Conference & Expo Agenda


Monday, November 27

8 - 11 a.m.

ResponsibleAg Board of Directors Meeting


5 - 7 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

McArthur 3

7 - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Reception

Aztec Patio

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Dinner
Sponsored by EFC Systems

Aztec Room

Tuesday, November 28

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

Exhibitor Set-up Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Arizona Biltmore Golf Club

8 a.m.

Shotgun Start - ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Adobe Course 

9 a.m. - Noon

Taliesin West Tour
Sponsored by Compass Minerals

Departs from Tour Lobby

2:15 - 4 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop

McArthur 1&2

Dicamba: Lessons Learned in 2017

Dr. Ford Baldwin
Practical Weed Solutions

Dr. Stanley Culpepper
University of Georgia

4 p.m.

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

Wrigley Lawn

4:30 - 7 p.m.

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Mosaic and Winfield United

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

7 p.m.

Customer Appreciation Night

Dinner on your own 

Wednesday, November 29

7 - 8:30 a.m. 

Breakfast in Trade Show
Sponsored by Bayer

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

8 - 10 a.m.

General Session

Sponsored by Willowood

McArthur Ballroom

Welcome and Opening Remarks


Consolidation in Agribusiness

Jim Collins


ARA Educational and Training Programs


10 - 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by CF Industries, New Leader and Marcus Construction


10:15 a.m. - Noon

General Session

Sponsored by Willowood

AGCO Operator of the Year

ARA President's Report



25th Anniversary Celebration
Recognition of Past Chairmen


ARA Awards

  • Retailer of the Year
  • Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • ARA Invitational Golf Tournament Awards

Global Economic and Business Trends

Peter Zeihan
Geopolitical Strategist


9 a.m. - Noon

Spouse Event: Arizona Biltmore Historical Tour
Sponsored by FMC

Departs from Hotel Lobby

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Sponsored by BASF and Legacy Building Solutions

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
1:45 - 3 p.m. 

Breakout Session


Perspectives on Dicamba
Presented by Monsanto and BASF

McArthur 1&2

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by American Plant Food Corporation


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Coming to a State Near You
Mary Hartney, Florida Fertilizer and Chemical Association
Renee Pinel, Western Plant Health Association
Katie Fast, Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Moderated by Jim Byrum, Michigan Agribusiness Association

McArthur 1&2

Keeping Yourself and Your Company Out of Legal Trouble
David Leath, Petrie Dorfmeier

McArthur 3

5 - 6:30 p.m.

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

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

6:30 - 10 p.m. 

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

Squaw Peak Terrace and Grand Ballroom

Thursday, November 30


7 - 8 a.m.

Sponsored by Environmental Tillage Systems and Crop Production Services

Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom

8:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Tear Down

8 - 9 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

A Big Pay-Off: Moving from Paper to Electronic Business Transactions
Ann Vande Lune, Key Cooperative
Randy Fry, Ceres Solutions
Moderated by Brent Kemp, AgGateway

McArthur 1&2

We Won, But... Legal Perspectives on Key Industry Issues
Ross Johnson, Faegre Baker Daniels
Del Ehrich, Faegre Baker Daniels

McArthur 3

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Aligned Ag Distributors


9:30 a.m. - Noon

General Session

Sponsored by CoBank

McArthur 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


Alternative Business Models

Steve Watts, Farrell Growth Group
Amol Deshpande, Farmers Business Network
Moderated by Dave Downey, Purdue University


Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Gold Ballroom

1:30 - 5 p.m.

Arizona AgTour
Sponsored by AMVAC

Departs from Tour Lobby

Registration Rates

Before Oct. 14 After Oct. 14
ARA Members $425 $475
Non-Members  $885 $935
Spouses  $100 $100

Special Event Fees

ARA Dinner & Auction $125
Taliesin West Tour $45
Arizona Agricultural Tour $50
Arizona Biltmore Historical Tour Included with Spouse Registration

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

Greens Fees $150

Registration Desk Hours

Monday, Nov. 27: 4–7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 29: 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 30: 7–8:30 a.m.

Trade Show Hours

Tuesday, Nov. 28

7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Exhibitor Set Up

4:30–7 p.m.: Opening Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 29

7–8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

12:30–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

5–6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Thursday, Nov. 30

7–8 a.m.: Breakfast

8:30 a.m.: Exhibitor Tear-down