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ARA provides multiple communications avenues to connect with members including email alerts on important industry news and regulatory issues; Retailer Fact$, a bi-monthly enewsletter; and this website.

Retailer Fact$

  • Brian Reuwee

    Sign-Up Begins Today for Restored Disaster Assistance Programs

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S....

  • Brian Reuwee

    ARA Accepting Retailer of the Year Nominations

    The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is now accepting nominations for the Agricultural Retailer of the Year...

  • Brian Reuwee

    Ag Organizations Express Concern about CWA Revisions

    The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), CropLife America (CLA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) expressed...

  • Brian Reuwee

    ARA Applauds Proposed NPDES Fix

    During the House Agriculture Committee meeting Thursday, March 13, the committee approved H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory...

  • Brian Reuwee

    ARA Updates American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance on ResponsibleAg Initiative

    On March 11-12, ARA Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton attended the American Agronomic...

  • Brian Reuwee

    ARA joins USB for Take Action Partnership

    The Agricultural Retailers Association has joined with the United Soybean Board to take action against herbicide resistant...

  • Brian Reuwee

    Ohio Agribusiness Association Launches 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program

    As regulations are being considered, the agriculture community is launching a proactive, responsible commitment aimed...

Press Releases

ResponsibleAg Names Board of Directors

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today announced the selection of individuals to serve on the newly formed ResponsibleAg Board of Directors. The nine representatives include:

Lucas, Hagen Named ARA Legislators of the Year

Lucas was instrumental in getting the Farm Bill through the house, and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) was pleased recognize him as one of its 2013 Legislators of the Year. ARA also recognized Senator Kay Hagen (D-N.C.) in a separate ...

ARA, TFI Establish ResponsibleAg

ARA and TFI announce plans to create ResponsibleAg, an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support fertilizer retailers’ compliance with federal safety and security regulations.

Schroeder Recognized for Service

Rod Schroeder, recently retired from WinField Solutions, was recognized during the ARA Annual Conference on December 4 with the Agricultural Retailers Association Distinguished Service Award. Schroeder is a former ARA board member and long-time supporter...

Farrell Installed as ARA Chairman

MIAMI – Gary Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ag Enterprise Supply in
Cheney, Wash., was installed as the 2014 Chairman of the Board for ARA on December 5, during the Annual Conference at the Trump National Doral Resort in Doral,...

Former TFI President Receives Eberspacher Award

MIAMI (December 4, 2013) -- The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) recognized Ford B. West, former president of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), with its Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award. ARA President and Chief Executive Officer Daren...

ARA on AgriTalk

AgriTalk's Mike Adams talks with ARA Chairman Johnny Council, SVP of Policy Richard Gupton and Retailer of the Year Morral Companies live from the ARA Annual Conference in Miami on December 4.

Media Contact

Brian Reuwee
Director of Communications & Marketing | (202) 457-0825

Shared Files

Richard Gupton

In a letter U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator...

Jeff Sands

Pesticide users must currently comply with a requirement that certain pesticide applications - already...

Richard Gupton

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) recently held a public hearing on a Petition for Rulemaking...

Brian Reuwee

Nine-member board represents a cross-section of the fertilizer supplier and retailer network.

Recent Blogs

  • Gary Baise

    EPA's Water Police, Part One: Coming to Your Farm?

    I just returned from Germany and Poland and was startled to discover the regulatory control the European Union exercises...

  • Brian Reuwee

    African Fertilizer Volunteer's Program: Share Your Expertise

    The African Fertilizer Volunteer's Program (AFVP) is a call to global fertilizer industry experts willing to volunteer...

  • Brian Reuwee

    Sign-Up Begins Today for Restored Disaster Assistance Programs


    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S....


Agriculture not just confined to middle of California

Agriculture defines the culture of many regions in California

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California citrus groves still at zero water allocation

State decision will use water to flush Delta instead of help growers keep trees alive
California regulators will let citrus die rather than provide growers with enough water to keep trees alive

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New online disease management for almonds course announced

2014 is expected to be a difficult year for California almond producers. Water shortages throughout the Central Valley could mean reduced yields and narrow profit margins.

That, in turn, will put a premium on “Disease Management for California Almond Production,” which is the title of a new online continuing education course for California licensed agricultural professionals.

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Good vine growth starts season for Lodi grape growers

Favorable spring weather, including temperatures pushing into the mid-80s during the day before cooling down to the mid-40s at night, has resulted in good vine growth.

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Photos - 2014 ASFMRA Arizona Ag Forum

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Lemons, wine grapes big winners in Arizona

Arizona members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers hear an optimistic economic review for Arizona crops last year, plus a mostly bullish forecast for the 2014 crop year, despite tightening water availability.

