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

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ResponsibleAg Central to Agricultural Retailers’ Efforts WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 16, 2018) -- The Agricultural Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute testified yesterday before the House Homeland Security Committee's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee. CHS Inc.'s Environment, Health and Safety Director Pete Mutschler delivered the testimony, expressing support for a multi-year reauthorization of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, which will "provide the industry with the certainty needed to make long-term facility investments and enables the Department [of Homeland Security] to efficiently run ...
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture's allies in the U.S. House and Senate have stepped forward. The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized two legislators who led efforts to defend the industry's freedom to operate: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas). Both were named ARA's 2017 Legislator of the Year. ARA recognized the congressmen for leading legislative relief on regulatory issues such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's illegal Process Safety Management retail exemption enforcement memo and the Department of Transportation's ...
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Sponsored content provided by Land 'O Lakes There are many things that could go wrong during a growing season, resulting in irritation on the part of a customer. You may dread having to make an in-person follow-up visit because you know you’ll get an earful.   The bottom line is, it’s better to tackle these talks sooner rather than later so that tensions can be quickly diffused. Here are some tips I’ve collected from my experiences over the years to help ensure that difficult conversations end well.   1. Let the farmer talk. For example, if a farmer is not seeing the benefits of ag technology, listen to those frustrations and then respond appropriately. ...
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Sponsored content provided by ESN SmartNitrogen Create return customers and better ROI, with the right Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) are forms of fertilizer, including nitrogen, designed to reduce nutrient losses to the environment. With fewer nutrients lost, more are available to crops. Nitrogen EEFs, unlike “traditional” forms of nitrogen, are less susceptible to nitrogen loss through leaching, runoff, volatilization or denitrification. Enhanced efficiency fertilizers currently fall into two broad groups: Inhibitors or stabilizers and slow- or controlled-release products. Urease inhibitors offer short-term ...
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Thanks to a new partnership with the American Society of Agronomy, Agricultural Retailers Association members will be able to access ASA online educational resources at a discounted rate. ARA retail members who purchase an ASA Silver Corporate Membership will have access to approximately 10 online CEUs that registered employees, or the member company, may select from the ASA online library. Agronomy Professional Education It is essentially, Corporate Membership with discounted education opportunities. The program works like this: First, an ARA member purchases a discounted ASA Silver Corporate Membership with a predetermined online education package ...
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ARA Applauds Trump Administration's Emphasis on High-Speed Internet Access President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will highlight the need to expand broadband availability to rural communities in speeches Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville. The comments will help set the stage for the administration's coming infrastructure initiative. The Trump administration's task force recently released a report on rural prosperity, which called expanding broadband essential to improving rural America. "High-speed internet access and robust wireless networks are essential to fully utilize the tools and technology of ...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration formally published the Agricultural Retailers Association's Electronic Logging Device petition/exemption request in the Federal Register in late December.  ARA's petition, submitted in October, seeks an exemption for agricultural retailers and distributors from the ELD mandate. The public comment period will be open until January 29. ARA's ELD exemption request letter included the following arguments: ELD requirement imposes undue economic cost with minimal to no safety benefits FMCSA ELD self-certification process is flawed Concerns with poor internet and cellular ...
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Sponsored content provided by Land 'O Lakes   On this exclusive episode of The Deal With Yield® podcast, hosts Joel Wipperfurth, WinField United ag technology applications lead, and Kyle Reiner, WinField United master agronomy advisor, offer their thoughts on how to best approach growers in a down market and learn why “the recession starts in your head.” Listen here: http://expertiseresourcecenter.com/category/podcasts/selling-in-a-down-mark
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Sponsored content provided by FMC Starting Clean and Staying Clean Yields Results When it comes to combating weeds, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the latest seed trait technologies and recommendations. However, there are times when traditional recommendations ring true to customers. Using a two-pass approach and overlapping residuals with diverse modes of action is the best strategy for providing value to growers. “The research has been very clear that the longer weeds and crops coexist, ultimately, the greater the yield penalty will be at the end of the growing season,” said Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weed scientist. “Allowing ...
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The philosophy at the Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business stresses the importance of each attendee returning to work with clear thoughts around how they can improve the performance of their business, as well as facilitate change in their sphere of influence. At the opening of the ARA Management Academy, faculty prompts the class members for their expectations, in terms of outcomes for attending the program. Participants are then provided a learning pyramid to assist their thinking through discussions during each session of the program. Participants follow a worksheet during each class, recording their ideas, as well as perspectives from ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta Resistant weeds: A growing issue for growers In the ongoing battle against resistant corn and soybean weeds, growers look to you, their retailer, for tips and management solutions to help alleviate weed resistance issues and maximize yield potential each season. Some of the most troublesome resistant weeds that have affected corn and soybeans in recent seasons are: Waterhemp: resistant to ALS inhibitors (Group 2), glyphosate (Group 9), PPO inhibitors (Group 14), HPPD inhibitors (Group 27) and photosystem II inhibitors (Group 5) Palmer amaranth: resistant to ALS inhibitors, HPPD inhibitors, glyphosate, ...
