Tuesday, November 27

7:00 AM - 1:00 PM               

ARA Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course

(Prior registration required.)

8:30 - 10:00 AM

Spouse Program: Mimosa Brunch at Hotel

(Prior spouse registration required.)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibitors Set Up

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Time Available for Side Meetings

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Build a Crop Plan Around Corn Yield’s Big Factors – Weather and Nitrogen
Presented by Fred Below, Ph.D, University of Illinois
Hosted by AGROTAIN International 

4:00 - 5:00 PM

New Members & First Time Attendees Reception

(By invitation only.)                                         

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Opening Reception (Exhibit Hall)

7:00 PM

Customer Appreciation Night (Dinner on your own.)

Wednesday, November 28     

7:00 – 8:15 AM

Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)

8:30 - 10:10 AM

General Session Begins, Welcome by Daren Coppock, ARA President & CEO

Navigating a Dynamic World     
Carl Casale, CHS President & CEO     

Introduction of International Guests

  Post-Election Analysis, and the Impact on Agriculture
Charlie Stenholm, Former Texas Congressman and Senior Policy Adviser with OFW Law

10:10 - 10:30 AM


10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Spouse Program: Balboa Park Tour

(Prior spouse registration required.)

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

General Session Continues

State of ARA Report
Daren Coppock, ARA President & CEO

Awards Presentations
• ARA Retailer of the Year Award
• AGCO Operator of the Year Award
ARA Distinguished Service Award
• ARA Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award     

Strategies for Successful Plan Execution 
John Foley, Former Blue Angel

12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch (Exhibit Hall)

1:00 PM

ACRC 20th Anniversary Celebration in the Exhibit Hall

2:00 - 4:30 PM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
Developing Your Flight Crew     
  -- Recruiting and retaining good employees and developing the next generation of leaders with Karen Grabow from Land O' Lakes.   

Commanding Success with New Technology     
  -- Bill Keogh with AgKnowlogy will present innovative solutions to solve business problems.
  -- Special presentation from the winner of ARA’s Technology Contest

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Reception (Exhibit Hall)

6:30 PM

Load Buses and Depart for ARA Annual Dinner & Auction

7:00 - 10:00 PM

ARA Annual Dinner and Auction (Prior ticket purchase required!)
 USS Midway Aircraft Carrier
 Proceeds to benefit ARAPAC
   -- Buses will begin departing at 9:30 for those who need to leave early.

Thursday, November 29

7:00 - 8:15 AM

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 AM

Exhibitor Tear Down

8:30 - 10:00 AM                    

General Session Opening Remarks


DuPont Environmental Respect Award Presentation 

  Agriculture Industry Trends and Developments John May, President of Agricultural Solutions and Chief Information Officer, John Deere

ARA Educational Programs
Lee Stanish, Purdue University


AgGateway & ARA Technology Contest Award Presentation

New ARA Chairman Installation

Closing General Session Comments

10:00 - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM - 12:00 PM          

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Guarding Against the Torpedoes
• Strategies for risk management & market intelligence with David Asbridge, president and senior economist with NPK Fertilizer Advisory Service

Making Your Ship Battle-Ready
• Benchmarking Your Business presented by Kelly Farrell and Susan Summers with Farrell Growth Group

 — How do you stack up to your peers and industry averages or benchmarks                                                     

12:00 - 1:00 PM                  

Lunch – Conference Adjourns

1:00 - 5:00 PM 

California Agriculture Tour at Henry Avocado Corporation

($35. Prior registration required.)

Transportation provided