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

Befriend Your Community

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When you lend support through goods, services, or time, you're strengthening your community -- making it a better place to live and do business. In turn, your business reaps some benefits: You'll stand out from your competition, your product or service is showcased prominently before the public, and you'll gain visibility not enjoyed by every firm. Fortunately, most ag retailers are already doing this work. Ag retail is often the pillar of a small town, and it is important to work with media in a positive way. Effective community relations strategies allow businesses to choose the right causes and organizations to maximize community exposure and impact. ...
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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. Successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017. “Ag retailers make significant contributions to feeding the world and responsible stewardship of our natural resources,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “The organizations ARA has recognized with this award are representative of the commitment we share to farmers, the rural economy and the broader agricultural community." ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta. By Eric Tedford, Technical Fungicide Lead at Syngenta As another season takes off, growers look to you, their retailers, as trusted advisors to help increase the potential of this year’s success. As their partners, they rely on you for agronomic expertise, solutions to their problems, and products that help them get the most out of every acre. Disease and adverse weather impact yield Many growers have been constantly battling rusts, leaf spots and blights, among other potentially devastating diseases. Growers also consistently combat unpredictable weather, which serves as an added season-long challenge, often hurting ...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen When a farmer plants a crop the end-result depends on countless variables. Moisture is the leader of the pack when it comes to erratic factors affecting seed germination, crop growth, and final yield and protein results. With moisture as an unpredictable opponent, it’s important for farmers to arm themselves with the best tools out there – starting with the right nitrogen (N) fertilizer.  ESN SMART NITROGEN® helps protect the N as well as the seed.  Too much moisture can result in loss of N, while too little moisture can result in seed damage when seed placing N fertilizer. “Many areas of the prairies ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. The Coalition to Advance Precision Agriculture (CAPA) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.DiscoverPrecisionAg.org . The mission of CAPA is to facilitate communication between farm and agribusiness associations and government decision-makers about precision agriculture, innovation, tools and practices. Filled with informative resources developed by coalition members, the new website helps CAPA promote science-based policy decisions to advance a safe and sustainable food system. Members of the coalition include a range of organizations from across the agricultural community, from grower groups to agribusiness ...
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Power of Partnerships

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Syngenta sales leader: product value, training and partnerships are paramount Growers are at the center of everything we do, but we realize our resellers are the people who work with them day in and day out. To this end, we want to sharpen our agronomic focus and give our channel partners the best possible training on our products, so that they can place those products on the farm even more effectively. What are our top objectives this season? First and foremost, we want to be even more customer-focused, improving the quality of the time we spend with our reseller and grower customers. Second, we want to make sure we place the very best products on farms ...
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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, agricultures allies ...
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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 toward developing ...
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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 for more ...
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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 were developing products to address the customers 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. Weve focused on our strengths, like disease control, insect control and weed control. Weve looked at emerging markets as well like nematodes and emergent technology to prepare for the next wave of innovation. We invest over $1.3 ...
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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 harvest ...
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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 years 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 years 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 focus was to gather ...
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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 Bonnet ...
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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 ...
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