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ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock talks with a reporter during NAFB Washington Watch April 27, 2015.

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Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) accepts the ARA Legislator of the Year Award from ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock and Mo-Ag Executive Director Steve Taylor February 13 during the ARA Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) accepts the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock February 15 at the ARA Board of Directors Meeting in Washington D.C. Blunt, Heitkamp Honored with Legislator of the Year Award WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2017) – Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture’s allies in...
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More than 100 ARA members and stakeholders participated in the Agribusiness Fly-in Tuesday, February 14. Griffin Evans, R.W. Griffin Company; Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), House Ag Committee; Richard Gupton, ARA; Jeff Sands, Syngenta. Participants Meet with More than 160 Representatives, Senators and Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 100 agricultural retailers, distributors and suppliers headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday morning for the Agribusiness Congressional Fly-in. Hosted by the Agricultural Retailers Association, the fly-in garnered participation from ARA members from across the country and several national and state agribusiness groups....
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With hope and promise, the agricultural industry welcomes 2017. To balance the excitement of the new and unknown, growers look to familiar faces for guidance. As their most trusted adviser, you are a primary source of their strength. Your insight into their farms’ unique challenges enables you to prescribe precise solutions that will elevate their productivity and profits. At Syngenta, we proudly partner with you in finding the solutions that best fit each farm. Every year, we spend more than $1.3 billion in research and development, investing in state-of-the-art technologies, active ingredients and traits. A portion of these funds also goes...
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Court Says Des Moines Water Works Cannot Win Damages in Farm Runoff Case Significant Victory for Agriculture But Case Not Complete The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that the three counties being sued by the Des Moines Water Works are immune from damage claims. The Des Moines Water Works sued 10 drainage districts in the Iowa counties of Sac, Calhoun, and Buena Vista in federal court alleging the illegal discharge of pollutants into the Raccoon River, which is Des Moines’ primary source of drinking water. The county defendants moved the federal court to dismiss the lawsuit because drainage districts have been statutorily immune from lawsuits...
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The Agricultural Retailers Association welcomes the nomination of Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture for the Trump Administration. Gov. Perdue is familiar with the economic sector he will oversee both as an elected official in the State of Georgia and as a former agri-businessman himself. This familiarity is critical in the agricultural world, as the nature and nuances of the issues to be addressed are quite different than other sectors of the economy. His experience leading to this point gives him a firm understanding of the importance of issues like regulatory reform, trade, and agricultural labor to everyone in the food supply chain....
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The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized 20 top performers in the agricultural retail industry as members of the Rising Stars Class of 2016. ARA introduced Rising Stars in 2013 as a recognition and development program for high achievers and future leaders within the ag retail sector. This special distinction, sponsored by Yargus Manufacturing, provides ARA member companies with a hands-on opportunity to introduce new and/or emerging leaders to ARA and its conference. The conference provides participants an opportunity to engage with ARA through a solid lineup of keynote speakers, educational sessions, exclusive networking events and first-class...
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Syngenta is very committed to the American farmer through its investment in research and development, and we’re developing products to address the customer’s needs. The American agricultural community comprises some of the most progressive farmers in the world. To maintain that progressiveness, we need to continue to develop our technologies so American farmers can reap the benefits of advanced technologies in the marketplace. We’ve focused on our strengths, like disease control, insect control and weed control. We’ve looked at emerging markets as well – like nematodes and emergent technology – to prepare for the next...
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Corn piles high in the middle of corn harvest. Yield is the payoff after a season of good decisions and hard work. Top 10 Tips for Corn Yields Sponsored content from Bayer CropScience Best management practices (BMPs) go a long way to help farmers secure the best yields and return on investment when growing corn. While there are many factors involved in achieving top yields, the following top 10 tips can help your customers add bushels and profits and wind up with the best corn yield outcomes: Hybrid selection – Select hybrids from more than one maturity group for risk management and to spread out the workload at planting and...
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#ARA2016 Awards Roundup

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AGCO Operator of the Year 2016 Tony Kornder Genesis Growing Solutions Le Sueur, Minn. With 19 years of application experience, Kornder applies on about 35,000 acres each year. Genesis Growing Solutions credits Kornder's knowledge and work ethic with improving client retention and gaining new customers. He always keeps equipment ready to go and continuously looks to gain efficiency in road time, routing or loading. He is widely respected for his efficiency and ability to train new applicators. Kornder is also a member of his company's safety committee and recently led a training session for all custom applicators. As a fifth-generation family...
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Thank you, again, for making this year’s golf tournament such a success. We greatly appreciate your participation in the tournament and continued support of ARAPAC. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards supporting candidates for federal office who support agribusiness interests. Here are this year’s winners: First Place Kent McPherson Tim Witcher Jarrod Sullivan David Pieper Score: 63 Second Place Todd Miller Gary Gilliland Patrick Sanders Andy Phillips Score: 63 Third Place Keith Flick Justin Bzura Dave Craft Rob Bullock Score: 64 Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone again next...
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Signatories from agribusiness and trade associations stand with Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller following a signing ceremony today. The Agricultural Retailers Association joined several other groups on a memorandum of understanding to promote and facilitate conservation education, outreach and communication. Groups will Promote Education, Outreach and Communication Washington, D.C. (December 13, 2016) -- Several agricultural associations and agribusinesses today joined together to promote and expand federal conservation programs. The Agricultural Retailers Association, in partnership with several other agricultural...
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Candidly Speaking

