Agricultural Retailers Association Bestows Top Honor Upon Larry Yargus


BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2018) – Today the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) honored Larry Yargus with its highest individual honor, the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1992, Yargus acquired Layco, the company his father Lloyd Allen Yargus founded, and led the company’s transition to Yargus Manufacturing, Inc.

“ARA sincerely appreciates Larry’s involvement and Yargus Manufacturing’s longtime support of ARA,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Beyond membership, Larry and his team have been active on several ARA committees, generous supporters of our programs, and engaged in countless other activities. I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving than Larry to receive this award.”

Established in 2001, the ARA Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in 2010 after the late Jack Eberspacher, who served as ARA President and CEO from 2001 until his death in 2009. The award is designed to recognize career-spanning achievements in and contributions to the agricultural retail industry.

“Not only has Larry led his family business to major success, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but he has played a pivotal role in helping to guide ARA to be the strong organization it is today,” said Coppock. “Larry has tirelessly supported retailers both professionally and personally through ARA. He has always understood and appreciated the critical role of retailers in the supply chain and providing superior service to the American farmer.”

The award was presented during ARA’s 2018 Conference and Expo in Boca Raton, Fla., which continues through Thursday, Nov. 29.

Thursday’s program will feature remarks from U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Bill Northey. Tejas Bhatt, senior director for food safety innovations for Walmart, will close the conference with his keynote entitled, “A New Era in Food Transparency Powered by Blockchain.”

More information about the ARA Conference and Expo can be found at, or on ARA’s social media channels.