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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a revised interpretation of the Process Safety Management (PSM) for highly hazardous chemicals. The PSM standard contains an exemption for retail facilities. Until today, OSHA defined retail facility as one that derived more than 50 percent of its income from direct sales of highly hazardous chemicals to the end user, otherwise known as "the 50 percent test." OSHA has rescinded all prior interpretations, including the 50 percent test, and will now interpret the retail facility exemption in accordance with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual: ...
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By Chuck Lee , head of corn, Syngenta, North America At Syngenta, we understand that resellers need a continuing supply of new technologies to manage the evolving challenges their customers face in producing profitable crops sustainably. We try to meet this need though the development of robust crop protection and seed solutions. A case in point is our Agrisure® portfolio of corn traits. We set out to create a fullyenabled proprietary trait platform that would help farmers maximize their yield and ROI. We achieved this by developing a series of high-performing crop technologies that are different and, we believe, better from our competitors....
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The Department of Homeland Security recently released important updates to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Expedited Approval Program, part of the CFATS personnel surety guidelines. Read more ... DHS EAP Guidance Document GIS, a leading provider of background screening and employee surety services and ARA partner, provided a rundown of these key points of the updates from DHS. GIS services are available at a discounted rate to ARA members. Find out more ... Highlights from EAP Guidance All facilities, in all tiers, must comply with subparts (i), (ii), and (iii) of RBPS 12 (See 6 CFR § 27.230(a)(12)) as...
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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 ARA Retailer of the Year for 2015. "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." The...
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Trying to Reach ARA

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If you tried to contact the ARA office or staff by phone or email Wednesday and were unsuccessful, we apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, the ARA office experienced technical difficulties. A piece of computer hardware failed, which disabled our email, phones and website for much of Wednesday. Daren and our information technology contractor acted quickly and diligently to replace the failed hardware, reconfigure our server and get the office back up and running. All systems are now operational. The office will re-open Thursday during normal business hours.
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Seven emerging leaders from ag retail outlets across the country converged in Washington, D.C., March 1-4, for the Agricultural Retailers Association's fourth annual Leadership at its Best. The program, sponsored by Syngenta, provides advocacy and communications training for ag retail management staff. The curiculm is designed to improve communication skills with legislators and regulatory personnel, and to help individuals better understand and interpret government actions. Upon completion of the program, participants may be called upon by ARA to represent the industry at hearings and visits to Capitol Hill. Working with professional speakers, consultants...
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By Aaron Deardorff , Syngenta digital farming manager Digital farming is a combination of digital technology assets—data collection, data storage and management, analytics, and decision modeling—that work together to unlock farming’s potential. Of course, the retail channel is no stranger to digital farming. Some of our key Syngenta retail customers have advanced their original investment in precision agriculture to include analytics, decision modeling and sales-aid tools. A recent study by Purdue University reveals that these types of investments will continue, with a heavy focus on variable-rate seeding recommendations and further automation. ...
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Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature-length documentary, FARMLAND, is now available at Walmart and Walmart.com. The availability of the documentary at retail locations across the country and online, provides another opportunity for viewers to experience the film, which offers a firsthand glimpse inside the world of farming by showcasing the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties. FARMLAND premiered in theaters across the country in spring 2014, and now, beginning March 3 rd , is available on hard disk for rent and purchase at Netflix, Amazon, select retail outlets and via On Demand platforms. “Walmart...
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The Agricultural Retailers Association joins many other agricultural organizations supporting National Ag Day, March 18. Ag Day is a time when producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States. The National Ag Day program believes that every American should: Understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced. Value...
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Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) called the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States rule deeply flawed and unworkable. “It is clear after today’s testimony from the Obama Administration and state and local leaders that we need to ditch the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule,” the statement said. “(EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy) admitted that the proposed rule is inconsistent and ambiguous.” Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a joint statement with Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, following yesterday’s joint...
