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ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock talks with a reporter during NAFB Washington Watch April 27, 2015.

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On Oct. 11, ARA sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding the agency's proposed changes to the Coal Combustion Residual regulations that could cause unfair financial hardship on agricultural retailers and others in the industry. ARA is concerned that these revisions could also impact the availability of gypsum used as an important fertilizer product; therefore, ARA is requesting gypsum be excluded from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and these proposed regulations when being used as a soil additive. Gypsum is typically temporarily stored at agricultural retail facilities for a 3 ...
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On Sept. 27, ARA and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) submitted comments on the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) focused on the current definition of an agricultural commodity as it relates to the hours of service (HOS). ARA and TFI members depend on truck transportation for "just in time" delivery of farm supplies and other products and services; therefore, the jointly submitted comments recommend the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) be more flexible and general when pertaining to the listing of specific products constituting farm supplies. Because of the diverse range of farm supplies ...
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WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2019)  –  With just thirty-nine legislative days remaining in 2019, the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is once again calling for congressional leadership in the House and Senate to support the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The passage of USMCA will strengthen trade relationships with our North American neighbors and serve as a huge boost to a staggering farm industry. ARA members and their customers rely on robust trade relationships with Canada and Mexico with farm exports totaling over $40 billion in 2018. “We are asking Congress to judge the agreement on its merits and its benefits for ...
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On Sept. 24, ARA submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule modernizing the H-2A visa process. In the comments, ARA supports the DOL's effort to streamline the outdated visa process and create a more flexible program because the agriculture community is dependent on a sustainable workforce now more than ever. The comments also push for the proposed rule to go further to allow all agricultural retailers to participate by broadening the definition of agriculture and expanding access to privately owned agribusinesses. Farmer cooperatives can utilize the program but privately owned agribusinesses cannot although these organizations ...
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On Sept. 11, ARA signed a joint letter with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) addressed to Chairman Paul Tonko, D-NY., and Ranking Member John Shimkus, R-Ill., of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. In the letter, ARA and TFI expressed gratitude to the committee members for holding the hearing on H.R. 3256 , the "Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2019." The letter also contained six main recommendations to consider as Congress works to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. As explained in the letter, ARA and TFI have long supported the reauthorization of CFATS as it provides ...
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Today Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock praised an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army repealing the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which vastly and unclearly expanded the definition of “Waters of the United States” beyond the limits imposed by Congress and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. “We have waited a long time for EPA to take this corrective action,” said Coppock. “Agricultural retailers and their farmer customers work together every day to ensure they’re protecting the land and our water. This rule was misguided and we are glad to ...
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WASHINGTON (Aug. 14, 2019) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) supports the proposed reform to hours of service (HOS) published today by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which will improve safety and flexibility for commercial drivers. "These reforms, including the short haul exemption expansion for CDL drivers to 150 air miles and the expansion of duty hours from 12 to 14 hours, will provide necessary flexibility for ARA members to meet the needs of their customers without adversely impacting transportation safety," ARA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Counsel Richard Gupton ...
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WASHINGTON (Aug. 9, 2019) – Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance to registrants of glyphosate to clarify labeling requirements. In its guidance, EPA said it will no longer approve product labels claiming glyphosate is known to cause cancer, stating that it is a false claim that does not meet the labeling requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). “This is a significant victory for science-based regulation,” said Agricultural Retailers Association President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Our members, their farmer customers, and the public rely on EPA’s scientific expertise to evaluate ...
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On Aug. 2, ARA co-signed group comments addressed to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on proposed biotechnology regulations. ARA and the Agriculture Stakeholder Group support genetically engineered (GE) plant breeding and regulatory oversight and the USDA's departure from its previous "event-by-event" approach to regulating known, low-risk mechanism of action, according to the submitted comments. "With the use of bioengineered seeds, our members produce safe foods, and raise healthier and more productive crops, while providing a broad array of environmental benefits to help meet long-term sustainability ...
