Monday, November 26

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Sponsored by EFC Systems

Estate III
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Board of Directors Reception and Dinner
Reception sponsored by United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI)
Dinner sponsored by EFC Systems

Tuesday, November 27

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament*
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Golf Clubhouse

9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Everglades Airboat Tour*

Upon arrival at Sawgrass Recreation Park, attendees will be greeted by a naturalist who will lead them on an experience of one of the natural wonders of the world, Florida’s mysterious and beautiful subtropical wilderness known as the Everglades. During the Everglades tour, the naturalist will take attendees on an exhilarating airboat ride through the “river of grass.” These boats skim over the shallow waters and grassy vegetation, stopping periodically to allow the naturalist to point out birds, plant life and possibly an alligator!

Attendees will also enjoy the animal exhibits where there’ll have the opportunity to hold a baby gator and interact and feed many of the animals at the Swamp Yard Island exhibit. Animals include pot belly pigs, Peking ducks, and other neat creatures. The adventure will also include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit.  

Advanced registration required. 

Sponsored by IAP - Integrated Agribusiness Professionals

Royal Palm Pre-assembly

3 - 4 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Trade, Tariffs, and Their Impact on American Agriculture
Speaker: Ambassador Darci Vetter, Edelman General Manager, Public Affairs & Vice Chair, Agriculture Food and Trade

Addison Ballroom

4 - 5 p.m.

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

Spanish Terrace

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, alliantgroup, and WinField United

Grand Ballroom

7 p.m.

Customer Appreciation Night

Dinner on your own 

Wednesday, November 28

7 - 8:15 a.m. 

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Bayer

Grand Ballroom

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

General Session
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Challenges, Changes and Choices, Chuck Magro, Nutrien
ARA Educational and Training Programs
Recognition of Board of Directors

Royal Palm Ballroom

9 - 11:00 a.m.

Spouse Program: Resort Tour

A member of the Boca Raton Historical Society will discuss the history of the “Cloister Inn,” the original name of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, from construction and opening on February 6, 1926 to the present time. This fascinating tour will include a walk through the Cloister Building and a discussion of the many artifacts found throughout the property.

Advanced registration required. Complimentary for registered spouses.

Sponsored by Compass Minerals Plant Nutrition and Legacy Building Solutions

Royal Palm Pre-assembly

10 - 10:15 a.m.

Sponsored by Asmus Farm Supply, Inc., Marcus Construction, and CF Industries

Royal Palm Pre-assembly
10:15 - 12:00 p.m. General Session
AGCO Operator of the Year Award
ARA President's Report
Retailer of the Year Award
Distinguished Service Award
Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award
Awesomely Simple, John Spence, author
ARA Invitational Golf Tournament Awards
Royal Palm Ballroom

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by BASF

Grand Ballroom
1:45 - 3 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Shift Happens - How Congress, the Administration, and Courts Impact the Ag Retail Industry
ARA Policy Team
Precision Programs: Creating Value, Building Profits
Moderated by Paul Schrimpf, Meister Media Worldwide

Estate Ballroom  
Addison Ballroom

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored by EFC Systems and Koch Agronomic Services

Royal Palm Pre-assembly

3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Soft Opening

Grand Ballroom

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Bonus Session
John Spence, author


5 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Case IH, Valent, and Wilbur-Ellis

Grand Ballroom

6:30 - 10 p.m. 

ARA Dinner & Auction*
Sponsored by AGCO, Syngenta, and NK

Royal Palm Ballroom
Thursday, November 29  

6:45 - 7:45 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions and American Plant Food Corporation

Grand Ballroom

8 - 9 a.m.

Mega Value for Mega Growers
Dr. W. Scott Downey, Purdue University
Sponsored by Software Solutions Integrated LLC

Addison Ballroom

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Yara North America, Inc. and Aligned Ag Distributors

 Royal Palm Pre-assembly

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Closing General Session
Opening Remarks
Environmental Respect Award
Rising Star Recognition
Precision Impact Award
Outgoing Chairman Recognition, New Chairman Installation
A New Era in Food Transparency Powered by Blockchain, Tejas Bhatt, Walmart
USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Bill Northey
Closing Remarks

Sponsored by CoBank

Royal Palm Ballroom

Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Grand Lawn

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Launch of Sustainability Programming for Agricultural Retailers and CCAs (SPARC) initiative

Addison Ballroom

1:00 - 5 p.m.

UF Everglades Research & Education Center Tour*

The Everglades Research & Education Center (EREC) near Belle Glade, FL is an agricultural and environmental research and education unit of the University of Florida's, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The mission of the Everglades Research and Education Center is to conduct research and extension programs in southern Florida that will explore and promote profitable and sustainable agricultural systems.

Belle Glade has very unique soil for Florida, crops include fruits, vegetables, and sugar cane.  The tour would include the research center and fields.

Sponsored by AMVAC

Advanced registration required. In partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Royal Palm Pre-assembly

*Ticketed event. See registration page for details.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Located in the Grand Ballroom directly across from the General Session (Royal Palm Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 27

7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.: Exhibitor Set Up

4:30–6:30 p.m.: Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 28

7:00–8:15 a.m.: Breakfast

12:00–1:30 p.m.: Lunch

3:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Soft Opening

5–6:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

Thursday, November 29

6:45–7:45 a.m.: Breakfast

8 a.m.: Exhibitor Tear-down

ARA Conference & Expo Guide

ARA Conference & Expo Guide 2018

For more information on the agenda, speakers, special events and more, download the ARA Conference & Expo Guide. The Guide was sent to AgPro subscribers with the October 2018 issue.



Registration Desk Hours

Monday, November 26
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 27
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28
7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 29
7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration Fees

Early bird registration ends October 15! Save $50 and register today.

Before Oct. 15 After Oct. 15
ARA Members $425 $475
Non-Members  $885 $935
Spouses  $100 $100

Special Event Fees

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament $250
Boca Raton Resort Historical Tour $40
Everglades Airboat Tour  $60
UF Everglades Research & Education Center Tour  $50
ARA Dinner & Auction* $135
*Tickets for the ARA Annual Dinner & Auction must be paid separately from conference registration. Payments must be made to ARAPAC with personal funds. Payments made to ARAPAC with corporate funds cannot be legally accepted and reservations will not be guaranteed. Click here for more information.