Monday, November 27

8 - 11 a.m.

ResponsibleAg Board of Directors Meeting

3 p.m.

ARA Executive Committee Meeting

5 - 7 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

McArthur 4

7 - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Reception

Aztec Patio

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Dinner
Sponsored by EFC Systems

Aztec Room

Tuesday, November 28

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-up Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

8 a.m.

Shotgun Start - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Adobe Course 

9 a.m. - Noon

Taliesin West Tour

Departs from Tour Lobby

3 - 4 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop


Dicamba Lessons Learned in 2017

Dr. Ford Ballwin
Practical Weed Solutions

4 p.m.

VIP Reception
First-time Attendees, Rising Stars, New Members and Invited Guests

Cottage Court

4:30 - 7 p.m.

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Winfield United

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

7 p.m.

Customer Appreciation Night

Dinner on your own 

Wednesday, November 29

7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 

Breakfast in Trade Show
Sponsored by Bayer

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

General Session

McArthur Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Consolidation in Agribusiness

Jim Collins


ARA Educational and Training Programs



Refreshment Break
Sponsored by New Leader and Marcus Construction



ARA President's Report



ARA Awards


Global Economic and Business Trends

Peter Zeihan
Geopolitical Strategist


9 a.m. - Noon

Spouse Event: Arizona Biltmore Historical Tour
Sponsored by FMC

Departs from Tour Lobby

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by BASF and Legacy Building Solutions

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
1:30 - 3 p.m. 

General Session

McArthur Ballroom 

AGCO Operator of the Year

Environmental Regulation in Agriculture

Scott Pruitt (Invited)
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

25th Anniversary Celebration
Recognition of Past Chairmen

3 - 3:30 p.m.



3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Coming to a State Near You
Mary Hartney, Florida Fertilizer and Chemical Association
Renee Pinel, Western Plant Health Association
Katie Fast, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Moderated by Jim Byrum, Michigan Agribusiness Association

McArthur 2&3

Protecting Yourself from Liability
David Leath, Petrie Dorfmeier


5 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in Tradeshow
Sponsored by Case IH and Valent USA

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

6:30 - 10 p.m. 

ARA Dinner & Auction

Squaw Peak Terrace and Grand Ballroom

Thursday, November 30


7 - 8 a.m.

Sponsored by Environmental Tillage Systems

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

8 a.m.

Exhibitor Tear Down

8 - 9 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Implementing eConnectivity in Ag Retail
Moderated by Brent Kemp, AgGateway

McArthur 2&3

We Won, But... Legal Perspectives on Key Industry Issues
Ross Johnson, Faegre Baker Daniels
Del Ehlich, Faegre Baker Daniels

McArthur 1

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Aligned Ag Distributors


9:30 a.m. - Noon

General Session

Sponsored by CoBank

McArthur Ballroom


Environmental Respect Award
Sponsored by DuPont



Precision Impact Award
Sponsored by AgPro, Agricultural Retailers Association and SST Software



Outgoing Chairman Recognition



New Chairman Installation


Alternative Business Models

Steve Watts, Farrell Growth Group
Amol Deshpande, Farmers Business Network
Moderated by Dave Downey, Purdue University


Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Grand Ballroom

1:30 - 5 p.m.

Arizona AgTour
Sponsored by AMVAC

Departs from Tour Lobby

Registration Rates

Before Oct. 14 After Oct. 14
ARA Members $425 $475
Non-Members  $885 $935
Spouses  $100 $100

Special Event Fees

ARA Dinner & Auction $125
Taliesin West Tour $45
Arizona Agricultural Tour $30
Arizona Biltmore Historical Tour Included with Spouse Registration

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Greens Fees $150

Registration Desk Hours

Monday, Nov. 27: 4–7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30: 7–8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Hours

Tuesday, Nov. 28

7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Exhibitor Set Up

4:30–7 p.m.: Opening Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 29

7–8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

5–6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Thursday, Nov. 30

7–8 a.m.: Breakfast

8 a.m.: Exhibitor Tear-down