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Kellen Liebsch, economist for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, will keynote the Midwest Ag Retail Forum Thursday, July 27 in Wichita. She will address some of the department's priorities pertinent to ag retailers. Liebsch has spent her professional career dedicated to government service in the agriculture industry. She works to ensure that economic analysis and the impact of the agriculture, food, and food processing sectors are disseminated to stakeholders and the general public, as well as administers multiple federal grant programs. As a life-long Kansan, her family also owns and operates a cattle ranching operation in south-central Kansas. ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Like most industries today, ag retail is rapidly changing, with increased pressure on retailers to help growers produce more with the same resources. To meet the agricultural challenges of today and tomorrow, BASF provides an innovative portfolio of products and team of experienced professionals that help retailers to advance their operations and profitability. This Grow Smart™ approach helps to enable retailers to foster long-lasting relationships with their grower customers and help them get the most out of every acre. At BASF, we understand the importance of an innovative product portfolio. That’s why in 2016 ...
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Rx for Resistance

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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta. Growers Need Multifaceted Approach to Prevent and Manage Costly Weed Challenges Over the years, we’ve all watched herbicide resistance evolve, with the threat oftentimes being ignored. We seem to think it’s a problem that happens to someone else in another area. In reality, resistance is a biological process that doesn’t have geographic boundaries. We’ve often taken the approach that if it isn’t obviously broken, we don’t need to fix it. With herbicide resistance, taking action now is the right approach. If weed-management programs are not properly designed, herbicide resistance will soon become an issue. The ...
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Agricultural retailers and manufacturers recently offered powerful testimonials on how moving from paper-based tracking systems into electronic connectivity – through standardized transactions, barcoding and other systems – has dramatically improved their efficiency, accuracy and customer service; and they called on others to embrace eConnectivity to better streamline the supply chain. Moreover, they said their investments in electronic data transfer quickly paid off, saving their companies time and money, and boosting customer service. The presentations took place this month in Altoona, Iowa, as part of the Mid-Year Meeting for AgGateway, a non-profit ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta Crop inputs, such as fungicides, are often a winning proposition, even during a period of low commodity prices. Like all complex industries, agriculture sometimes defies logic. Saving more and investing less in crop inputs may seem to make the most sense for growers when commodity prices are low. But at the end of the season, the opposite approach may generate more revenue on farms. Take disease management for example. Once considered optional for many crops outside fruits and vegetables, fungicides—particularly the most recent technologies—can give corn, soybean and cereal growers a potential three-to-one return ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Retailers and their customers are well aware that crop protection efficacy and proper stewardship hinge on ensuring that applications reach, and stay, on the intended target. Managing pests in fields has become increasingly complex as resistance issues persist and precision-farming practices grow more important. In modern agriculture, the advent of new and advanced herbicide technologies must accompany an equal dedication to stewardship. With the push toward leading technologies like Engenia® herbicide, the most flexible and advanced dicamba for dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton, BASF developed the On Target Application ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF The one thing growers never have enough of these days is time, especially early in the season. From sunrise to sunset, it’s go-go-go, as important field work such as tilling, fertilization andplanting are done. Sometimes, weather can get in the way. As much as growers need rain tohelp their crops grow, it can also keep them out of the fields, knock back their schedule and takeaway invaluable time that can make or break their season. To help growers stay on track for success and avoid weed escapes, retailers shouldrecommend they choose a herbicide with strong residual control and a wide application window. An ...
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One Pass: No Problem

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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen One-pass fertilizer application gives growers an easy-to-see and quantifiable advantage. When growers refer to one-pass application, they’re talking about the practice of applying fertilizer and seed simultaneously in the same row during planting. This practice not only reduces field passes, but also boosts nutrient use efficiency and keeps soil compaction to a minimum. It’s that simple. Don’t forget about the time saved, workload reduced and the economic advantage of applying fertilizer directly with the seed, all in one go. Seeding during the springtime can make balancing the right amount of nitrogen ...
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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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