Program Overview

Program Highlights

Industry leaders, political insiders and a former Blue Angel will provide maximum fire power for an exciting kick off to the conference general session.

 • Carl Casale, president and CEO of CHS, will present the global outlook for agriculture and its impact on the U.S. ag retail industry.

 • John Foley, a Former Blue Angel, will provide strategies for successful execution of your business plan.

 • An update on the State of ARA from the association’s President & CEO Daren Coppock.

John May,
President of Agricultural Solution and Chief Information Officer with John Deere will provide his perspective on agriculture industry trends and developments retailers need to be aware of in the future.

  Former Texas Congressman Charlie Stenholm will offer a post-election analysis for agriculture. Stenholm served on the House Ag Committee for 26 years and is currently a Senior Policy Advisor with OFW Law.

 CCA continuing education credits available.

Bring your colleagues and cover all the sessions to take home as many ideas as possible!

 Developing Your Flight Crew
Karen Grabow, Senior Vice President of Business Development Services with Land O’ Lakes, will lead a session on how to recruit and retain good employees, and develop the next generation of leaders in your company.

Commanding Success with the Latest Technology

Bill Keogh with AgKnowlogy will present innovative solutions to business problems.
• Special demonstration from the winner of ARA’s Technology Contest
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?