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Highlights from the 2021 ARA Conference & Expo

Dec 16 2021

See the highlights from the 2021 ARA Conference & Expo, held Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 in San Antonio, Texas! More than 600 ag retail industry professionals gathered to "Saddle Up For Success" after nearly two years without meeting face-to-face for the annual conference.


Watch recordings from the keynote speakers, industry panelists and ARA's President & CEO Daren Coppock who shares the current state of the association. Recordings are available for ARA members and can be found by logging in to the ARA Member Dashboard. See specific instructions to access recordings:

  • Log in to the ARA Member Dashboard. (Email for login support)
  • Once logged in, click on the green MEMBER HOME button in the top right corner of the ARA website.
  • Scroll down to the Past Conferences Summary section and click to expand the green bar for 2021 ARA Conference & Expo.
  • Click the "Learn More" link within each section within to view individual recordings. 



View and download photos from the annual event. Share photos on your social networks with the official event hashtag #agretailers21 and be sure to tag ARA on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram if you do!

Policy Panel 2021 Conference
Industry Panel 2021 Confernece



The annual ARA Conference made headlines as award winners were named and industry insights were shared. Click below to read more and listen to interviews from ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock as well as industry partners.


This year's speakers brought their diverse experiences in ag retail to the ARA Conference keynote messages, breakout sessions, and industry panels. Speakers brought unique insights related to cybersecurity needs, sustainability services, ag retail's role in carbon markets, farmer behavior, industry practices post-pandemic, and what's next from Congress and the Biden administration. 

MFA Keynotes
Policy Panel 2021

Award Winners

The annual conference is an opportunity to recognize our industry's best. Congratulations to this year's award winners!

ARA Retailer of the Year

Valley Ag was named 2021 ARA Retailer of the Year for its commitment to cutting-edge technology and customer service. Learn more about what it takes to be Retailer of the Year in the video and news release below. Thank you to our award sponsor Bayer Crop Science and for the support from The Scoop magazine.


ARA Lifetime Achievement Award

Alex McGregor received ARA's top honor, the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award, for his legacy leadership of The McGregor Company. Read more about his steadfast contributions to ARA initiatives over the years as well as his fundamental role in advancing ag retail.

JELA-McGregor 2021

ARA Distinguished Service Award

Anne Yargus Sheehy and Meg Yargus were honored with the ARA Distinguished Service Award for their enthusiastic support of the ARA Dinner & Auction benefiting the ARAPAC.

Distinguished Service - 2021

ARA Rising Stars

The 2021 ARA Rising Stars were recognized for their dedicated work as our industry's emerging leaders. Sponsored by Atticus, the program serves both as an opportunity for member companies to reward and develop its top performers as well as an opportunity for ARA to introduce its work to our future leaders. Learn more about the Rising Stars program and click to watch videos they submitted to learn what leadership in ag means to them.




2021 ARA Rising Stars







Thank you, Sponsors & Exhibitors

The premier event in ag retail would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors and exhibitors! If you would like to learn more about upcoming sponsoring or exhibiting opportunities, email Donnie Taylor at