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

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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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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 4, 2019) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today describing the risk of unintended consequences that the disaster relief legislation will have on agribusiness and requesting him to implement legislation in a way that will not harm agricultural retailers and distributors. While ARA wholeheartedly supports the efforts of congress to pass supplemental relief to farmers across the country devastated by natural disasters, we have concerns regarding the negative impact the widespread prevented planting payments will impose on the agribusiness community. "Our members ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2019) – Today the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) testified before the Surface Transportation Board (STB) about excessive demurrage and accessorial charges against agricultural retailers and distributors.   ARA recommended that the agency allow for a more reasonable time frame (minimum 48 hours up to 96 hours) to load and unload shipments following shipping schedules created by the agricultural retailer and manufacturer as the current 24-hour time frame is too short. In addition, ARA recommended STSB require the railroads provide daily progress reports to the shipper and the receive so they know the exact location of the ...
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On May 17, the Trump administration announced that a deal was reached to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, moving one step closer to ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Mexico and Canada announced they will be lifting retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm goods as well. ARA has championed efforts to remove these tariffs and we are optimistic in the opportunity the Congress has to ratify the trade agreement in the near future. “Our policy team met with the administration last month and voiced our support for the USMCA ratification,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “ARA noted that removing tariffs ...
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Agricultural Retailers Association  (ARA) is pleased to announce its 2nd year as a supporting partner for AgriBusiness Global’s Biostimulant CommerceCon event. Biostimulant CommerceCon   will be held July 29-30, 2019, in Atlantic City, N.J. The event is uniquely designed by event organizers to focus on bridging the gap between science and commercialization in the soon-to-be $2.9 billion biostimulant sector. Attendees on site range from world-class suppliers to distributors and retailers as well as registration consultants, advisors and business strategists both in the traditional chemical and biological crop input sector. “This is the sole event in ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 6, 2019) – This week the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) recognized Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., with its 2018 Legislator of the Year award. “We are pleased to honor two very deserving Senators this year with our Legislator of the Year award,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “We are grateful for their dedication and continued support of the agriculture industry.” In the presentation of the award, Sen. Grassley was recognized for his leadership as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, securing a historic number of federal judicial confirmations during the 115 th Congress, ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2019) – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President & CEO Chris Jahn and Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President & CEO Daren Coppock today highlighted ongoing efforts by the fertilizer and ag retail industries to enhance workplace and community safety while formalizing an alliance between TFI, ARA and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The alliance will build upon the stewardship efforts associated with the ResponsibleAg program, a voluntary initiative created in 2014 by TFI and ARA to enhance health, safety and security performance at agricultural retail facilities.   ...
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WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2018) – Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army announcement of its proposed new water rule: “This proposed rule is a positive step toward regulatory certainty for America’s farmers, ranchers and ag retailers. This straightforward new language protects our nation’s clean water while allowing agricultural retailers to work with their farmer customers on the core of their business – providing food, feed, and fuel for our country and the world – and not wading through confusing and unclear ...
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WASHINGTON (Dec. 11, 2018) – Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement on the conference report on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill): “ARA is happy to see a Farm Bill move forward, however this bill represents a missed opportunity to correct some straightforward regulatory problems that would have had no budgetary impact. “We are disappointed to see language to fix the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulatory overlap once again dropped from the conference report. The association strongly supported language to fix the long-standing duplicative permitting ...
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2018) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) installed Troy Johnson of Wilbur-Ellis as chairman of the association today during the closing session of the 2018 ARA Conference and Expo in Boca Raton, Fla.  “I could not be more proud of what ARA accomplishes each year on behalf of its membership,” said Johnson. “Protecting ag retailers’ freedom to operate is what ARA is all about. Each year it seems new challenges surface, and the board and staff will continue work together to tackle each of them for the good of the industry.”  Johnson succeeds John Oster of Morral Companies in the position. Each chairman serves a one-year ...
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2018) – Today the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) honored William F. Willard, Sr. (Billy) and Bob Willard with the ARA Distinguished Service Award for their support for ARA and the agricultural retail industry. “Willard Agri-Service is the gold standard for ag retailers,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Billy and Bob are known for their engagement in the industry and their community. They have hosted countless educational programs and tours for federal agency officials, industry partners, and others at their facilities, which benefits all ag retailers. We are forever grateful for their dedication to the association ...
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2018) – Today the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) honored Larry Yargus with its highest individual honor, the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1992, Yargus acquired Layco, the company his father Lloyd Allen Yargus founded, and led the company’s transition to Yargus Manufacturing, Inc. “ARA sincerely appreciates Larry’s involvement and Yargus Manufacturing’s longtime support of ARA,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Beyond membership, Larry and his team have been active on several ARA committees, generous supporters of our programs, and engaged in countless other activities. I couldn’t think of ...
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