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) addressed the ARA Board of Directors and members Wednesday promising to be a champion for farmers, small businesses and rural communities. Roberts was recently named chair of the Senate Agricultural Committee, a role he held in the House more than 20 years ago. Roberts said the committee would use all the resources at its disposal to pass legislation that is effective for farmers and ranchers, adding that executive branch rulemaking and regulation is over-reaching. “I think people feel ruled, not governed,” he said. “When regulators have an agenda that becomes a problem.” One of the committee’s first priorities will...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agricultural, first responder and safety organizations today signed an alliance with federal agencies to advance fertilizer safety. The Agricultural Retailers Association, The Fertilizer Institute, International Fire Fighters Association, National Volunteer Fire Council and Ammonia Safety and Training Institute joined the Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Protection Agency. “Over the last several months, we’ve partnered with OSHA and EPA on the Ammonium Nitrate Chemical Advisory, and others to get safety messages out to our members,” said ARA President...
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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The Asmark Institute announced today the ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course has received recognition from the Board of Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC). The course is designed specifically for auditors who intend to perform facility assessments under the ResponsibleAg Certification Program. BEAC’s recognition of the course is based on a comprehensive evaluation of course content, training materials, course environment and instructor qualifications. The ResponsibleAg Auditor Training Course joins other training programs recognized by BEAC such as the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care, SOCMA’s...
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With the change of the calendar, we re-focus our priorities for the coming year. We examine our sales goals and re-commit to ensuring our facilities are safe and secure for our employees and the communities we serve. ResponsibleAg would like to help you in achieving your New Year's resolution to maintain safety and security at your facility in 2015 and beyond. ResponsibleAg recently began accepting facility registrations. The organization is also training auditors. Find out more at www.ResponsibleAg.org .
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Congress Passes CFATS Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 11, 2014) -- The Agricultural Retailers Association applauds the Senate and the House for passing H.R. 4007, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014” . On October 4, 2013, the authorization for CFATS, expired leaving an absence of regulatory authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to administer or enforce the program. During this time, the CFATS program had no statutory authority to require security measures at high-risk facilities because of the program's attachment to the appropriations cycle. ARA was the first trade association to engage...
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NEW Cooperative was named the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2014. The award was presented to NEW Cooperative Director of Operations Frank Huseman on Wednesday during the ARA Annual Conference. “We’re honored, humbled and excited to be named ARA’s Retailer of the Year,” said Huseman, who accepted the award along with four of NEW Cooperative’s Regional Operations Directors. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in agriculture.” The award, sponsored by Monsanto, ARA and AgProfessional magazine, honors retailers...
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Nine new directors were named to and nine directors stepped off the Agricultural Retailers Association Board of Directors for 2015. Incoming and outgoing directors were recognized during the ARA Conference & Expo general session on December 3. Incoming Directors John Demerly, Dow Agrosciences Jim Fargo, Centennial Ag Brian Harrington, Carolina Eastern Vail Inc. Todd Hudelson, Mid Valley Ag Troy Johnson, Wilbur-Ellis Ian McGregor, The McGregor Company Brooke McMullin, International Raw Materials Gary Vogen, Yara North America Tim Witcher, Greenpoint Ag Outgoing Directors...
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ARA applauds Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Suzanne Spaulding's call to provide multi-year authorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards during this Congress. As a vital private industry stakeholder, ARA has worked closely with DHS to create a program that protects our critical infrastructure from a terrorist attack while allowing the flexibility to supply our growers in feeding the world. DHS’s current leadership has made great strides in reforming the current CFATS program, and our joint efforts deserve long-term authorization. We urge the Senate to take up CFATS legislation and get it to the President’s desk by the...
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Ohio Agribusiness Association President Chris Henney made a presentation this morning during the agricultural outreach meeting conducted by Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water. Henney discussed OABA's proactive work on water quality, dating back to a 2011 algal bloom in Lake Erie. Working with a diverse group of stakeholders in Ohio, a series of actions were put in place including mandatory certification for fertilizer applications of 50 acres or more and a voluntary 4R Retailer Certification program set up by OABA in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and other organizations. The program created audit-able criteria...
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Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced proposed regulations to the "Waters of the U.S." to clarify Clean Water Act protection for water resources. The proposal, which is open for public comment through Oct. 20, focuses on streams and wetlands that feed into navigable lakes, rivers and estuaries. How the nation should approach water quality policies was the subject of a Farm Foundation Forum at the National Press Club September 12. ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock attended the forum. Tracy Mehan, national source water protection coordinator for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry...
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