ARA Dinner & Auction


Cowboy Up for ARA's Old West Saloon

Grab your Stetson and cowboy boots (or come casual) to experience the excitement of an Old West Saloon at #ARA2017! Hitch up your horse, order a whiskey and saddle up to a poker table for lively table games and a raucous live auction. The ARA Dinner and Auction will be an event you don’t want to miss.

The premiere social event at the conference will offer a wide array of casino games, full bar, and tasty cuisine.

Both the silent and live auctions will be packed with enticing items such as vacation and travel packages, concert and sporting event tickets, electronics, fine wines and products donated by industry suppliers. 

Tickets are required to attend. This event is sold out.

ARA Dinner & Auction Sponsors



Live Auction Items

NASCAR Xfinity Race Package
Donated by: Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
Value $1,500

Pick one of three different NASCAR Xfinity Series racing events.

Start your bidding for a NASCAR Xfinity Series hospitality package from BRANDT, proud sponsor of the #7 Ag car with JR Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr's race team. This behind-the-scenes experience is a sure bucket-list item for any NASCAR fan!

Choose from:

  1. Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV) - March 3, 2018
  2. Texas Motor Speedway (Dallas/Fort Worth) - April 7, 2018
  3. Talladega Superspeedway - April 28, 2018.

Package includes complete hospitality package for two people: food-and-drink at the track, two-nights lodging, a meet-and-greet with our driver, Justin Allgaier, race tickets, pit-and-garage passes and seats on pit-box for at least one pit stop. All the winner has to do is get to the host city and we'll take it from there!

Weekend Escape at Mill Creek Lake and Log Cabin and Dock
Donated by: Larry Yargus
Value $2,000

Enjoy a long weekend in deluxe accommodations on a fun, active lake in Illinois for fishing, water sports, boating or just relaxing. Spend time in the hot tub, around the fire pit, or on the dock. Can accommodate up to 10 people. Mill Creek Lake is located outside Marshall, IL.

Come Fly with Us - A Day in the Life of a Falconer
Donated by: John and Kay Oster
Value $2,500

Kay Oster has been a licensed Falconer for 12 years.  She flies red-tailed hawks and lately specializes in flying the Harris’s Hawk. She and her faithful game-finding dog, John, will accompany the winning bidder and up to three guests as they experience what it is like to be a falconer.

Event:  If the winning party is coming to the area the night before the event, they will be met at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus hotel in Middlebury, Indiana, for breakfast the next morning and will travel to the raptor facility for orientation and presentation of a number of birds of prey. The orientation will include the history of falconry and a briefing on the modern-day sport. You will get to go close-up and personal with various large raptors, including both bald and golden eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons, plus others. The falconers will go into as much detail about the birds and the sport as you desire.

The party will then travel to a hunting area, where (weather permitting), you will follow the handlers as they conduct a hunt for wild game, which would include mice, voles, rabbits, squirrels, and various sundry critters that could run afoul of these magnificent birds. You will hope that skunks are not out and about that day! The number of birds released and the time spent afield will be at the handlers’ discretion, but they will make every effort to make this an unforgettable experience. Their love for their birds and their sport will help make it a “bucket list” event.

Location: Extreme northeast Indiana and extreme southern Michigan. The closest airport is South Bend; the closest city is Elkhart, Indiana; and the closest small town would be Middlebury or Shipshewana, Indiana.

When:  This hunt will take place October - December 2018, excluding holiday weekends. If the winner must fly to the event, a firm date will be set and we will hope for cooperative weather so that airline reservations can be made.

If the winner can drive, then the date can be variable, again, dependent upon the weather.

Every attempt will be made to provide the field hunting portion of this package, but the safety of the birds will be the determining factor. It is impossible to predict the weather.

Other: One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to ARAPAC. The Oster’s and their associates will receive no compensation.

Included: Breakfast, transportation to and from the hotel, orientation, briefing, the hunt itself, snacks and beverages while in the field.

Not Included: Transportation and lodging.

