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

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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-market
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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 their ...
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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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The Agricultural Retailers Association installed John Oster with Morral Companies in Ohio as chairman November 30 during the ARA Conference and Expo in Phoenix. As he took the gavel to lead ARA’s 26th year, he reflected on those before him. “You can’t imagine what a daunting feeling that’s going through me right now when I look out at guys like Wendell Stratton, De Willard, Dan Weber -- all the guys who are really icons in this thing we call our retail business,” Oster said. “I’m following in their footsteps and I’m a little bit humbled. I hope to be able to do half as good a job as our outgoing chairman Mr. McArdle.” Oster follows Tim McArdle, Executive ...
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed attendees to conclude at the ARA Conference and Expo. His comments, made during the closing general session on Thursday, November 30, capped off a successful conference with nearly 700 attendees and tradeshow featuring more than 70 exhibitors. Sec. Perdue covered a broad range of issues including tax reform, deregulation, trade, food security, infrastructure, school lunches and the farm bill. He also met briefly with volunteer leaders, media and the Agricultural Retailers Association staff before and after his presentation. ARA broadcast his comments via Facebook Live. A high-resolution video of ...
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PHOENIX (November 29, 2017) – The Agricultural Retailers Association today named Asmus Farm Supply the 2017 Retailer of the Year. Based in Rake, Iowa, the operation is lead by second-generation owners Harlan and Amy Asmus. AFS specializes in crop protection, plant nutrition, seed sales and seed treatment. “Asmus farm supply started in the 1950s by my late father Harvey,” said Harlan. “Our customer relationships go deep—decades and three generations. And we also have some that are prospects for the first year, but with all our customer relationships we really view them as partnerships.” Husband and wife Harlan and Amy have grown the business from one ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) -- AGCO Corporation named Wheat Growers’ Andrew Myburgh as their 2017 Operator of the Year. The award recognizes Myburgh’s skills, customer service and  community involvement as well as overall dedication to the profession. Myburgh and his RoGator 1300 have had another busy year, applying over 41,000 acres. In his ten years of service as a Wheat Growers Certified Applicator, he has applied an impressive 392,918 acres. “Andrew is an outstanding applicator and takes great pride in his work,” Wheat Growers CEO Chris Pearson says. “He takes the time to get to know the producers and their land, and he treats it like ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) - The Agricultural Retailers Association yesterday recognized the 40-year career of William "Tip" O'Neill with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award during the ARA Conference and Expo at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Listen to audio of Tip O'Neill's acceptance speech "ARA sincerely appreciates Tip's long-term service to the association and the industry through board and executive committee service, being a loyal and generous supporter of ARA events, and always offering us wise counsel," said Daren Coppock, ARA President and CEO. "As an early and outspoken advocate for ResponsibleAg, his focus has been ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) - Earlier today the Agricultural Retailers Association presented the Distinguished Service Award to long-time board member Steve Nielsen. "First thing I thought was there must be a mistake," Nielsen said. "I'm very humbled and I'm very honored to receive this award." Nielsen has been a critical component of ARA's public policy efforts for several years. "Leaders like Steve have battled for ARA and the ag retail industry multiple fronts," said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. "His assistance and counsel on several issues - including the Des Moines Water Works litigation - has been invaluable." The ARA Distinguished ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Fall has come to an end as the air grows colder and combines have shut down for the year. Growers watched the yield monitors as they were harvesting their soybeans to see which fields did well and which will need improvements for next year. This is the time of year to plan and prepare, giving growers the chance to get their purchasing decisions finalized. As this year’s results are fresh on the minds of growers, they will be looking at the applications they made to determine whether or not they paid off. When it comes to measuring the yield response of a specific input, having a product like Priaxor ® fungicide that ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta One of the most crucial decisions a grower makes each season is choosing which hybrids and varieties to plant. Seed selection is about finding the right fit for each acre to maximize yield results. Keeping in mind how agronomics and genetics work together will help growers make the best decisions for their operations. As the growers you work with make their seed selections for 2018, here are a few reminders to help them narrow down their decisions: Soil/Root Types : NK ® agronomists advise growers to be mindful of matching a field’s soil type to the root type of the hybrid or variety. Different root structures ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Growers are always optimistic to get ahead of the challenges of the previous year. As retailers, you’re always looking for ways to help them make the right decisions to reach the full potential of their operation. Each grower may have their own definition of success, but no matter how you slice it, growers need to develop a crop management plan that has a good offense and a good defense. When it comes to crop protection, this includes recommending fungicides as not only a means of managing disease , but also as a way to improve Plant Health to defend against environmental stress throughout the growing season. For ...
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The Agricultural Retailers Association just confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will speak at the ARA Conference and Expo, November 28-30, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. He will address conference attendees during the general session on Thursday, November 30. “We’re very excited to host Secretary Perdue at the conference,” said Daren Coppock, President and CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association. “As an industry deeply impacted by federal regulation, it’s encouraging to have a Secretary of Agriculture who really understands the contribution ag retailers make to American farming and rural communities.  He’s also assembling an ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta With harvest mostly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to emphasize the importance of fall soil sampling and field-specific variety selection for next year. Looking back on the 2017 season can help make stronger decisions for developing management programs. One challenge that many growers faced in 2017 is soybean cyst nematode (SCN), the No. 1 source of yield loss in soybeans in the United States. Advising growers to take soil samples can provide them with useful information when planning for next season. Soil sampling can help growers identify the presence of disease and evaluate phosphorus, potassium and pH levels ...
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Sponsored content provided by ING America's bountiful crops feed the world, but low commodity prices and increased production costs are taking a toll on agricultural producers’ margins. ‘Farming smarter,’  by taking advantage of technological advances, could hold the key to the industry’s future sustainability The United States is known for its industrial innovations in auto manufacturing, aerospace and the IT sectors, but its crop production continues to earn it a reputation globally as the world’s food basket. Between 2009 and 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates that US agricultural exports topped US$1 trillion, making ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Harvest is in full swing, as farmers are working hard to get the crop out in time, and you’re working hard to help them prepare for next year. Over the past several years, the task of managing herbicide-resistant weeds has intensified. Weeds have grown bigger, faster and stronger, with glyphosate-resistant weeds identified on more than two-thirds of U.S. crop fields. Controlling these weeds starts with learning about the latest chemistries and best practices for applying crop protection products. It only gets better when farmers have a trusted advisor who takes their calls and is available to visit their farms. ...
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