronomy Award Winner Announced

CAAR annually presents an Agronomy Award of $1,000 to a deserving agriculture student at the University of Manitoba. Congratulations to Kevin Jungbluth on winning this award. Jungbluth was also awarded the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for Highest Standing in the Two-Year Diploma Program.

2023 CAAR Conference and Tradeshow

The 2023 CAAR Conference and Tradeshow will be hosted at the Westin Edmonton in Alberta February 7 to 9, 2023. It will be great to meet in person and see one another again. Join us to stay up to date on what’s important, and to help you develop strategies to support the health of your business, the ag retail industry, and the agriculture industry overall. We invite all ag retailers from across Canada to join us.

The 2023 CAAR Conference presentations will include a look at the state of Canadian Retail Businesses, Fertilizer Outlook, Carbon Market Opportunities to name just a few. Attendees can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through registering and attending our event, more details will be released about how to sign up and claim your credits. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities are also available. Contact Lady Gabilo at 204-989-9304 for more information.

2023 CAAR Retailer Hall of Fame Awards

Do you know someone who stood out and has made the extra effort for the ag retail industry? Someone who should be nominated for the Retailer Hall of Fame award? The Retailer Hall of Fame award recognizes an individual who has consistently demonstrated exceptional performance over time in serving his or her customers, industry, and association. Your nominations can be made on the CAAR website. If anyone has any questions about the CAAR award nomination process, please contact Lady Gabilo at 204-989-9304.

Agronomist of the Year Award

Do you know an Agronomist who consistently exceeds expectations through dedication to their field and their agronomic knowledge? Nominate your Agronomist for the Agronomist of the Year Award. In addition to being recognized as a leader in the ag retail industry, the winning individual receives an award plaque to display at their office, $1,000 prize, a one-page article featured in the CAAR Communicator and CAAR Network, and is also inducted into the CAAR Awards honour roll. Nominations can be made on the CAAR website. If you have any questions about the CAAR award nomination process, please contact Lady Gabilo at 204-989-9304.

Support CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction

The CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction will be held during the 2023 CAAR conference and online. The Pro-Ag Investment’s Auction is CAAR’s only fundraiser, contributing up to 10 per cent of the association’s annual revenue. Proceeds from the auction directly support CAAR’s advocacy activities, support of industry initiatives, agricultural scholarships, upgrades to existing programs and services and the development of new ones. Show your support by donating an item for the auction.

If you are interested in donating product to the CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction, please contact Mitch Rezansoff at 204-989-9303.

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