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Decision Marks Definitive Win for Fertilizer Retailers Updated Joint Statement from ARA and TFI WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016 ) – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard. The court’s action saves U.S. retailers in excess of $100 million in compliance costs. “This administration has broadly and unjustly avoided proper procedure to construct and reinterpret myriad...
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MADISON, WIS. -- The American Society of Agronomy and Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Program provide a yearly opportunity for agricultural retailers and agribusiness organizations to connect with the most elite, soon-to-be college graduates in the field of agronomy. The ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting is an event that brings together the best and brightest from all over North America. The event takes place in a new location each year and allows for different area retailers to have this access to recruitment: 2016: Phoenix, AZ November 6-9 ( Early Bird Registration Deadline: SEPTEMBER 21, 2016 ) 2017: Tampa, FL October 22-25 2018: Baltimore, MD November...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN Smart Nitrogen One of the biggest nitrogen management decisions a grower may face is whether to apply fertilizer in the fall or wait until the spring. With the right N source and the right conditions, these five benefits of fall fertilization make the decision a no-brainer: Price – fertilizer prices tend to be lower in the fall than they are in the spring, creating an economic advantage and healthier bottom line. Safeguard yourself against potentially volatile spring N pricing by applying in the fall. Spring seeding efficiency – with your nitrogen already in place from the previous...
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By Joe Byrum , Ph.D., head, soybean seed product development, Syngenta, North America Syngenta is committed to harnessing the power of science to deliver the most advanced soybean varieties to our customers. Central to our strategy has been the innovative use of data analytics to maximize genetic gain. But our innovation strategy goes beyond product development. The strategy also focuses on motivating and attracting the best minds inside and outside of agriculture to work with us in addressing the significant scientific challenges underlying genetic gain. We recognize that innovation happens everywhere, which is why we’ve...
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AEM, ARA Host Drift Reduction Field Day Rapid advancements in precision agriculture equipment give custom applicators and farmers a range of technologies to minimize spray drift. However, regulatory policy is narrowly focused on nozzles. The Agricultural Retailers Association and Association of Equipment Manufacturers recently collaborated on an event to demonstrate a wide array spray drift reduction technologies for officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. “We want to engage with and educate EPA officials on spray drift is because programs such as the (Drift Reduction Technology) registry are narrowly focused on nozzles,” said...
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Taming Our Alligators

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Guest Post by Bryan Dodge Dodge Development, Inc. We all have alligators of varying strengths, some bigger than others. Just like in the swamp, one really big alligator can affect the behavior of all the others. Alligators you say? What are you referring to here? All I have is a pet cat! I’m talking about those things in life that feed your self-esteem, the things that you can either have working for you or working against you. A bad alligator feeds fear and keeps you from taking steps to move forward, and from becoming a better person. They lead you to hide your weaknesses which in turn become bigger than your strengths. On the other hand,...
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I still remember exiting the elevator with my newly-shined shoes, freshly-ironed shirt, and the brightest tie I own falling at just the perfect length. I was dressed for success and I felt like I was unstoppable. As I turned the corner, I was greeted by the large logo behind the front desk that read, “Agricultural Retailers Association.” Excited and hopeful, I rushed to grab the handle and swing the door open. I was about to walk in, introduce myself, and blow some minds. Ready for my grand entrance, I grabbed the door and gave it a big tug – it was locked. Now, especially to the lady walking behind me, my remarkable entrance had already fallen...
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While adoption of new technologies is expected to grow, collaborative relationships on the farm will continue to define agriculture. Sponsored content brought to you by Syngenta The most successful journeys in life start with a plan. Farming is no exception. The conversations growers have with trusted resellers—mapping out what worked well the previous year and deciding which new technologies to adopt—lay the foundation for a productive season. At Syngenta , we offer resellers resources that can help enhance their recommendations to growers. Our scientists are delivering new seed, seed-treatment and crop-protection innovations to the market...
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Sponsored content provided by ING Capital Consumption of fluid milk has fallen steadily since the 1970s. In this article I examine the reasons for this decline and looks at how recent innovations, such as fairlife’s ultra-filtered milk, are breathing new life into the milk industry. It’s no secret that per capita consumption of fluid milk in the U.S. has long been in decline — not just for years, but for decades. While dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, are delivering stable growth, daily consumption of fluid milk has reduced from about 0.96 cups to about 0.61 cups since the 1970s. Portion sizes are the same, but people are drinking milk less...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN Smart Nitrogen Growers preparing for a busy cross-over season of harvest and winter wheat seeding should consider taking a load off their minds with ESN Smart Nitrogen. Ray Dowbenko, Senior Specialist – Agronomy, with Agrium Corporate, has seen firsthand the benefits of ESN on winter wheat for over a decade now. He says the controlled-released nitrogen has a unique polymer coating that safeguards N from loss by only releasing it when soil moisture and temperature hit the right mark for plant growth. “With fall applied ESN, the N is protected in the ground until spring. You don’t have to worry about lost time...
