Unique Opportunity to Reach Ag Retailers

The ARA Conference & Expo provides one-on-one networking opportunities with agricultural retail company leaders and decision-makers. This annual gathering is the place to build personal relationships with the industry’s top executives.

The 2016 Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference & Expo will be held November 29 to December 1 at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. The premier event for leaders in the agricultural retail industry offers exhibitors opportunities to network and showcase your products directly to key customers. The 2016 conference devotes almost seven hours to the trade show and offers substantial sponsorship options.

Last year’s trade show featured more than 80 exhibitors and reached more than 700 attendees. The expo hall has sold out. If you are still interested in participating as an exhibitor, add your name to our waiting list.

Expo is Sold Out; Join the Waiting List

To add your name to the waitlist for exhibit space simply complete the online exhibitor contract. Payment will only be collected if space becomes available.

Trade Show Space

  • For priority placement, 2015 exhibitors have first preference in order of contract/payment received until July 22, 2016.
  • The trade show will be located in the Floridian Ballroom at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
  • Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first-served basis determined by time/date of receipt of contract and payment in full. If several contracts/payments are received on the same date priority will be given to ARA members.
  • A confirmation with booth numbers will be sent to exhibitors along with additional details in August.
  • A decorator kit from Exhibit Services with rental order forms will be sent to the primary contact for exhibitor coordination listed on the contract in August.
  • A certificate of insurance naming the Agricultural Retailers Association as additional insured with policy date through December 1, 2016, is due to the ARA exhibit management office by October 14, 2016. All exhibitors and display houses must provide this for trade show admittance.

Booth Rental

  • Each booth is 8' deep x 10' wide.
  • Features standard booth equipment of aluminum construction with draped 8’ high back wall and two draped 3’ high side dividers.
  • One identification sign.
  • Company listing in conference program if contract and payment are received by September 23, 2016.
  • One complimentary registration per booth. Additional personnel may register at the appropriate conference rate. Exhibit personnel must wear an ARA official name badge to enter expo hall and for admission to all ARA Conference & Expo events.
  • One set of pre-registered attendee labels if requested directly from the ARA office by October 1, 2016.

Registration and Hotel Information

ARA will have a room block at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando, Fla. Rooms will be available on a first come, first-served basis starting at the ARA rate of $204+ per night, depending on accommodations. 

Each exhibitor will receive one complimentary conference registration per booth space. A unique registration code will be provided by ARA to the exhibit primary contact in early fall to receive the complimentary registration. 

Please note: In prior years, exhibitors have been contacted by third-party vendors claiming to manage conference housing. This is a scam. You will be contacted directly by ARA when housing opens. 

Add Sizzle to Your Show

Conference Sponsorship — Become a conference sponsor to increase your brand exposure throughout the event. Contact Donnie Taylor (dtaylor@aradc.org) for sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Registration Packet Insert — For $1,000, ARA will insert a one-page (8.5" x 11") handout in the conference registration packets. Inserts must be printed and shipped to ARA by November 1, 2016. Contact Bryna Hautau (bryna@aradc.org) for more information.

Show Attendee Mailing — Exhibitors may request pre-addressed mailing labels for pre-registered attendees prior to the conference from the ARA office by October 1, 2016. Contact Bryna Hautau (bryna@aradc.org) for more information.

ARA Newsletter and Website — Promote your exhibit through advertising in ARA’s newsletter or website. Contact Brian Reuwee (brian@aradc.org) for more information.

Donate an Item — Donate an item to the ARA Auction benefiting ARAPAC, ARA’s political action committee. Contact David McKnight (david@aradc.org) for more information. 


Trade Show Floorplan

ARA Expo Hall 2016

Exhibit Hall Floorplan 2016

Rules and Regulations

All manufacturers and/or suppliers of products or services related to, or used by, agricultural retailers.

