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

OSHA Safe + Sound Week

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August 13-19, 2018, has been declared the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week. The week  is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Together with OSHA, ARA has put together this fact sheet for agricultural retailers. You can find more information about Safe + Sound Week by clicking here
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By: Daren Coppock, President & CEO American agriculture is rightfully concerned over today’s start of an international trade war. Tariffs on Chinese goods announced by the administration have been rapidly countered by China and are focused on U.S. agricultural exports. One of our few economic sectors with a positive global balance of trade – agriculture – is being placed at risk as leverage to address other aspects of our trade relationship with China.  According to data from the Commerce Department as of July 6 [1] , the United States had a total global trade deficit of over $736 trillion dollars in 2017. To no one’s surprise, China’s ...
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Wanted: Innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record. Must be able to build and maintain customer, industry and community relationships. The successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017. The award, presented by Monsanto and  AgPro Magazine , recognizes the best in ag retail annually. Retailer of the Year is a symbol of quality and an emblem of prestige. Past winners include Asmus Farm Supply, Gar Tootelian, The Andersons, NEW Cooperative, Morral Companies, South Dakota Wheat Growers and the Lyman/Tremont Group.  ...
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On Friday June 8, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released draft language of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Committee, led by Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., plans to consider the legislation on Wednesday, June 13, and hold a full Senate vote later this summer.   By and large, the bipartisan legislation does little to change the status quo. Little to no regulatory reforms found in the House version of the bill, which failed in the House 198-213 in May, were included in the Senate version. The bill does not contain language to extend ...
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According to a recent case study, consulting with a local ag retailer on cover crops, precision technology and soil health can benefit conservation and improve the bottom line for farmers. The case study was presented by Gary Farrell, president and CEO of Ag Enterprise Supply, based in Cheney, Wash., and Hunter Carpenter, director of public policy for the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA), at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Winter Policy Conference on Jan. 31 in Washington, D.C. The case study is one of the outcomes from a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) ...
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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted an agricultural coalition's petition to preliminary enjoin California's Prop. 65 requirement that companies selling glyphosate issue a warning that the product "is 'known' to cause cancer."  The court granted the preliminary injunction because the warning requirement would be misleading to the ordinary consumer. The court found that although the International Agency on Cancer Research classified glyphosate as "'probably carcinogenic' to humans based on evidence that it caused cancer in experimental animals and limited evidence it could cause cancer in humans,... virtually all ...
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A former boss used to say the best public relations campaigns happen when you get caught doing good. Although there's a bit more to it, that's on the money. When organizations act authentically and with empathy -- more like people than a business -- in doing good works then share (not tell) people about what they are doing and why, it can have a great impact on community and brand goodwill, as well as your bottom line. This article from Farm Journal's AgWeb illustrates this point more directly: https://www.agweb.com/article/businesses-benefit-from-altruism-during-a-crisis. The first rule of crisis communications is to run an ethical business. Your business ...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen Help Farmers Protect their Nitrogen Investment Volatile weather conditions mean growers need to change how they handle their nitrogen.  Increased rainfall followed by long dry spells and warm winters can lead to increased nitrogen losses if growers don’t plan accordingly and protect their nitrogen investment. Studies have shown that nitrogen losses can reach up to 40% or more if urea is applied incorrectly. The Solution   A smarter nitrogen source just makes sense for growers. ESN, is a flexible, polymer-coated urea granule that controls the release of nitrogen to crops. Release matches plant demand ...
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ResponsibleAg Central to Agricultural Retailers’ Efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 16, 2018) -- The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute testified yesterday before the House Homeland Security Committee's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee. CHS Inc.'s Environment, Health and Safety Director Pete Mutschler delivered the testimony, expressing support for a multi-year reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, which will "provide the industry with the certainty needed to make long-term facility investments and enables the Department [of Homeland Security] to efficiently run ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture's allies in the U.S. House and Senate have stepped forward. The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized two legislators who led efforts to defend the industry's freedom to operate: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas). Both were named ARA's 2017 Legislator of the Year. ARA recognized the congressmen for leading legislative relief on regulatory issues such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's illegal Process Safety Management retail exemption enforcement memo and the Department of Transportation's ...
