Become a Member DC Helpdesk Member Sign In
Retailer of the Year Award

ARA Retailer of the Year

Industry-wide recognition in stewardship, leadership & customer engagement

Each year, the ARA Retailer of the Year Award honors an agricultural retailer for going above and beyond in environmental stewardship, community leadership, customer engagement and employee relations. The Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and The Scoop, is awarded to an ARA member company or individual.

ARA Retailer of the Year

ARA honored Mid Kansas Cooperative (MKC) with its Retailer of the Year award in front of more than 620 attendees during the 2023 ARA Conference & Expo.

“We're very proud to be named ARA's Ag Retailer of the Year,” says MKC President and CEO Brad Stedman.

“We want to share this distinction with our member-owners and employees; they're the ones who made this possible. Especially our employees, they create the customer experience. This award is a recognition of MKC's commitment to being an organization that moves the mark in our geography and will continue to serve the needs of farmers in the future.”

Watch the video to learn more about what it takes to be named Retailer of the Year.



Why Participate?

In addition to being recognized as a pioneering company in ag retail, the winner receives:

  • A professionally produced video featuring your key team members at a facility to showcase your company's pioneering efforts;
  • Two complimentary registrations for the ARA Conference
  • Travel arrangements to the ARA Conference including two round-trip flights and two nights of accommodations;
  • An award presentation on stage at the ARA Conference to be celebrated by hundreds of industry professionals;
  • A VIP dinner invitation with Bayer Crop Science representatives and ARA officers;
  • A two-page article featuring the winning retail facility in the January issue of The Scoop magazine; and
  • A prestigious award to display proudly at your retail facility.

Learn what it took for past Retailer of the Year winners to achieve this top honor by watching this video collection featuring some of the biggest names in ag retail!

How to Apply

Application tips:

  • Include photos and captions
  • Show how your organization accomplishes each criterion (preferably using photos with descriptions)
  • Be brief, but complete
  • Reference the sample application

Nominations open late spring!

Individuals may nominate an ARA member retailer or ARA member retailers may apply directly by the deadline. View the application form to see the full criteria.





Past Recipients