Past Chairman of the Ag Retailers Association

Chuck Zimmerman

He’s now the past Chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association. He’s Gary Farrell (pictured left), Ag Enterprise Supply, who passed the gavel to the new Chairman, Dave DuFault, Simplot at the annual meeting in New Orleans. Prior to the ceremonies I visited with Gary and asked him what he was most proud of accomplishing during his term. He says it …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

CAT on the Move at ARA

Chuck Zimmerman

A first time sponsor and exhibitor at this week’s Agricultural Retailers Association convention in New Orleans was Caterpillar (CAT). Dustin Johansen with CAT says they are working to make their products more well known in the agricultural market. “We’ve always have our construction products sold in agriculture, but as the agriculture industry continues to expand, we want to really put …

ARA, Cattle Industry Conference, Equipment, Fertilizer, Livestock

ResponsibleAg Getting Kicked Off

Chuck Zimmerman

ResponsibleAg Inc. is a non-profit organization founded this year to promote the public welfare by assisting agribusinesses as they seek to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. Billy Pirkle of Crop Production Services was chosen as the first chair of the organization and he says one of their …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Crop Protection, Fertilizer, Safety

Ag Retailers Having Fun

Chuck Zimmerman

Ag Retailers having fun and raising money for the ARAPAC! That was the action last night at the Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo. Once again this year, Chad “Cracker” Johnson, was the auctioneer who did a masterful job managing the auction. By the way, Chad is a Gator Grad! That’s important to know. 2014 ARA Convention & Expo Photo …

Ag Groups, ARA

Ag Retailers Public Policy Update

Cindy Zimmerman

Transportation issues are at the top of the list of public policy concerns for ag retailers meeting in New Orleans this week. “We plan to make it a priority going into the new Congress,” said Agricultural Retailers Association senior VP for public policy Richard Gupton who updated the membership this morning. “Senator Thune is going to be the new chairman …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Fertilizer

AGCO Operator of the Year at ARA Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

The winner of a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the ARA Convention is Brent Klein, Simplot Grower Solutions. He beat out 4 finalists for the AGCO Application Equipment Operator of the Year Award. This is the ninth consecutive year the company has recognized North America’s top custom applicators who consistently bring outstanding skill, dedication and passion to their jobs. Brent …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

An FFA Welcome to Ag Retailers Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

Attendees to the 2014 Agricultural Retailers Convention were welcomed this morning by two of the Louisiana state officers of the National FFA. On the stage were Christen Wall (l) and Nicole Roofner. Christen talked about her family alligator farm and Nicole gave us an invocation. Both are high school seniors but already have plans for what they want to do …

Ag Groups, ARA, Audio, FFA

Ag Retailers Kick Off Convention

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2014 Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo is underway in New Orleans. The President/CEO for ARA is Daren Coppock, pictured here with some of our younger attendees from FFA and AFA. Great to see them here! Daren says attendance is at a record this year and judging by the crowd at the opening reception and today’s opening general session …

Ag Groups, ARA, Audio

Agricultural Retailers Navigating Forward

Chuck Zimmerman

This week I will be attending my first Agricultural Retailers Association Annual Convention & Expo. I’ve got a preview of what will be taking place in New Orleans from Brian Reuwee, Director of Communications & Marketing. Brian and I sat down during the recent NAFB Trade Talk session. One of the things that caught my eye about this year’s program …

Ag Groups, ARA, Audio, Precision Agriculture, ZimmCast

Ag Groups Urge President to Reject Biofuels Cuts

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and several other agricultural sent a letter to President Obama last week asking him to intervene with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed cuts in the 2014 volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard. “The blending targets and the methodology in your administration’s proposed rule are already causing significant harm to the biofuel …

AFBF, Ag Groups, ARA, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, NCGA