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ARA Distinguished Service Award

The ARA Distinguished Service Award honors an individual member of the association who has gone above and beyond the traditional responsibility to support the ag retail industry and the association – making the industry better for all. The individual chosen for this award is selected by the ARA Executive Committee. The designee may come from any of the membership categories in ARA: retail, distributor, or manufacturer of equipment, chemicals and fertilizer.

John Oster with Morral Companies as the 2020 ARA Distinguished Service Award winner

2020 ARA Distinguished Service Award Winner

ARA honored John Oster with Morral Companies with the ARA Distinguished Service Award in a video during the virtual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo. The 2020 award ceremony looked a bit differently from years past with the virtual event, but the excitement was the same. Learn more about his contributions to the ag retail industry and read more in the news release. 

News Release

Past Recipients

2019 - Tim McArdle, Brandt Co. (news release)
2018 - Billy Willard and Bob Willard, Willard Agri-Service
2017 - Steve Nielsen, United Suppliers
2016 - Jamie Southard, The Equity
2015- J. Billy Pirkle, Crop Production Services
2014 - Paul Derig, J.R. Simplot
2013 - Rod Schroeder, WinField Solutions
2012 - Ken Manning, Wilbur-Ellis Company
2011 - Dan Weber, Ceres Solutions
2010 - Kim Bohlander, Dow Agrosciences
2009 - Dave Coppess, Heartland Ag Service
2008 - Tom Warner, Crop Production Services
2007 - John Hester, Nichols Agriservice
2006 - Pete Romano, Quincy Farm Chemical
2005 - Don Pottinger, AGCO Corporation
2004 - George Thornton, Agriliance & Neil Strong, Syngenta
2003 - Allen Summers, Asmark
2002 - Jim Thrift, BASF
2001 - Ray Train, Syngenta