Payment must be received in full with signed contract to the listed ARA Exhibit Management office before space is assigned. Faxes must have credit card payment to be accepted. No phone or money orders accepted. Cancellation requests must be received in writing to the ARA Exhibit Management office by September 23, 2016, to be issued a 50-percent refund. If space is cancelled after this date, said payment will be forfeited.

Applicants for space are required to complete the contract on reverse side and submit with payment.

2015 ARA exhibitors have first preference in order of contract/payment receipt until July 22, 2016. Non-2015 exhibitors will be assigned any remaining space after July 22, 2016, based on the order of contract/payment receipt date. Confirmation of booth assignment will be emailed to primary contact listed on exhibitor contract in August. ARA reserves the right to rearrange floor plan and relocate any exhibit upon consultation with said exhibitor. Spaces cannot be assigned, sublet or otherwise disposed of without consent of ARA. Any space not claimed and occupied may be reassigned by ARA without refund of rental paid. ARA reserves the right of final booth assignments.

ARA reserves the right to approve all exhibitors and activities related thereto. Exhibits which detract from the character of show, including persons, conduct or printed matter, may be evicted by ARA without refund of rental fees or expenses. Exhibits must be arranged so as not to obstruct traffic or hide the exhibits of others. The aisles, passageways and overhead spaces remain strictly under control of ARA. Items will only be permitted in these areas by special permission of ARA. Except for special permission, exhibitors may not erect a back wall higher than 8’ or side higher than 3’. Display may NOT extend outside the 8’ x 10’ booth area. End cap booth spaces (two corner booths facing the end aisle) are 10’ deep and 16’ wide. End caps must allow for a 3’ sight line on each side of the back of the booth (maximum width of back booth is 10’ to allow a sight line for exhibitors behind end cap on each side.)

Any additions or improvements to space other than included equipment shall be at exhibitor’s expense and must comply with fire department and underwriter rules. No smoking, helium balloons or flammable materials are allowed. Compliance with local fire and state tax ordinances is required. The exhibitor agrees to abide by all agreements made between the unions, show management, the facilities and its agents.

Audio and video devices operated in an objectionable manner in the opinion of the show management may be prohibited. Booth noise may not interfere with the conversation of other exhibitors. Each exhibitor is responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses and permits to use music, photographs, or other copyrighted materials with proof of such being available upon request. All lighting within the exhibit must be operated so as not to distract from adjacent exhibits.

Installation of exhibits may begin at the time indicated on the schedule. No exhibitor shall have the right to pack and/or remove materials prior to the closing of the show unless approved by ARA. All items left in hall after dismantling hours will be disposed of or handled at the contractor’s discretion at exhibitor’s expense. The exhibitor must surrender display space in the same condition as it was when first occupied.

An exhibitor service kit will be sent by the official decorator in early fall. Exhibit personnel must wear an ARA official name badge to enter hall and for admission to all ARA Conference & Expo events. Only employees of the exhibiting company may receive complimentary exhibitor registration (business card may be requested for onsite registration). The lending or transfer of a badge or registration of nonemployee attendees will bar involvement from this and future meetings. While exhibitors must keep the exhibit open and staffed at all times during the posted expo open hours, exhibitors are encouraged to participate in the other conference activities when the expo is closed.

Functions sponsored by other organizations must have prior approval from ARA and cannot conflict with expo hours or any program meeting/activity conducted during this event. The distribution of materials by exhibitors or their agents is limited to the area rented by the exhibitor in the exhibit hall. Materials may not be delivered to hotel rooms of ARA attendees without advance permission from ARA at (202) 457-0825. Any costs of such distribution shall be the sole responsibility of the exhibitor. Persons whose firms have not rented exhibit space are prohibited from soliciting business from ARA attendees or members in any form at the convention hotel, without prior ARA authorization. The only solicitation/presentations allowed without prior ARA approval will be by registered exhibitor personnel in the contracted exhibit space or as speakers on the ARA program.