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The Agricultural Retailers Association installed John Oster with Morral Companies in Ohio as chairman November 30 during the ARA Conference and Expo in Phoenix. As he took the gavel to lead ARA’s 26th year, he reflected on those before him. “You can’t imagine what a daunting feeling that’s going through me right now when I look out at guys like Wendell Stratton, De Willard, Dan Weber -- all the guys who are really icons in this thing we call our retail business,” Oster said. “I’m following in their footsteps and I’m a little bit humbled. I hope to be able to do half as good a job as our outgoing chairman Mr. McArdle.” Oster follows Tim McArdle, ...
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addressed attendees to conclude at the ARA Conference and Expo. His comments, made during the closing general session on Thursday, November 30, capped off a successful conference with nearly 700 attendees and tradeshow featuring more than 70 exhibitors. Sec. Perdue covered a broad range of issues including tax reform, deregulation, trade, food security, infrastructure, school lunches and the farm bill. He also met briefly with volunteer leaders, media and the Agricultural Retailers Association staff before and after his presentation. ARA broadcast his comments via Facebook Live. A high-resolution ...
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PHOENIX (November 29, 2017) – The Agricultural Retailers Association today named Asmus Farm Supply the 2017 Retailer of the Year. Based in Rake, Iowa, the operation is lead by second-generation owners Harlan and Amy Asmus. AFS specializes in crop protection, plant nutrition, seed sales and seed treatment. “Asmus farm supply started in the 1950s by my late father Harvey,” said Harlan. “Our customer relationships go deep—decades and three generations. And we also have some that are prospects for the first year, but with all our customer relationships we really view them as partnerships.” Husband and wife Harlan and Amy have grown the business from ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) -- AGCO Corporation named Wheat Growers’ Andrew Myburgh as their 2017 Operator of the Year. The award recognizes Myburgh’s skills, customer service and  community involvement as well as overall dedication to the profession. Myburgh and his RoGator 1300 have had another busy year, applying over 41,000 acres. In his ten years of service as a Wheat Growers Certified Applicator, he has applied an impressive 392,918 acres. “Andrew is an outstanding applicator and takes great pride in his work,” Wheat Growers CEO Chris Pearson says. “He takes the time to get to know the producers and their land, and he treats ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) - The Agricultural Retailers Association yesterday recognized the 40-year career of William "Tip" O'Neill with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award during the ARA Conference and Expo at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Listen to audio of Tip O'Neill's acceptance speech "ARA sincerely appreciates Tip's long-term service to the association and the industry through board and executive committee service, being a loyal and generous supporter of ARA events, and always offering us wise counsel," said Daren Coppock, ARA President and CEO. "As an early and outspoken advocate for ResponsibleAg, his focus ...
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (November 29, 2017) - Earlier today the Agricultural Retailers Association presented the Distinguished Service Award to long-time board member Steve Nielsen. "First thing I thought was there must be a mistake," Nielsen said. "I'm very humbled and I'm very honored to receive this award." Nielsen has been a critical component of ARA's public policy efforts for several years. "Leaders like Steve have battled for ARA and the ag retail industry multiple fronts," said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. "His assistance and counsel on several issues - including the Des Moines Water Works litigation - has been invaluable." The ARA ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Fall has come to an end as the air grows colder and combines have shut down for the year. Growers watched the yield monitors as they were harvesting their soybeans to see which fields did well and which will need improvements for next year. This is the time of year to plan and prepare, giving growers the chance to get their purchasing decisions finalized. As this year’s results are fresh on the minds of growers, they will be looking at the applications they made to determine whether or not they paid off. When it comes to measuring the yield response of a specific input, having a product like Priaxor ® fungicide ...
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Sponsored content provided by Syngenta One of the most crucial decisions a grower makes each season is choosing which hybrids and varieties to plant. Seed selection is about finding the right fit for each acre to maximize yield results. Keeping in mind how agronomics and genetics work together will help growers make the best decisions for their operations. As the growers you work with make their seed selections for 2018, here are a few reminders to help them narrow down their decisions: Soil/Root Types : NK ® agronomists advise growers to be mindful of matching a field’s soil type to the root type of the hybrid or variety. Different root structures ...
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Sponsored content provided by BASF Growers are always optimistic to get ahead of the challenges of the previous year. As retailers, you’re always looking for ways to help them make the right decisions to reach the full potential of their operation. Each grower may have their own definition of success, but no matter how you slice it, growers need to develop a crop management plan that has a good offense and a good defense. When it comes to crop protection, this includes recommending fungicides as not only a means of managing disease , but also as a way to improve Plant Health to defend against environmental stress throughout the growing season. For ...
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