Time: Arrival the evening before is recommended. The hunt and all other activities would be concluded by early- to mid-afternoon, adjusted for weather conditions, if/as possible or necessary.

What to Bring: Appropriate hiking attire for the weather at hunt time, including hiking boots. Be sure to have your camera battery charged. You will take tons of photos/videos. The hunting site could include patches of briars and/or heavy/wet brush. Binoculars could come in handy but are not required. Light raingear would be advisable, as well.

Case of Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley (2013)
Donated by: Donnie Taylor
Value $720

Alpha Omega's Proprietary Red is a classic Bordeaux-style blend with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (62 percent), but also a greater presence of Cabernet Franc (23 percent) than Petit Verdot (eight percent) and Merlot (seven percent). This type of blending tends to make a wine that is denser, with more diversity in its profile. The 2013 red wines are ripe and voluptuous providing the opportunity to produce a Proprietary Red with concentrated aromas and tannins. Alpha Omega is located in legendary Rutherford, California, in the heart of the Napa Valley and is one of Napa's newest boutique wineries.

Southwestern Quilt
Donated by: Asmus Farm Supply, Inc. - Harlan and Amy Asmus
Value $2,000

Southwestern style quilt pieced by Amy Asmus out of Batik fabrics. It fits a queen-sized bed with a long drop on each side or a king-sized bed with a short drop.

FieldReveal Fall 2018 South Dakota Pheasant Hunt
Donated by: Wheat Growers – FieldReveal
Value $2,000

It’s time to get in the field! You’re invited to join us for a prime 2-day South Dakota Pheasant Hunt for two.

When: October 29 - November 16, 2018 (select any two consecutive days)

Where: Pine Shadows Daybreak Hunting Lodge (Orvis Certified). Daybreak is located in Brown County, South Dakota, about a half hour north of Aberdeen. 

Your memorable hunt will include meals and lodging at one of South Dakota’s finest hunting destinations.

Also included:

  • Opportunity to network with key FieldReveal decision-makers and owners
  • Guided tour of Wheat Growers' state-of-the-art Precision Ag Innovation Center
  • Opportunity to meet with Wheat Growers Leadership in Aberdeen
  • Offered by FieldReveal, delivering the latest in precision ag innovations.

Waterfowl Hunt at Private Lodge
Donated by: DowDuPont
Value $4,200

Where: DowDuPont would like to offer a 2-person waterfowl Hunt (Ducks/Geese) at our private hunting lodge on the Chesapeake Bay. Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Farms is a 3,300-acre facility dedicated to agriculture and wildlife management. Owned by DuPont since 1956 and formerly known as Remington Farms, Chesapeake Farms offers some of the best waterfowl hunting on the east coast. Our facilities, services and hunting are first class and this package is all-inclusive.

On-site lodging is in modern facilities that feature DuPont Sorona® carpet and Corian® countertops and showers in private guest rooms. Dining takes place in our 18th-century manor house where our staff prepares and serves savory and satisfying meals including filet mignon, duck breast with mushroom and cabernet sauce, and homemade desserts. Hunting occurs throughout the property where we access unparalleled hunting for ducks and Canada geese.

When: The waterfowl hunt is a two-day package that will take place January 18-20, 2018. This package includes guides, guns, licenses, and processing of game. The winner will be responsible for their airfare (BWI, PHL) and transportation to the lodge.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Donated by: Monsanto Company
Value $3,200

Watch the 11-time World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals, the 2014 National League Central Division Champions, from the comfort of Monsanto's corporate suite at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Seating is available for 20 guests and includes food and beverages. Must be redeemed within 2018 season.

Sportsman Package
Donated by: GVM, Inc.
Value $1,029

Package includes:

Penn 30 VSW International Reel / TD Billfisher Rod Combo

The International V reels offer the most advanced and reliable fish-fighting performance in the world, with an ergonomically designed, contoured, one-piece machined frame, and unbelievable cranking power and strength. Distinctive pure gold color separates Penn from the imposters.

