The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association which represents the interests of agricultural retailers and distributors across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues. As the political voice of agricultural retailers and distributors, ARA represents its membership by educating members of Congress and agency officials on important issues affecting the industry.
The retailer supplies valuable goods and services to our nation’s farmers including seed, crop protection products, fertilizer, crop scouting, soil testing, custom application services and development of comprehensive nutrient management plans. Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) and Pest Control Advisors (PCAs) are often retained on the retailer’s staff to provide professional guidance and crop input recommendations to farmers and consumers.
ARA members range in size from family-held businesses to large companies with many outlet stores. Retail facilities are scattered throughout all 50 states and provide important jobs in rural and suburban communities.
ARA is a dedicated business partner with its membership by offering programs and services designed to keep retailers on top of critical issues that impact their profitability. The landscape of crop input practices, technology developments and government regulations are constantly changing. Staying informed means staying ahead, and nothing helps the retail distribution industry more than ARA.