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With the increasing threat of herbicide resistance in weeds, the use of herbicides with multiple modes of action and overlapping residual activity has become critical to the success of any weed management program. As weeds have evolved and become harder to manage, many weed control programs have lost effectiveness, and multiple effective active ingredients are needed to target weeds that are resistant to common herbicide ingredients including glyphosate. Listening to concerns from growers has a direct impact on the herbicide improvements Syngenta prioritizes. We conduct every test and trial with the grower experience in mind. After hearing growers’ concerns...
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More than 30 officials from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs attended a Spray Drift Field Day hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Agricultural Retailers Association June 15. The event, held at the University of Maryland Wye Research and Education Center about an hour from Capitol Hill in Queenstown, Md., introduced regulators to various drift reduction and precision agriculture technologies from several manufacturers. The event was designed to show the EPA officials the full spectrum of capabilities of modern precision agricultural equipment. “We want to engage with and educate EPA officials...
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ARA Statement on Zika Vector Control Act: The Agricultural Retailers Association would like to thank Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and the House of Representatives for taking action today to pass H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act. This bipartisan legislation will help reduce the regulatory burden on mosquito control and free up scarce financial resources better used on public health initiatives. Pesticides have helped save millions of lives from the threat of diseases such as malaria and West Nile. The Zika virus highlights why legislation is critical: there is no vaccine for Zika so vector control and surveillance are the best tools available to prevent...
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By James Hadden , Ph.D., Technical Development Lead, Syngenta During the course of registering new products, most field research is done in small-plot settings at universities or on internal research farms. While this research is critical to understanding the products’ performance and use patterns, on-farm testing is still needed. Testing on-farm helps build a database of performance for the local market. Weed species, diseases and insect pressure vary by geography. On-farm testing allows growers to see how a product will work on the pests in their areas; it also offers growers an opportunity to compare their current practices with that of the...
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The Agricultural Retailers Association needs your help today in reaching out to members of your state's Congressional delegation to thank those that have voted YES on HR 897 last week, and request their continued support for this legislation. Last week's vote when HR 897 was considered under Suspension of the Rules. See the Results . The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debate and vote on H.R. 897, the "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015," also referred to as the "Zika Vector Control Act" later today between 4 and 6 p.m. EDT. All House votes will occur after 6 p.m. Attached is background information on the benefits of HR 897...
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ARA Sends Statement to Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016) - For magicians, misdirection is the key to a successful illusion. And, although fooled by the distraction, the audience responds with awe and applause. However, when it comes to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's latest trick, the Agricultural Retailers Association is not amused. On May 6, OSHA sent a letter to Congress and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia indicating the agency is "considering" initiating rulemaking to apply the Process Safety Management standard to farm supply retailers. Moreover, until the rule is complete, OSHA said it will enforce...
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Earlier today the House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act , under Suspension of the Rules by a vote of 262 Yeas and 159 Nays. A two-thirds vote is required to pass any legislation under Suspension of the Rules. ARA issued the following statement in support of the bill: “We would like to thank Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) for his leadership and continuous efforts to address an important regulatory burden that directly compromises public health missions to combat Zika, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne viruses impacting communities. H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act would save state and local governments a...
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The Power of Choice

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As one of the earliest ways to make a living, farming is also one of the most transformational. Almost 12,000 years ago, the advent of agriculture created a more reliable food supply and ignited the flames of innovation from which civilizations grew. Today, those flames are still illuminating the path to a brighter tomorrow. But to keep moving forward, the American farmer needs choice in the marketplace—and so do you. The proposed acquisition of Syngenta by ChemChina, if approved later this year, will allow you and your customers to continue benefitting from multiple choices and competition in a market where consolidation is considerable. Equally important,...
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With a dozen expansion projects in various stages of development and construction, producers of nitrogen fertilizers in the U.S. are set to embark on a major effort to regain domestic market share. Based on a recent analysis conducted by the Knowledge Exchange Division of CoBank, one of the nation’s largest agribusiness lenders, some 6 million tons of new ammonia capacity should come online over the next three years, driving the domestic producers’ market share to a level not seen in more than 20 years. Domestic Production: Primed For Expansion Throughout the 1970s, U.S. producers were responsible for 85 percent of the domestic nitrogen fertilizer...
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Farming is a risky business filled with uncertainties. Unpredictable variables such as weather, yields, crop disease, commodity prices, government policies, land management and equipment leave growers vulnerable to a lot of unknowns each season. “The uncertainties that surround farming make it one of the riskiest, rapidly changing professions in the world,” said Scott Kay, Vice President, U.S. Crop, BASF. With today’s volatile market, farmers are more concerned than ever before about managing risk and increasing efficiency in their operations. And farmers should not have to shoulder that risk on their own. To better understand the challenges growers...
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