This custom made Billfisher rod from Sea Striker is a stand-up rod made of glass blanks and durable EVA foregrips. They are built with AFTCO guides, triple wrapped and coated with UV resistant technology.

Limited Edition, High Country Yeti Tundra 105

Over-engineered to withstand wild hunts and still keep your game cold.

  • Holds a dressed elk
  • Keeps drinks cold for a weekend-long hunt
  • Holds 67 cans, using a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio

Chicago Bulls Game in PotashCorp's Executive Suite at the United Center
Donated by: PotashCorp
Value $5,000

The package includes 12 tickets to see the Chicago Bulls in PotashCorp's Executive Suite at the United Center, food, beverages, and parking.

Winner will be able to pick a game of their choice based on availability within the 2017-2018 season.

"Black Baldies"
Donated by: Jim Klein
Value $1,200

"Black Baldies” is a 24"x30" giclée on canvas by artist Jim Klein. The artwork is a scene from his Colorado farm studio window. Be sure to visit the J Klein Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale - 7136 E. Main Street.

A Mixed Case of Napa Valley wine from AXR Winery

Donated by: Michael Smith
Value $700

6 – AXR Cabernet Sauvignon: A mysterious and compelling expression of Napa Valley's unique terroir, lingering on dense tannins, dark fruits, and chocolate.

6 – AXR Chardonnay: A beautiful Chardonnay with an intriguing interplay of lively citrus and subtle toasted oak notes.

2018 John Deere 835M Gator Utility Vehicle

Donated by: John Deere
Value $15,075

The all-new 2018 Gator XUV 835M is a great machine for work, hunting or trail riding in comfort with up to 3 people. This unit includes 4-wheel drive, power steering, open station platform with a black roof and 54 horsepower to propel you at speeds up to 45 mph. There are many attachments to customize this vehicle to your specific needs.

Silent Auction Items

Lot #1
YETI Tundra 45

Donated by: FMC Corporation

The YETI Tundra® 45 combines versatility with durability. This premium cooler is infused with that legendary YETI toughness — a durable rotomolded construction and up to two inches of PermaFrost™ Insulation. Which is to say it's built to last and will keep your contents ice-cold even in sweltering conditions, like a triple-digit summer day in central Texas. No bowing, cracking or melting here.

Lot #2
Farm Journal's OneSource Sales App

Donated by: Farm Journal Media

The OneSource Sales App is a revolutionary sales tool designed for organizations that are looking for more data-driven sales and marketing solutions. The OneSource Sales App operates on an industry-leading mobile platform and is designed to maximize the efficiency of your sales staff by using the power of Farm Journal Media’s database and content, along with your own sales, marketing, product and educational assets.

This $20,000 auction item is a 12-month OneSource Sales App package and it includes:

  • 35 OneSource Sales App seats/licenses
  • FarmReach database license for 5,000 targeted farmers
  • Full company product portfolio
  • All sales and marketing resources
  • Quick links to commonly used online resources
  • AgWeb News, Markets, and Weather content portal
  • Lead generation form
  • Salesforce CRM integration
  • Complete training for your staff
  • Ongoing platform support from FJM

Lot #3
Case IH Fatboy Jr. Gun Safe

Donated by: Case IH

Black Case IH Fatboy Jr. Gun Safe by Liberty Safe (model CA48-BKT)

  • 60 Minute fire rating
  • 48 Long gun capacity
  • Flex interior w/shelves
  • Electronic lock
  • Factory installed door panel
  • 12 (all active) Locking Bars/Bolts
  • Made in the USA


  • External (H x W x D): 60.5 in. x 42 in. x 25 in.
  • Internal (H x W x D): 56.5 in. X 38 in. x 14.5 in.
  • Shipping weight: 760 lbs.

Lot #4A
Case Steam Engine Model – 175th Anniversary by Ertl

Donated by: Case IH

This 65 HP 1:16 scale steam engine has been produced to commemorate Case’s 175th Anniversary. The engine features die-cast tank, body, front axle, and wheels. Black chrome-plated boiler tanks and rear containment tank.