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Sponsored content provided by Land 'O Lakes There are many things that could go wrong during a growing season, resulting in irritation on the part of a customer. You may dread having to make an in-person follow-up visit because you know you’ll get an earful.   The bottom line is, it’s better to tackle these talks sooner rather than later so that tensions can be quickly diffused. Here are some tips I’ve collected from my experiences over the years to help ensure that difficult conversations end well.   1. Let the farmer talk. For example, if a farmer is not seeing the benefits of ag technology, listen to those frustrations and then respond appropriately. ...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen Create return customers and better ROI, with the right Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) are forms of fertilizer, including nitrogen, designed to reduce nutrient losses to the environment. With fewer nutrients lost, more are available to crops. Nitrogen EEFs, unlike “traditional” forms of nitrogen, are less susceptible to nitrogen loss through leaching, runoff, volatilization or denitrification. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers currently fall into two broad groups: Inhibitors or stabilizers and slow- or controlled-release products. Urease inhibitors offer short-term ...
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Thanks to a new partnership with the American Society of Agronomy, Agricultural Retailers Association members will be able to access ASA online educational resources at a discounted rate. ARA retail members who purchase an ASA Silver Corporate Membership will have access to approximately 10 online CEUs that registered employees, or the member company, may select from the ASA online library. Agronomy Professional Education It is essentially, Corporate Membership with discounted education opportunities. The program works like this: First, an ARA member purchases a discounted ASA Silver Corporate Membership with a predetermined online education package ...
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ARA Applauds Trump Administration's Emphasis on High-Speed Internet Access President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will highlight the need to expand broadband availability to rural communities in speeches Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville. The comments will help set the stage for the administration's coming infrastructure initiative. The Trump administration's task force recently released a report on rural prosperity, which called expanding broadband essential to improving rural America. "High-speed internet access and robust wireless networks are essential to fully utilize the tools and technology of ...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration formally published the Agricultural Retailers Association's Electronic Logging Device petition/exemption request in the Federal Register in late December.  ARA's petition, submitted in October, seeks an exemption for agricultural retailers and distributors from the ELD mandate. The public comment period will be open until January 29. ARA's ELD exemption request letter included the following arguments: ELD requirement imposes undue economic cost with minimal to no safety benefits FMCSA ELD self-certification process is flawed Concerns with poor internet and cellular ...
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Sponsored content provided by Land 'O Lakes   On this exclusive episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, hosts Joel Wipperfurth, WinField United ag technology applications lead, and Kyle Reiner, WinField United master agronomy advisor, offer their thoughts on how to best approach growers in a down market and learn why “the recession starts in your head.” Listen here: http://expertiseresourcecenter.com/category/podcasts/selling-in-a-down-mark
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Sponsored content provided by FMC Starting Clean and Staying Clean Yields Results When it comes to combating weeds, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the latest seed trait technologies and recommendations. However, there are times when traditional recommendations ring true to customers. Using a two-pass approach and overlapping residuals with diverse modes of action is the best strategy for providing value to growers. “The research has been very clear that the longer weeds and crops coexist, ultimately, the greater the yield penalty will be at the end of the growing season,” said Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist. “Allowing ...
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The philosophy at the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business stresses the importance of each attendee returning to work with clear thoughts around how they can improve the performance of their business, as well as facilitate change in their sphere of influence. At the opening of the ARA Management Academy, faculty prompts the class members for their expectations, in terms of outcomes for attending the program. Participants are then provided a learning pyramid to assist their thinking through discussions during each session of the program. Participants follow a worksheet during each class, recording their ideas, as well as perspectives from ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta Resistant weeds: A growing issue for growers In the ongoing battle against resistant corn and soybean weeds, growers look to you, their retailer, for tips and management solutions to help alleviate weed resistance issues and maximize yield potential each season. Some of the most troublesome resistant weeds that have affected corn and soybeans in recent seasons are: Waterhemp: resistant to ALS inhibitors (Group 2), glyphosate (Group 9), PPO inhibitors (Group 14), HPPD inhibitors (Group 27) and photosystem II inhibitors (Group 5) Palmer amaranth: resistant to ALS inhibitors, HPPD inhibitors, glyphosate, ...
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