The ARA, the hotel, other sponsors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and successors shall not be liable for, and are hereby released from, all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs or expenses relating to or arising out of an injury to any personnel of exhibitor or to any other person or any loss of or damage to any property of exhibit or to any other property such injury, loss or damage is incident to, arises out of, or is any way connected with exhibitor’s participation in the ARA Annual Conference & Expo. The exhibitor shall be responsible for any such injury, loss or damage and any expenses related thereto, and the exhibitor hereby agrees to protect, indemnify, hold harmless and defend the ARA, the hotel, other sponsors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and successors against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses, including all attorney’s fees and cost of litigation, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to injury, loss or damage caused by or resulting from the sole negligence of the ARA, the hotel, other sponsors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives and successors.

A certificate of insurance must be received by October 14, 2016, to be included in the program and by move-in to be admitted. Certificates are to name the Agricultural Retailers Association as additional insured with policy date through December 1, 2016. Coverage should include comprehensive general liability of at least $1,000,000 per personal injury for each occurrence and $500,000 for property damage for each occurrence. Workmen’s Compensation should be for full compliance employees for any work done on the exhibitor’s behalf.

Your certificate must be current through the show date and name: 

Agricultural Retailers Association 
3260 Upper Bottom Rd.
St. Charles, MO 63303

Send the Certificate of Insurance to:

Email: exhibits@assoc.services or Fax: (636) 447-8060

If ARA should be prevented from conducting the ARA Annual Conference & Expo, ARA cannot permit the exhibitor to occupy this exhibit space due to circumstances beyond its control or determines not to offer the ARA Conference & Expo at its sole discretion, ARA will refund the exhibitor the amount of the rental fee paid with no further obligation or liability to the exhibitor. ARA reserves the right to change the location of the exhibition without compensation or payment of damages to exhibitors. In all circumstances, ARA shall notify the exhibitor at the earliest date possible of the change or cancellation.

Violations of any of these Rules and Regulations on the part of the exhibitor, its employees or agents shall, at the option of ARA, constitute cause for ARA to terminate this Agreement, expel the exhibitor from the expo with no reimbursement of fees paid and bar involvement from this and future ARA events.

Trade Show Hours

Located in the Floridian Ballroom directly across from the General Session (Bonnet Creek Ballroom).

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

Note: The expo hall will be closed during the Conference General Sessions.


Burmeister & Associates, Inc.
Kerri Harmon
Email: exhibits@assoc.services 
Phone: (402) 631-7497

Membership / Sponsorship Questions?

Donnie Taylor
Vice President of Membership & Corporate Relations
Agricultural Retailers Association
Email: dtaylor@aradc.org
Phone: (202) 457-0825

Important Dates

Early July
Conference registration and hotel reservations open to exhibitors

July 22 
Deadline for 2015 exhibitor priority placement

Booth confirmation sent from Burmeister & Assoc.

September 23
Cancellation deadline for 50 percent refund
Deadline for exhibitors to be in conference program

Early Fall
Complimentary registration code emailed from ARA (one per booth)
Exhibitor kit emailed from Exhibit Services 

October 14
Conference sponsorship deadline
Certificate of Insurance due to Burmeister & Assoc.

November 29-December 1
ARA Conference & Expo

Payment & Cancellation

Payment must be received in full with signed contract before space is assigned. Cancellation requests must be received in writing to the ARA Exhibit Management office by September 23, 2016, to be issued a 50 percent refund. If space is cancelled after this date, said payment will be forfeited.

Diamond Sponsors
 AGCO  Bayer CoBank

ING    Monsanto 
Platinum Sponsors
 BASF Biopesticide Industry Alliance


Simplot Grower Solutions

Gold Sponsors
 Legacy Building Solutions Valent

Yargus Manufacturing

Silver Sponsors
The Andersons  El Dorado Chemical Company

Stueve Construction

Bronze Sponsors

BMO Harris
Koch Agronomic Services
Marcus Construction