Willards Honored by ARA for Service

Cindy Zimmerman

At the 2018 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Convention this week, Billy and Bob Willard were honored with the ARA Distinguished Service Award for their support for ARA and the agricultural retail industry. “Willard Agri-Service is the gold standard for ag retailers,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock, who presented the award which honors individual members of the association who …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

Simplot Grower Solutions is ARA Retailer of the Year

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has named Simplot Grower Solutions its 2018 Retailer of the Year. The award is sponsored by Bayer and AgPro Magazine and is recognized as a symbol of quality and prestige within the industry. This coveted award honors an ag retailer, large or small, that represents the best of the best. Simplot Grower Solutions, the retail …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Bayer, Precision Agriculture

Trade is Hot Topic at #ARA2018

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) 2018 Conference and Expo started off with the timely topic of trade Tuesday. Ambassador Darci Vetter, General Manager of Public Affairs & Vice Chair of Agriculture Food and Trade of Edelman Public Affairs, presented a pre-conference workshop on “Trade, Tariffs, and Their Impact on American Agriculture.” Vetter, who is former chief agricultural negotiator at the …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Trade

Welcome to #ARA2018

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) opened its 2018 Conference and Expo in Boca Raton, Florida yesterday, bringing together nearly 600 agricultural retail leaders, suppliers, and industry partners. “The ARA Conference and Expo is the premier event for ag retailers,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Each year we come together to honor the industry’s best. We hear from engaging …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

ARA Conference & Expo Helps Make Connections

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2018 Agricultural Retailers Association annual Conference and Expo is kicking off today in Boca Raton, FL. I’ll be there once again to bring you some great content from the program and activities. The annual golf tournament is being held this morning, as well as a special Everglades agricultural tour. Afterwards, a pre-conference workshop entitled, “Trade, Tariffs, and Their Impact …

Agribusiness, ARA

Study Shows Ag Retailers Face Cover Crop Challenges

Carrie Muehling

A new study shows growing demand for cover crops, but agricultural retailers continue to face challenges when it comes to expanding that market. The study, conducted by Datu Research, LLC, found 89 percent of ag retailers have offered cover crops and services in the past two years to farmers who use them to anchor the soil between growing seasons. The …

AgWired Precision, ARA, cover crops

Augusto Joins Ag Retailers Association

Cindy Zimmerman

Melisa Augusto has joined the staff of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) as director of communications and marketing. In this capacity, Augusto will be responsible for ARA’s publications, media relations, website, marketing materials and associated issues. She will also support the communications aspects of ARA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of agricultural retailers. “We’re excited to welcome Melisa to the ARA …

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ARA Recognizes Efforts to Support Ag Retailers

Jamie Johansen

The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized two legislators who led efforts to defend the industry’s freedom to operate: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas). Both were named ARA’s 2017 Legislator of the Year. ARA recognized the congressmen for leading legislative relief on regulatory issues such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s illegal Process Safety Management retail exemption …

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ARA Honors AGCO Operator of the Year

Carrie Muehling

The 2017 Operator of the Year, sponsored by AGCO Corporation, Andrew Myburgh of Aberdeen, South Dakota, was honored at the recent Agriculture Retailers Association (ARA) annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from South Africa, Myburgh is a Certified Applicator at the Wheat Growers in Aberdeen, where he treats 40,000 acres of fields and is often requested by name. Now a …

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GROWMARK’s Wells Joins ARA Executive Committee

Carrie Muehling

GROWMARK Crop Nutrients Division Manager Rod Wells is the newest member of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) executive committee. Wells has been involved in ARA for a number of years and believes it is an important place to participate. “It’s all about being engaged in the process. It’s about advocating for the industry,” said Wells. “It’s critical that we make …

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