Lot #4B
Case Steam Engine Model – 175th Anniversary (Special Gold version) by Ertl

Donated by: Case IH

This 1:16 scale 65 HP steam engine has been produced to commemorate Case’s 175th Anniversary. The engine features die-cast tank, body, front axle, and wheels. Gold chrome-plated boiler tanks and rear containment tank. Only 175 gold chrome models were produced.

Lot #5
Patriotic Package

Donated by: Mid Valley Agricultural Services

This package includes a 3x5 American Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, White House golf towel, and White House drinkware.  

Lot #6
Brighton Knox Extra Large Tote

Donated by: Morral Companies, LLC

In a light-as-air featherweight quilted nylon, this EXTRA LARGE and oh-so-roomy tote is ideal for travel. An injection-molded top zipper ensures it will never snag and the bag can be folded and packed into one of its TWO included pouches! Includes a key holder too.

Lot #7
StubHub Gift Card

Donated by: American Plant Food Corporation

  • $1,000 StubHub Gift Card

Lot #8
StubHub Gift Card

Donated by: American Plant Food Corporation

  • $1,000 StubHub Gift Card

Lot #9
TaylorMade Driver

Donated by: Rufus Bastian

TaylorMade Driver M2 model with a 9.5-degree loft and a graphite shaft.

Lot #10
Brighton Roseville Watch

Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

A ropelike motif encircles this watch, giving its links a woven effect. A feminine look that is perfect for every day.

Lot #11
Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel

Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

The Hamilton satchel is renewed in a compact silhouette perfectly sized to fit just the essentials. It promises timeless sophistication in rich leather construction. The removable lock-and-key detail provides distinctive Michael Kors style while the polished top handles and adjustable shoulder strap lend easy versatility.

Lot #12
Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Polarized Sunglasses

Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

Currently one of the most iconic sunglass models in the world, Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Polarized Sunglasses were originally designed for U.S. aviators in 1937.

Lot #13
The Essential Gettysburg Package

Donated by: GVM Inc.

This package includes:

  • Two-night stay at The Gaslight Inn Bed and Breakfast ($350 value)
    Room option subject to availability, please schedule by January 2018 to ensure availability through High Season, May-September
  • Two one-day vouchers to the Gettysburg National Military Park and Visitor Center attractions which include the 20-minute film, "A New Birth of Freedom," the Cyclorama presentation and extensive artifact museum.
  • Two-hour tour of the Battlefield with a Licensed Battlefield Tour Guide
    A two-weeks notice is recommended during the high season to secure a Licensed Battlefield Guide.
  • Tour of the Shriver House Museum the home of a civilian family occupied by both the North and the South during the Battle
  • $100 gift card for dinner at the Historic Dobbin House

Additional Points of Interest:

  • Explore the Jennie Wade house; the only civilian to die during the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Explore the David Willis house; where President Abraham Lincoln finishing writing the historical Gettysburg Address
  • Enjoy a drink and a matinee at the well-preserved Gettysburg Majestic theatre

Lot #14
MN Wild VS CO Avalanche Hockey Tickets

Donated by: Wilbur-Ellis

Watch the Minnesota Wild play the Colorado Avalanche (Milan Hejduk Jersey Retirement) at the Pepsi Center - Denver, CO on Saturday, Jan 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Two tickets, LUXURY CLUB SUITE | Row: 1

Lot #15
Wine Lover's Basket

Donated by: The Andersons, Inc.

Gift basket includes Rabbit corkscrew, 3-month subscription to Wine Club (choose 3 bottles each month), and 2 bottles of wine.

Lot #16
John Deere 3000 PSI John Deere Pressure Washer

Donated by: John Deere

The PR-3000GH Premium Medium Duty Pressure Washer features a 6.5-hp, 196cc Honda OHV engine and a cart-mount design with a 3/16-in. powder-coated steel base plate and solid-steel axles.

