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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 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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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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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2018) – Today the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) named Simplot Grower Solutions its 2018 Retailer of the Year. The award is sponsored by Bayer and AgPro Magazine and is recognized as a symbol of quality and prestige within the industry. This coveted award honors an ag retailer, large or small, that represents the best of the best. Simplot Grower Solutions, the retail arm of the J.R. Simplot company, was started in 1945 as Simplot Soil Builders and has grown over the last 70-plus years into one of North America’s premier ag retailers. “Simplot Grower Solutions truly represents the finest in the ag retail business,” ...
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Nov. 27, 2018) – Today, the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) opened its 2018 Conference and Expo in Boca Raton, Fla. The annual three-day event continues through Thursday, Nov. 29, bringing together nearly 600 agricultural retail leaders, suppliers, and industry partners. “The ARA Conference and Expo is the premier event for ag retailers,” said ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock. “Each year we come together to honor the industry’s best. We hear from engaging speakers who highlight industry trends, and we explore the issues that ag retailers and their farmer customers will face in the coming year.” The conference kicked off with ...
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Online registration for the 2018 ARA Conference and Expo ends at midnight on November 11, 2018 . Save time on site and secure your spot at special events with limited tickets by registering online today!   Just announced! The pre-conference workshop entitled, “Trade, Tariffs, and Their Impact on American Agriculture,” will be presented by  Ambassador Darci Vetter . Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vetter will provide an insider’s look at the current state of affairs. Be sure to mark your calendar for this great session on Tuesday afternoon. Another ...
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WASHINGTON - A new study found that 89 percent of agricultural retailers have offered cover crop products and services in the past two years, and 94 percent say they want to expand these offerings in the future. Despite this willingness, however, the industry faces barriers to making cover crops a prominent business segment, according to the study conducted by Datu Research, LLC.  Farmers plant cover crops to keep the soil anchored between growing seasons, reaping benefits in soil erosion, fertility, water retention, weed and pest control, and biodiversity. While the practice is growing in popularity, cover crop acreage in the United States remains low. “Ag ...
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OSHA Safe + Sound Week

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August 13-19, 2018, has been declared the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week. The week  is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation, and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces. Together with OSHA, ARA has put together this fact sheet for agricultural retailers. You can find more information about Safe + Sound Week by clicking here
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By: Daren Coppock, President & CEO American agriculture is rightfully concerned over today’s start of an international trade war. Tariffs on Chinese goods announced by the administration have been rapidly countered by China and are focused on U.S. agricultural exports. One of our few economic sectors with a positive global balance of trade – agriculture – is being placed at risk as leverage to address other aspects of our trade relationship with China.  According to data from the Commerce Department as of July 6 [1] , the United States had a total global trade deficit of over $736 trillion dollars in 2017. To no one’s surprise, China’s ...
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Wanted: Innovative, tech-savvy, environmentally conscious, community-minded ag retailer with outstanding employees and solid track-record. Must be able to build and maintain customer, industry and community relationships. The successful applicant will be recognized as the Agricultural Retailers Association Retailer of the Year for 2017. The award, presented by Monsanto and  AgPro Magazine , recognizes the best in ag retail annually. Retailer of the Year is a symbol of quality and an emblem of prestige. Past winners include Asmus Farm Supply, Gar Tootelian, The Andersons, NEW Cooperative, Morral Companies, South Dakota Wheat Growers and the Lyman/Tremont Group.  ...
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On Friday June 8, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry released draft language of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Committee, led by Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., plans to consider the legislation on Wednesday, June 13, and hold a full Senate vote later this summer.   By and large, the bipartisan legislation does little to change the status quo. Little to no regulatory reforms found in the House version of the bill, which failed in the House 198-213 in May, were included in the Senate version. The bill does not contain language to extend ...
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