Monday, November 28

5 - 7 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

Citrus / Collier / Columbia

7 - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Reception
Sponsored by Helena

Waldorf-Astoria Golf Clubhouse

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Dinner
Sponsored by EFC Systems

Waldorf-Astoria Golf Clubhouse

Tuesday, November 29

7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-up
Floridian Ballroom

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Waldorf-Astoria Golf Club 

8 a.m.

Shotgun Start - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament


9 a.m. - Noon

Disney Animal Kingdom Backstage Safari (Registration Required)
Sponsored by FMC

Departs from Tour Lobby

3 - 4 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Sponsored by Biopesticide Industry Alliance

Bonnet Creek Ballroom - Salon XII


Keith Jones, Executive Director, BPIA
Tim Damico, Executive Vice President, Certis USA
Rick Melnick, Global Brand and Communications Manager, Valent BioSciences Corporation


4 p.m.

VIP Reception: First-time Attendees, Rising Stars, New Members and Invited Guests
Sponsored by El Dorado Chemical Company

Signature Island

4:30 - 7 p.m.

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Mosaic and WinField

Floridian Ballroom

7 p.m.

Customer Appreciation Night

Dinner on your own 

Wednesday, November 30

6:45 - 8:15 a.m. 

Breakfast in Trade Show
Sponsored by Bayer

Floridian Ballroom

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

General Session
Sponsored by CF Industries

Bonnet Creek Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Daren Coppock
President & CEO
Agricultural Retailers Association


Election Outcomes and Implications for Agribusiness

Stuart Rothenberg
Founding Editor
The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report


ARA Educational and Training Programs



Refreshment Break
Sponsored by New Leader, Aligned Ag Distributors and Marcus Construction


AGCO Operator of the Year



ARA President's Report



ARA Awards

  • Retailer of the Year

  • Distinguished Service

  • Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement


China Inc. - Plans and Implications for U.S. Agricultural Retailers

Matthew Phillips
Director, Crop Protection and Seeds


9 a.m. - Noon

Winter Park Boat Tour and Morse Museum
Spouse registration Required
Sponsored by FMC

Departs from Tour Lobby

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Sponsored by BASF and Legacy Building Solutions

Floridian Ballroom

Executive Track

Salon IX

Operations Track

Salon XII

2 - 3 p.m. 

Ag Economic Outlook

Terry Barr
Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division

Attracting and Retaining Operations Staff

Bob Broeckelman
Vice President Recruiting and Selection (Retired)
FCC Services


3 - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by American Plant Food Corporation, Koch Agronomic Services and Stueve Construction

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Stop Giving it Away!

Bryan Dodge
Speaker, Author
Dodge Development, Inc.

PSM Compliance: What You Need to Do and When

Mike Hazzan
Technical Manager

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in Tradeshow
Sponsored by Case IH, Valent and Wilbur-Ellis

Floridian Ballroom 

6:30 - 10 p.m. 

ARA Dinner & Auction benefiting ARAPAC
Sponsored by AGCO, International Raw Materials and Syngenta

Waldorf-Astoria Central Park Ballroom and Gardens 
Thursday, December 1  

7 - 8 a.m.

Sponsored by Crop Production Services and Environmental Tillage Systems

Floridian Ballroom 

8 a.m.

Exhibitor Tear Down


Executive Track

Salon IX

Operations Track

Salon XII

8 - 9 a.m.

Demystifying Social Media

Hank Campbell
American Council on Science & Health

Lean Practices to Optimize Productivity

Steve Shaffer
General Manager
Yargus Manufacturing

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Sponsored by United Suppliers and Yara


9:45 a.m. - Noon

General Session
Sponsored by CoBank

Bonnet Creek Ballroom


Environmental Respect Award
Sponsored by DuPont



Precision Impact Award
Sponsored by AgPro, Agricultural Retailers Association and SST Software



Outgoing Chairman Recognition



New Chairman Installation


You Can create Disney Magic Too

Lee Cockerell
Executive Vice President (retired)
Walt Disney World 


Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Bonnet Creek Pavillion

1:15 - 5 p.m.

Central Florida Agricultural Tour
Sponsored by AMVAC

Departs from Tour Lobby

ARA Conference & Expo Guide

ARA Conference & Expo Guide 2016

For more information on the agenda, speakers, special events and more, download the ARA Conference & Expo Guide. The Guide was sent to AgPro subscribers with the October 2016 issue.



Registration Fees

Early registration extended until Friday, October 14! Save $50 by registering now

Before Oct. 14 After Oct. 14
ARA Members $410 $460
Non-Members  $870 $920
Spouses  $100 $100

Special Event Fees

ARA Dinner & Auction $125
Disney Animal Kingdom Backstage Tour $50
Central Florida Agricultural Tour $30
Winter Park Tour and Morse Museum
Spouse Registration Required

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Greens Fees* $150
Tournament Fee** $100

* The ARA Invitational Golf Tournament Fee and ARA Dinner & Auction Ticket must be purchased separately from conference registration. Payments must be made to ARAPAC with personal funds. Payments made to ARAPAC with corporate funds will not be accepted and reservations will not be guaranteed. Please note: If you do not submit payment with your registration, you are not registered for the conference.

** Tournament Fee is optional. However, space is limited. Priority will be given to players who submit tournament fees. Only players who have submitted tournament fees will be eligible for prizes.

Registration Desk Hours

Monday, Nov. 28: 4–7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 30: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1: 7–8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Hours

Tuesday, Nov. 29

7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Exhibitor Set Up

4:30–7 p.m.: Opening Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 30

6:45–8:15 a.m.: Breakfast

12:30–2 p.m.: Lunch

5–6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Thursday, Dec. 1

7–8 a.m.: Breakfast

8 a.m.: Exhibitor Tear-down

Special offer on Walt Disney World Tickets