  • Cart-mount design featuring 3/16-in. powder-coated steel base plate with solid-steel axles
  • 3,000 psi @ 2.4 gpm
  • 196cc Honda OHV engine
  • Direct-drive triplex crankshaft pump with solid ceramic pistons
  • 2-year consumer, 1-year commercial warranty

Lot #17
John Deere JDX-250 Biometric Safe

Donated by: John Deere

The JDX-250 Biometric Safe is built to the highest standards and is one of the most reliable BIOMETRIC system available.

  • Quick and secure finger swipe access
  • 15 fingerprint memory
  • Auto-open door
  • Lighted interior
  • Tamper resistant design
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Includes AC adapter
  • Key backup
  • Fits most handgun sizes
  • 5-year warranty
  • Steel construction

Exterior Dimensions

  • 7"H x 11.5"W x 12.5" L
  • Interior Dimensions:
  • 75" H x 9.75" W x 11" L
  • Weight:
  • 5 lbs.

Lot #18
John Deere Classic Skybox Tickets

Donated by: John Deere

July 9-15 2018 - Moline, IL

Skyclub sits on the 16th or 18th green and you receive admission for one day, unlimited food and beverage and a VIP parking pass. Enjoy this PGA Tour event in the comfortable air-conditioned 18th green or the elevated views on the par 3 16th green.

Lot #19
Day with Daren Coppock

Donated by: Agricultural Retailers Assoc.

Daren Coppock will be your employee for a day, traveling to your place of business to experience it from the inside. This will be a great opportunity to interact with ARA’s President & CEO. Must be redeemed within one year of purchase.

Lot #20
Roundup Power Max Mini-Bulk

Donated by: Monsanto Company

Roundup Power Max Mini-Bulk 48 x 2 x 2.5 GA

Lot #21-25
Marlyn Schiff Jewelry

Donated by: Brooke and Patty McMullin

Marlyn Schiff jewelry has been featured on various broadcast programs, including Good Morning America , and on the pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines, such as InStyle, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and Redbook, to name a few and has established a loyal following amongst recognized bloggers and fashion influencers including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Jane Seymour, Rachael Ray, Lara Spencer, Kim Kardashian and Bethenny Franke l.

Lot #26
25th Anniversary RoGator Wine Bottles

Donated by: AGCO

  • 25th-anniversary RoGator labeled wine bottles. (2) cases of (6)

Lot #27
$2,000 Travel Voucher

Donated by: AGCO

Travel certificate valued at $2,000 which can be used for airfare, hotel or any other travel related expense that can be booked through our international travel agency, Travel Inc. - Expires in 1 year.

Lot #28
$2,000 Travel Voucher

Donated by: AGCO

Travel certificate valued at $2,000 which can be used for airfare, hotel or any other travel related expense that can be booked through our international travel agency, Travel Inc. - Expires in 1 year.

Lot #29
Pendleton Whisky

Donated by: Daren Coppock

Pendleton Whisky is an oak barrel-aged whiskey distilled in Canada using the finest ingredients. Before bottling, Hood River Distillers adds glacier-fed spring water from Mt. Hood (Oregon's highest peak). Pendleton Whisky delivers an uncommonly smooth taste and rich, complex flavor.Pendleton Whisky was specifically created to celebrate the bold spirit of independence and hard-work ethic of the American cowboy and cowgirl. Each Pendleton Whisky bottle prominently features the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo's famous bucking horse symbol and Let'er Buck slogan.

Lot #30
Taster's Club - Whiskey of The Month Club

Donated by: Agrian

6-month membership to Taster's Club Whiskey of The Month Club. The winner of this item will need to send their email and address to to receive their first shipment.

Lot #31
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Donated by: EFC Systems

Shut out the world and lose yourself in your music--or let the world in. It's your choice with the first in-ear noise-canceling headphones from Bose. The QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones let you enjoy better sound every day, everywhere you go. Turn on noise-canceling to reduce surrounding distractions and focus on your music. Or, at the touch of a button, activate Aware mode to hear what's happening around you.

