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GET INVOLVED IN ARA ACTIVITIES

Join a committee, work group or task force.

ARA member representatives are all encouraged to get involved with ARA activities by joining one of the committees, work groups or task forces. 

ARA committees:

  • ARAPAC committee: The Audit Committee selects the firm that conducts the annual audit of ARA’s financial statements, reviews the audit with the firm when complete, and presents the results to the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee usually meets at the winter board meeting with the auditor, and may also meet at the fall meeting or by conference call as needed. Contact richard@aradc.org for more information.
  • Audit committee (board members only): The Audit Committee selects the firm that conducts the annual audit of ARA’s financial statements, reviews the audit with the firm when complete, and presents the results to the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee usually meets at the winter board meeting with the auditor, and may also meet at the fall meeting or by conference call as needed. Contact dcoppock@aradc.org for more information.
  • Conference planning committee: The Conference Planning Committee is responsible for making sure that the annual ARA Conference is a “must-attend” meeting for retailers and suppliers. The Committee plans the annual conference, with particular emphasis on content, structure and site selection. The Committee holds meetings at the winter and fall ARA board meetings and also conducts an on-site planning meeting in late January or early February at the site of the next year’s conference. Contact bryna@aradc.org for more information.
  • Investment policy committee (board members only): The Investment Policy Committee supervises the investment of ARA financial reserves and sets parameters for those investments. The Committee usually meets at the winter board meeting with the investment advisor, and may also meet at the fall meeting or by conference call as needed. Contact dcoppock@aradc.org for more information. 
  • Member services committee: The Member Services Committee oversees ARA’s membership recruitment and retention efforts and the services and products offered to ARA members. This Committee meets at the winter and fall board meetings, and may hold other meetings or conference calls as necessary. Contact dtaylor@aradc.org for more information.
  • Nominating committee (board members only): The Nominating Committee is responsible for recruiting ARA board members on an annual basis and presenting that slate of nominees to the Board for approval. The Nominating Committee also presents a slate of nominations for Officers and members of the Executive Committee. The Committee offers its recommendations at the Fall Board meeting; new directors and officers are seated at the annual conference and take office on January 1. Contact dcoppock@aradc.org for more information. 
  • Public policy committee: The Public Policy Committee is responsible for developing and proposing to the Board the public policy positions of the Association and for evaluating ARA’s progress in achieving those policy goals. This Committee meets at the winter and fall board meetings, and may hold other meetings or conference calls as necessary. Contact richard@aradc.org for more information. 
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ARA work groups and task forces:

  • Environmental stewardship working group: An adjunct of the Public Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA on efforts related to biotechnology, seeds environmental, stewardship, and conservation efforts with regards to pesticide, nutrient and precision technology use under FIFRA, the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, and NRCS programs. Contact richard@aradc.org for more information. 
  • Farm Bill working group: An adjunct of the Public Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA’s efforts on the Farm Bill, including conservation programs and crop insurance provisions. Contact hunter@aradc.org for more information. 
  • Labor working group: An adjunct of the Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA’s effort on the agricultural workforce, immigration and health related issues primarily related to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Contact richard@aradc.org for more information. 
  • Security working group: An adjunct of the Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA’s effort on security related issues, primarily related to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. This group would also review for new or existing security programs / technologies that would help retailers address security related issues at their facilities. Contact richard@aradc.org for more information.
  • Sustainability and conservation agriculture working group: Advises ARA on the establishment of voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) for retailers to utilize in the application of crop input materials (both fertilizer and pesticides) to ensure sustainable and productive agricultural land. Contact hunter@aradc.org for more information.
  • Tax/Trade/Finance working group: An adjunct of the Public Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA’s efforts on financial issues, including the Estate Tax, 2001 & 2003 tax cuts, pension reform, etc. Contact hunter@aradc.org for more information.
  • Transportation working group: An adjunct of the Public Policy Committee, this group advises and informs ARA’s efforts on transportation issues, including the Hours of Service waiver/exemption, HAZMAT transportation, nurse tank regulations, credentialing, etc. Contact richard@aradc.org for more information.

Join an ARA committee today!