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On July 25, ARA signed a letter from the Biostimulant Coalition, along with several other organizations, addressed to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the draft guidance for plant regulator label claims. According to the letter, plant biostimulants improve natural plant nutritional processes, which results in improved plant health, tolerance to abiotic, and other environmental stresses to increase overall growth, quality and yield. The letter breaks down comments into five categories: ongoing regulatory uncertainties, impacts on innovation, economic implications, market access for plant biostimulant products and accessibility for end users. ARA ...
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Watch ARA Director of Communications and Marketing Melisa Augusto in this video interview with CropLife Magazine Editor Eric Sfiligoj. Augusto answers questions about the issues impacting agricultural retailers inside and outside of the Beltway and explains what to expect from the 2019 ARA Conference & Expo speakers and topics on Dec. 3-5 in New Orleans. Learn more about the Expo and how both c-suite and middle management employees will benefit from attending. Watch the video interview!
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2019) - Today Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement following an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rendering a science-based decision on the crop protection product chlorpyrifos: “ARA is pleased to see EPA render a science-based decision on chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos is a very important tool for controlling insects, resulting in producing healthy and attractive produce for consumers. Our members use and apply this product safely and effectively. Despite the claims of activists, EPA did not propose a ban in 2016; in fact, EPA’s own Science ...
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ARA's Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton talked to Farm Journal's AgPro Podcast about outdated transportation and compliance regulations that are impacting agricultural retailers, distributors and manufacturers.The episode is based on a question submitted through ARA's DC Help Desk member service about U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outdated regulations requiring spare fuses on trucks. Listen now to how Gupton and the ARA policy team took action to raise awareness of this and other outdated regulations relating to transportation and compliance as well as what ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 12, 2019) – Today Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement following an announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issuing long-term approval for the insecticide sulfoxaflor: “Farmers, retailers, consumers, manufacturers and the environment all depend on science-based product registration decisions by EPA. ARA has been watching this issue for years and we are grateful to finally have a clear, long-term solution for this important tool for growers. “It is encouraging to see EPA take a hard look at the science about sulfoxaflor and its effects on ...
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ARA's Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton is quoted in this Agri-Pulse article written by Ben Nuelle on June 26 explaining ARA's reasoning for pushing prevented planting dates back. Read the full article here .
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2019) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer to associate our organization with the comments submitted by CropLife America (CLA) and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) concerning proposed Section 301 tariffs on certain products imported from the People's Republic of China. While ARA understands and supports the president's intent to call China to account for decades of broken trade promises, "our concern is that the agriculture sector is being asked to bear a disproportionate share of the burden and sacrifice one of our most important ...
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The newly-formed Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Conservationist of the Year Award will annually recognize a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional conservation results, offers outstanding customer service, and contributes to the knowledge transfer of conservation ideas within the agricultural industry. Nominations may be for independent CCAs or for a company employee and must be initiated by Aug. 8. The American Society of Agronomy will administer the award to the winning CCA who will receive: - Special recognition at an event held at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. - A one-year membership or membership renewal in the ...
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gotten the green light from the White House’s Office and Management and Budget (OMB) on a proposal to expand the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program’s Personnel Surety Program (PSP). DHS received the authorization in late May to expand the program to cover CFATS facilities in risk Tiers 3 and 4, which consists of more than 3,000 CFATS facilities in Tiers 3 and 4. Most agricultural retailers that are subject to CFATS are considered tiers 3 or 4. DHS plans to rollout this expansion to the PSP over the course of the next three years. The department is preparing a program implementation notice ...
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On June 5, ARA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposing the petition from the Environmental Working Group (EGW) and other groups requesting that the agency modify the tolerance and product labels for glyphosate used in or on oats. Because glyphosate is one of the safest, most versatile and widely used agricultural pesticides in the U.S., ARA believes that continued access to this important technology is essential. Click here  to read the full comment letter from ARA's Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton
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