Lot #32
PING G400 Driver

Donated by: GROWMARK

Fast and Forgiving—that’s PING. The G400 is PING’s latest engineering feat. Introduced six months ago at the 2017 U.S. Open, the G400 is the most forgiving driver on the market. The bold turbulators and dragonfly technology create speed and distance. In addition, the high-density tungsten back weight creates greater forgiveness making this the perfect product for tour pros and high handicappers alike!

The high bidder will get to custom build their own G400; selecting loft, shaft, and grip. Start playing your best today!


Lot #33
AWAY 'The Bigger Carry-On' Suitcase

Donated by: Sackett-Waconia

The perfect carry-on sized up. Unbreakable, thoughtfully designed, and guaranteed for life. Made to fit the sizes of major U.S. airlines, ideal for those flying on big planes or with extra outfits.

  • Inside: two compartments, one designed for clothes, the other for shoes, toiletries, and other hard objects. Outside: an impenetrable shell that bends under pressure never breaks.
  • The Carry-On’s built-in battery can charge any USB device.
  • A nylon laundry bag separates clean clothes from dirty—even wet bathing suits are fair game. Buckle down the compression pad to clear up free space.

Lot #34
"Winter Shed" Original Watercolor by Kate Worman-Becker

Donated by: XSInc

Illinois based artist who focuses on realistic portraits, scenes from the prairie landscape and abstract works.

Auction Items

Live Auction Item


NASCAR Xfinity Race Package

Brandt Consolidated, Inc.

Weekend escape at Mill Creek Lake and Log Cabin and Dock

Larry Yargus

Come Fly with Us - A Day in the Life of a Falconer

John and Kay Oster

Case of Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Napa Valley (2013)

Donnie Taylor

FieldReveal Fall 2018 South Dakota Pheasant Hunt

Wheat Growers - FieldReveal

Southwestern Quilt

Asmus Farm Supply, Inc. - Harlan and Amy Asmus

2 Person Waterfowl Hunt @ Private Lodge


Suite to St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Game (20 tix) plus food and beverages

Monsanto Company

Sportsman Package

GVM, Inc.

Chicago Bulls Game in PotashCorp's Executive Suite at the United Center


"Black Baldies"

Jim Klein

A mixed case (12 bottles) of Napa Valley wine from AXR Winery

Michael Smith

2018 John Deere 835M Gator Utility Vehicle

John Deere

Silent Auction Items





YETI Tundra 45

FMC Corporation


Farm Journal's OneSource Sales App

Farm Journal Media


Case IH Fatboy Jr. Gun Safe

Case IH


Case Steam Engine Model – 175th Anniversary by Ertl

Case IH


Case Steam Engine Model – 175th Anniversary (Special Gold version) by Ertl

Case IH


Patriotic Gift Package

Mid-Valley Agricultural Services


Brighton Knox Extra Large Tote

Morral Companies, LLC


StubHub Gift Card

American Plant Food Corporation


StubHub Gift Card

American Plant Food Corporation


Taylor Made Driver

Rufus Bastian


Brighton Roseville Watch

Agricultural Retailers Assoc.


Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel

Agricultural Retailers Assoc.


Ray-Ban Aviator Classic Polarized Sunglasses

Agricultural Retailers Assoc.


The Essential Gettysburg Package

GVM Inc.


MN Wild VS CO Avalanche Hockey Tickets



Wine Lover's Basket

The Andersons, Inc.


John Deere 3000 PSI John Deere Pressure Washer

John Deere


John Deere JDX-250 Biometric Safe

John Deere


2 John Deere Classic Skybox Tickets

John Deere


Day with Daren Coppock

Agricultural Retailers Assoc.


Roundup Power Max Mini-Bulk 48X2X2.5 GA

Monsanto Company


Marlyn Schiff Jewelry

Brooke and Patty McMullin


25th Anniversary RoGator Wine Bottles



$2,000 Travel Voucher



$2,000 Travel Voucher



Pendleton Whisky

Daren Coppock


Taster's Club -  Whiskey of The Month Club



Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

EFC Systems


PING G400 Driver



AWAY 'The Bigger Carry-On' Suitcase



‘Winter Shed' Original Watercolor by Kate Worman-Becker