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The annual Voice of Customer survey helps Syngenta continue to deliver exceptional programs and services to its reseller customers. By Aaron Deardorff, Head of Marketing to Settlement at Syngenta, North America The Voice of Customer survey, or more simply the VOC, is an annual survey Syngenta sends to key crop protection and seed resellers. Its primary purpose is to seek customers’ candid opinions on how Syngenta is doing so that we can continually improve. We always want to exceed customers’ expectations when it comes to our service and value to them. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the VOC survey. Initially, its...
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Yargus Manufacturing General Manager Steve Shaffer discusses work instructions during his presentation at the ARA Conference & Expo, December 1, 2016, in Orlando. "Lean" Not Just a Manufacturing Buzzword Generating higher productivity and continuous improvement are business principles that have stood the test of time. Attendees at the ARA Conference and Expo examined lean management techniques to help facility managers improve productivity, inventory turns, return on capital, asset utilization and other metrics during a session led by Yargus Manufacturing General Manager Steve Shaffer from 8 to 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Hilton...
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ARA President and CEO presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jamie Southard November 30, 2016, during the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. Safety Manager Active in Fight Against PSM ORLANDO -- For environmental health and safety managers working in ag retail, the last 18 months have been challenging. Jamie Southard went above and beyond to meet that challenge. He was presented the 2016 ARA Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary efforts in a ceremony November 30 at the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. The ARA Distinguished Service Award honors an individual member of the association who has gone beyond the traditional member...
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ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock presents Purdue Professor Emeritus Dave Downey with the Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award November 30, 2016, during the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. Purdue Professor Emeritus Contributions to Ag Retail Span 50 Years ORLANDO -- Few people in the agribusiness industry have influenced as many sales as Dave Downey. In a career spanning more than 50 years and reaching more than 10,000 students, he is recognized as a dynamic instructor with vast academic and practical experience. The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized Downey’s career and accomplishments with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime...
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Sponsored content provided by Legacy Building Solutions The main function of a fertilizer or commodity storage building is to provide unobstructed storage space at a low per-bushel cost. However, product handling, loading and blending also require consideration. Combining fabric structures on a steel frame with design-assist technology optimizes the available storage space and ensures smooth operations after construction. The Design-Assist Process In design-build and design-assist projects, the customer and the construction company work together from the project conception through completion. Design-build has several advantages over traditional design-bid-build...
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AFA Announces Fellowship, Board Members Agriculture Future of America hosted 1,200 students and professionals for the 20th AFA Leaders Conference, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City Hotel. Milestone years, spark reflection and innovation for the future. AFA's 20th anniversary was no different. During the AFA Leader in Agriculture Award Dinner, the organization unveiled a new logo, strategic plan and honored the legacy the founding family and CEO have built. In September of 1996, the late R. Crosby Kemper Jr, wife Bebe and son Sandy launched Agriculture Future of America with the support of local agribusiness professionals. Soon after,...
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Mark Helt, National Sales Manager for Monsanto (far left) and ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock (far right) present Karen Musson, Managing Partner, Gar Tootelian, with the 2016 Retailer of the Year Award. She accepted the award along with her husband and Gar Tootelian CEO Greg Musson on November 30 during the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. California Company Committed to Customer Success, Community ORLANDO (November 30, 2016) -- In 1949, Gar and Esther Tootelian, second-generation immigrants, scraped together their small savings and built an agricultural chemical and fertilizer business in Reedley, Calif., 30 minutes south of Fresno. ...
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Premier Ag CEO Harold Cooper hands the Chairman’s Gavel to BRANDT COO Tim McArdle. ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock looks on during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. BRANDT COO Continues Tradition of Service ORLANDO (December 5, 2016) -- Tim McArdle, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of BRANDT, was installed as the chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. McArdle has served as the General Manager of the BRANDT Retail Ag division for 15 years. McArdle received the gavel from Harold Cooper, CEO...
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Maximizing yield and profitability isn’t straightforward. We’d love it to be, but it just isn’t. However, there’s a fairly simple 1-2 combination that can help you and your customers do just that. It’s modeled after standard two-pass herbicide program but takes into account more than just herbicide choices. One – Start with a strong pre-emergent herbicide If weeds aren’t eliminated early, that competition can cost your customers’ corn yield potential by three bushels per acre each day, or almost $12 a day at today’s corn prices. Two – Include a fungicide treatment An early season...
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