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Good almond crop for growers with adequate water

A decent bloom combined with a strong nut set has set the stage for a promising almond crop for Stanislaus County growers.

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Getting jump on weeds critical for pistachio growers

Knocking out weeds early not only helps extend limited supplies of irrigation water, but, it can also help protect newly-planted pistachio trees from the deadly threat of false chinch bug.

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Early bunch counts point to smaller raisin grape crop

Warmer than normal temperatures have pushed much of California’s raisin grape crop off to a fast start.

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Crop development in high gear in California, Arizona

With the summer months just a stone’s throw away, crop growers in California and Arizona are farming at full throttle the 350-plus commodities grown in the two-state area.

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Tree nut grower awaits critical water delivery decision

Surface water allocations will determine if Leon Etchepare plants or fallows row crop fields this season and how much money he'll need to spend to keep his orchards alive.

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Arizona Veg IPM Update: Insect loss and insecticide use, powdery mildew, UA herbarium

The largest herbarium (plant museum) in the Southwest is located at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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Nickels Soil Lab Field Day, May 14, Arbuckle


Marine Avenue
Marine Ave.
Arbuckle, CA
United States

The Nickels Soil Lab Annual Field Day is May 14 on Marine Ave. in Arbuckle, Calif. from 8:30 a.m. through lunch.


8:30 - Registration (coffee and Danish)

9:00 – Field topics

Monitoring soil moisture to guide irrigation decisions - Larry Schwankl, University of California, Davis

How well is your irrigation system performing? - Kevin Greer, Tehama County Resource Conservation District

Post-harvest canopy health and yield the next season - Ted DeJong, UC Davis

Applying crop evapotranspiration estimates in on-farm water management - Allan Fulton, UCCE

Measuring crop stress to make irrigation decisions - Rick Buchner, UCCE

Almond orchard hedging - Bruce Lampinen, UC Davis

Rootstock trial review - Franz Niederholzer, UCCE

Nitrogen cycle inhibitors - Martin Burger, UC Davis

12:15 pm – Lunch by reservation with proceeds benefitting the Pierce FFA program -

$12 prepaid and $15 at the door

Lunch discussion:

Active groundwater management - An assessment of the Sacramento Valley’s groundwater resources - David Guy, Northern California Water Association; and Paul Gosselin, Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation.

The field day program is organized by Franz Niederholzer, UCCE Colusa-Sutter-Yuba counties.

Please RSVP to the UCCE Colusa Office at (530) 458-0570.

UCCE Sacramento Valley Olive Day, April 29, Corning


Veterans' Memorial Hall
1620 Solano St.
Corning, CA
United States

The University of California Cooperative Extension’s (UCCE) Sacramento Valley Olive Day is April 29 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano St., Corning, Calif.


8:00 - Registration

8:30 - Agricultural Commissioner update - Doug Compton, Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

9:00 - Mechanical harvest of table olives – research update - Louise Ferguson, UCCE

9:30 - Olive pest management districts update for Glenn and Tehama counties - speakers to be announced

  • Olive fly and brown marmorated stink bug identification - Dani Lightle, UCCE

10:00 - Alternate bearing in olive - Elizabeth Fichtner, UCCE

10:30 – Break

10:50 - Water management under drought cutbacks - Joe Connell, UCCE

11:20 - Olive oil market and future market potential - Paul Vossen, UCCE

12:00 - Lunch

Application made for continuing education credits.

To register, call (530) 865-1107, or send an e-mail to by April 24. 

Goodyear Farm Tires introduces new Ultra Sprayer VF

New Goodyear Ultra Sprayer VF tire can carry 40 percent higher loads at the same inflation pressure as a standard radial or carry the same load at 40 percent lower inflation pressure.

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California drought tough on honeybee health

Some U.S. beekeepers are questioning whether to continue coming to California and risk damage to hives, or stay home and make honey that sells for more than $2 per pound.

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Reduced California cotton acreage could hit 90-year low

California agriculture continues to witness a decline in cotton acreage.

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Farm law implementation continues

USDA continues to move forward with activities to implement The Agricultural Act of 2014 as the Farm Service Agency issued a number of notices related to the new law’s implementation.

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Modest costs for EPA worker protection rule?

Will EPA's proposed revisions to its worker protection standard result in “fairly modest” cost increases that will be outweighed by the benefits of reducing pesticide exposures.

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Freeze damage, drought line up against California citrus

Bugs could be particularly bothersome this year
Freeze and drought could boost pest problems in California citrus

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