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Advocacy Overview

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) public policy team advocates for agricultural retailers' best interests at the federal level. ARA's registered lobbyists constantly monitor agencies, regulations and legislation that could impact agribusinesses and their farmer customers.

Each year, ARA membership decides on a new set of policy issues the association will focus on with elected officials and key regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. The established set of policy issues typically drive discussions during the annual ARA Legislative Fly-In.

Policy Priorities

Legislative Fly-In

Join ARA in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. on March 4-6 for the 2024 ARA Winter Board Meeting & Legislative Fly-In. Registration is free for ARA members and all members are invited to share ideas and engage in grassroots advocacy.


More than 80 ARA members met with at least 130 Congressional offices from both sides of the aisle for last year's Fly-In event to build momentum for common-sense policy for ag retailers and the entire ag industry.


Congressional Facility Guide

To continue the momentum from the legislative fly-in visits in Washington, D.C., ARA supports its members throughout the year when they invite their elected officials to their facility. These Congressional facility visits are an opportunity to educate lawmakers about their commitment to serving American farmers while keeping their team and community safe.

ARA created the Congressional Facility Visit Guide with best practices and media samples to give you a step-by-step resource to hosting a successful visit that will pave the way for a lasting relationship with your elected officials.


Biofuel Study Key Findings

The Biofuel Study Key Findings is a summary of a research study on the economic impacts to U.S. biofuels, agriculture, and the economy from subsidized electric vehicle penetration. 


Issues At-A-Glance

ARA members leave these behind in each Congressional office they meet with as a reminder. 



ARA Fly-In

DC Help Desk

ARA members can send questions or requests for help when setting up meetings with their members of Congress directly to the DC Help Desk to receive support from ARA's team of policy experts. Many requests can be resolved within a few business days.