ORLANDO (November 30, 2016) -- In 1949, Gar and Esther Tootelian, second-generation immigrants, scraped together their small savings and built an agricultural chemical and fertilizer business in Reedley, Calif., 30 minutes south of Fresno. The business, named Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) prospered quickly, a result of the couple's commitment to customer service, honesty, hard work, faith and family. Today, those values remain the guiding principles for GAR, which was named the 2016 Retailer of the Year by the Agricultural Retailers Association.#KarenMusson #RetaileroftheYear #PressRelease #GregMusson #GarTootelian #Monsanto
BRANDT COO Continues Tradition of Service
ORLANDO (December 5, 2016) -- Tim McArdle, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of BRANDT, was installed as the chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. McArdle has served as the General Manager of the BRANDT Retail Ag division for 15 years. McArdle received the gavel from Harold Cooper, CEO of Premier Ag Cooperative, and will serve a one-year term. Press release available in PDF and MS DOC formats. Photos available.#PressRelease #ARA2016 #TimMcArdle #HaroldCooper
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016 ) – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management Standard. The court’s action saves U.S. retailers in excess of $100 million in compliance costs.
“This administration has broadly and unjustly avoided proper procedure to construct and reinterpret myriad federal regulations without public input,” said Daren Coppock, president and chief executive officer of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). “The court’s decision in this case affirms the importance of regulatory agencies following proper notice and comment rulemaking procedure.”
ARA and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) led the legal challenge. The organizations argued that the OSH Act requires the agency to adhere to notice-and-comment procedures in promulgating its new definition of retail facility. The court found that by narrowing the scope of the exemption for retail facilities, OSHA had in effect issued a formal standard, which must be subject to notice-and-comment procedures as spelled out in the APA.#OSHA #PSM #PressRelease
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2016) -- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced yesterday that the fire leading to the April 17, 2013, explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, was a criminal act. ATF ruled out all accidental and natural causes and confirmed the fire was intentionally started.
No arrests have been made, but ATF says it has several leads and the investigation remains open. ATF is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Read the announcement
The impact of this disaster is still being felt -- within and beyond the West community -- more than three years after the incident. It's tragic someone would intentionally start a fire that would lead to such devastating consequences. We hope the criminal, or criminals, responsible for deliberately setting the fire are brought to swift and decisive justice.
The Agricultural Retailers Association and our member companies remain committed to community and employee safety through the secure and responsible handling of ammonium nitrate and other essential crop production nutrients.#WestFertilizer #labor #Security #ATF #PressRelease #CFATS
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016) - For magicians, misdirection is the key to a successful illusion. And, although fooled by the distraction, the audience responds with awe and applause. However, when it comes to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's latest trick, the Agricultural Retailers Association is not amused.#PSM #NH3 #anhydrousammonia #labor #PressRelease #ProcessSafetyManagement
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 14, 2016) – Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture’s allies in the U.S. Senate stepped forward.
The Agricultural Retailers Association recently recognized two legislators who have lead efforts to defend the industry’s freedom to operate: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.). Both were named ARA’s 2015 Legislator of the Year.#Thune #PressRelease #Cochran #WOTUS #Transportation #LegislatoroftheYear
WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2016) – Following more than two years of investigation, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its final report and safety recommendations resulting from the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company.
On April 17, 2013, this tragic event took the lives of 12 emergency responders and three individuals, and caused millions of dollars in property damage. ARA appreciates the hard work and commitment of the CSB to conduct an extensive investigation and develop a comprehensive report, which is dedicated to those who lost their lives in this disaster.
“Agricultural retailers remain committed to the safety and security of their employees and the communities where they operate,” said Daren Coppock, ARA President and CEO. “Since the accident, ARA has worked closely with the CSB and other key federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to determine the cause of the detonation and take prudent steps to prevent future accidents.”#ChemicalSafetyBoard #WestFertilizer #PressRelease
PALM DESERT, CALIF. (December 2, 2015) – The Agricultural Retailers Association today named The Andersons as its Retailer of the Year for 2015.
The award was presented to Joe Hodges, Vice President of the Southern Region Plant Nutrient Group, during the ARA Conference and Expo.
“On behalf of all the employees of The Andersons – Thank you for this special recognition,” Hodges said. “It’s extra special when you are recognized by your peers, and to be included in the same circle with prior winners; The Tremont Group, Willards and Morral Company, just to name a few, makes it that much more prestigious.” #PressRelease
PALM DESERT, CALIF. (December 2, 2015) – Consolidation has become standard operating procedure for the agricultural retail industry. And the recipient of this year’s Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award led some of the largest acquisitions in the business.
“Retail consolidation has been driven by grower consolidation,” said Richard Gearheard, former President and CEO of Agrium Retail. “There are fewer and larger growers today than when I started in this business. It stands to reason there would be fewer retailers.”
On December 2, the Agricultural Retailers Association presented Gearheard with the Eberspacher Award during the ARA Conference and Expo at the JW Marriott in Palm Desert, Calif.#PressRelease
PALM DESERT, CALIF. (December 2, 2015) – The Agricultural Retailers Association presented the Distinguished Service Award to an individual instrumental in the success of ResponsibleAg. Billy Pirkle accepted the award today during the ARA Conference & Expo.
ResponsibleAg, an industry-led initiative to improve safe handling and storage of fertilizer, launched in December 2014. The organization assists fertilizer facilities with federal regulatory compliance through education, training and certification.
“Agricultural retailers are already committed to stewardship and safety,” said Pirkle, Crop Production Services, Inc. as Senior Director of Environmental, Health and Safety and Chairman of ResponsibleAg. “But the industry didn’t have a means to communicate that dedication to the public. ResponsibleAg helps us as an industry to quantify and share our performance.”