Amplify the Voice of Ag Retailers

One voice in Washington won’t make enough noise. But all of our voices together cannot be ignored. By joining ARA, you help us better represent your interests while giving your business a competitive advantage. Here are some benefits of membership:

Experienced Public Policy Representation

ARA staff members have more than 100 years of combined experience in public policy, communications and issues management. Staff members educate federal agencies and Congressional members on important issues affecting your industry. ARA staff serve on the following committees and boards:

  • Ag Transportation Working Group
  • Agriculture Energy Alliance
  • American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance
  • American Society of Association Executives
  • Asmark Institute Board
  • Chemical Sector Coordinating Council
  • Commodity Markets Oversight Coalition
  • EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
  • EPA Spray Drift Workgroup
  • EPA Web-Distributed Labeling Workgroup
  • Interested Parties in Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • National Agronomic Environmental Health & Safety School Board
  • Washington, D.C. Agricultural Communicators

Make Educated Business Decisions

ARA sends Member Alerts to notify you of important regulatory or legislative changes that could impact your business. These alerts may include contact information for your representatives, if local action is needed.

In addition, ARA provides tools for your business, such as a model fertilizer contract confirmation.

We’ll also communicate with you via Retailer Fact$, a bi-weekly e-newsletter that will keep you and your staff informed about the latest issues.

Plus, you have access to the ARA staff. You may consult with them on your specific business issues affected by legislative or regulatory events.

Access to Industry Leaders

As an ARA member, you’re welcome to attend any ARA meeting, including the three board meetings held each year. Attending an ARA board meeting gives you the chance to network with other industry leaders representing retail outlets and leading agricultural manufacturers. Guest speakers may include industry executives, Congressional leaders and government agency officials.

Discounted Registration for ARA Events

In recent years, the ARA Conference & Expo has become a can’t-miss event for the industry. The conference offers a dynamic program full of presentations from leading industry executives as well as practical information you can use to improve your business. You can also receive discounts to these important educational opportunities:

  • The ARA Management Academy at Purdue University fills up quickly ever year. The classes take place during the first week of February. With an ARA membership, your rate to attend this program is significantly discounted.
  • Webinars and other new training programs are developed by ARA frequently that address specific information needs in the industry. As an ARA member, you are the first to know about these opportunities and receive a discounted rate for participation. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also available for participation in some of these programs.

You’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips

ARA members have exclusive access to the ARA website, including newsletter archives, regulation compliance guidance and alerts on specific issues.



Background Screening Discount

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has partnered with General Information Services, Inc. (GIS) to provide GIS' best-in-class criminal background, drug and medical screening services to ARA members at a discounted rate.

GIS is one of the largest organizations in the background screening industry with a national criminal database containing more than 475 million records. This national criminal database pulls information from more than 1,000 records including a variety of national security sources.

Services offered through the partnership include:

  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • DOT-compliant physicals
  • DOT driver qualification file management
  • Background checks and license verifications

As an added bonus, GIS offers an easy paperless solution that is intuitive and requires absolutely no training. Some services are available for ARA members to start ordering background checks immediately after signing up, and other services GIS will get input from the retailer on how they would like to get set-up.

Please visit the website set-up for ARA members:

You can get information about the services and cost, sign-up, or have GIS contact you by visiting the site. All services are offered at a discounted price to ARA members.