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ARA Board of Directors

The ARA board of directors holds the ultimate governing authority and responsibility of the association. The board is composed of retailer representatives from five geographical regions (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains and West) and industry supplier representatives from all areas of the agricultural retail sector (crop protection and seed, fertilizer, equipment, technology, and other services).

ARA Executive Committee

Amy Asmus

Amy Asmus (Chair)

Asmus Farm Supply

Photo of Dave Spears

Dave Spears (Vice Chair)

Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association (MKC)

Brooke McMullin headshot

Brooke McMullin (Secretary-Treasurer)

International Raw Materials

Will Bentley-Georgia Agribusiness Association

Will Bentley

Georgia Agribusiness Council

Dan Bouck Headshot

Dan Bouck

Corteva Agriscience

Ryan Burke Headshot

Ryan Burke


Terry Herzig, CHS

Terry Herzig

CHS, Inc.

Ken Lehman headshot

Ken Lehmann

Case IH

Mike Twining Headshot

Mike Twining

Willard Agri-Service

Jason Weirich headshot

Jason Weirich

MFA Inc.

Karen Whitt Headshot

Karen Whitt

The Equity

Daren Coppock Headshot

Daren Coppock

Agricultural Retailers Association

ARA Region Map

Current board members listed by region & category:

Northeast (Region 1)

  • Steve Becraft, Southern States Co-op, in Richmond, Va.
  • Michael Twining, Willard Agri-Service, in Worton, Md.

Southeast (Region 2)

  • Ward Bloodworth, Helena Agri-Enterprises, in Collierville, Tenn.
  • Joey Caldwell, GreenPoint Ag, in Decatur, Ala.
  • Rob Clayton, Nutrien Ag Solutions, in Collierville, Tenn.

Midwest (Region 3)

  • Amy Asmus (Chair), Asmus Farm Supply, in Rake, Iowa
  • Blake Gates, Morral Companies, in Morral, Ohio.
  • Terry Herzig, CHS, Inc., in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
  • Keith Lawson, GROWMARK, in Bloomington, Ill.
  • Ashley Plymale, Winfield Solutions, in Shoreview, Minn.
  • Mark Stutsman, Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc., in Hills, Iowa
  • Brent Wallner, Brandt Consolidated, in Springfield, Ill.
  • Jason Weirich, MFA Inc., Columbia, Mo.
  • Doug Whicker, Co-Alliance, in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Karen Whitt, The Equity, Effingham, Ill.

Plains (Region 4)

  • Ryan Klaveano, Wilbur-Ellis, in Burnsville, Minn.
  • Daryl Molskness, Agtegra Cooperative, in Aberdeen, S.D.
  • Kevin Sagehorn, Aurora Cooperative, in Aurora, Neb.
  • Dave Spears (Vice Chair), Mid-Kansas Cooperative Association, in Moundridge, Kan.
  • Rodney Wilson, Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Inc., in Kingfisher, Okla.

West (Region 5)

  • Jeff Freeman, Marion Ag Service, in Sant Paul, Ore.
  • Clay Houchin, Buttonwillow Warehouse, in Buttonwillow, Calif.
  • Brad Locke, Valley Agronomics LLC, in Rupert, Idaho
  • Nelson McCord, J.R. Simplot Company, in Boise, Idaho
  • Ernie Roncoroni, Grow West, in Woodland, Calif.

Crop Protection and Seed

  • Dan Bouck, Corteva Agriscience, in Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Scott Hendrix, AMVAC Chemical Corporation, in Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Teresa McNeal, Syngenta, in West Heartland, Conn.
  • Mark Shillingford, BASF, in Denver, Colo.
  • Lyndon Smith, Huma Inc., in Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Joe Weis, Bayer Crop Science, in St. Louis, Mo.
  • David Wheeler, FMC Agricultural Products, in Philadelphia, Pa.


  • Molly Biedenfeld, Yara North America, in Tampa Bay, Fla.
  • Ryan Burke, MacroSource, in Savannah, Ga.
  • David Carson, Chemical Dynamics, in Plant City, Fla.
  • Toby Hlavinka, American Plant Food, in Galena Park, Texas
  • Brooke McMullin, International Raw Materials, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Bob Ness, The Mosaic Company, in Lithia, Fla.


  • Kelvin Feist, Sackett-Waconia, in Waconia, Minn.
  • Craig Jorgensen, AGCO, in Duluth, Ga.
  • Ken Lehmann, Case IH, in Racine, Wis.
  • Bradley Sponseller, John Deere Agriculture & Turf, in Olathe, Kan.

Technology and Services

  • Wes Millard, CoBank, in St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Sam Pendleton, Easy Automation, Welcome, Minn.

State Affiliate Representative

  • Will Bentley, Georgia Agribusiness Council, in Commerce, Ga.


  • Daren Coppock, ARA President and CEO, in Arlington, Va.
  • Margy Eckelkamp, Farm Journal/The Scoop, in Lenexa, Kan.
  • Corey Rosenbusch, The Fertilizer Institute, in Arlington, Va.
  • Susanne Wasson, CropLife America, in Arlington, Va.
  • Isaac Wolford, Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program, in Alderson, W.V.


  • Leroy Startz, Agribridge Capital, Inc., in Fort Worth, Texas.