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Kim Lear 2023 Conference Keynote Speaker

ARA Conference Highlights From Keynote & Breakout Speakers

Nov 29, 2023

ARA concluded its first full day of the 2023 ARA Conference & Expo with more than 620 ag retail industry professionals in attendance.

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Welcome to Expo Hall 2023 Conference

ARA Convenes Annual Conference

Nov 28, 2023

ARA kicked off its 2023 Conference & Expo with more than 600 agricultural retail industry professionals convening to share knowledge, network, and celebrate more than 30 years of ARA.

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Sustainable Grain Cultivates New Opportunities for Retailers

Oct 24, 2023

Conversations around sustainable ag are increasing, and not just among those in the ag industry: Food companies are also paying attention to the sustainability of grain production. It’s an emerging market that agribusinesses can take advantage of with the help of a new marketing tool that offers comprehensive sustainability insights.

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Identify New Business Opportunities With Field-Level Sustainability Insights

Oct 10, 2023

Helping growers invest in farming practices that protect the land they depend on is an integral part of an ag retailer’s role. But now that an increasing number of food and pet food companies are seeking sustainably grown ingredients, others are interested in that investment, too. It’s an emerging market that, with the help of comprehensive sustainability insights, retailers and their customers can capitalize on.

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ARA Welcomes Chelsea to the Team

Oct 09, 2023

Chelsea Armstrong, ARA's new Manager of Member Services & Administration, is a communications professional with a background in promotions, administration, and management. Her flair for event coordination, social media management, and hospitality adds an invaluable dynamic to the ARA team.

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Taranis Partners

From Crop Scouting to Customer Service: The Impact of Taranis Technology

Sep 21, 2023

Armed with a drive to operate Bottiger Farms as a “tip-of-the-spear business”, Bottiger set to work forging the business relationships he knew he would need to build the “tech stack” that would deliver both precision and repeatability.

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ARA Expresses Concern on EPA's Flawed, Unworkable WOTUS Rule

Aug 29, 2023

ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock released a statement expressing serious concern with the final "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Is Your Customer Satisfaction Score a Lie?

Aug 21, 2023

One of the fundamental tenets of performance improvement is to identify a metric that measures how you are doing. In business, the typical metrics are profitability, operational efficiency, and stakeholder satisfaction. The stakeholders are generally defined as ownership, employees, and customers. Of all these metrics, the one that can be the most misleading is customer satisfaction.

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A Story on Culture & Engagement (Saving Babies' Lives!)

Aug 16, 2023

Erin Mies and Kristen Ireland, co-founders of People Spark Consulting, share a story about culture and engagement ahead of their breakout session at the 2023 ARA Conference & Expo:
Early in my career I worked with a consultant, Bill, who focused on culture and engagement (yes, this was a topic even way back in the 1990’s). To this day, I still remember a story he shared a story with me about engagement. 

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Rep. Feenstra at Landus

How to Host a Successful Congressional Visit at Your Facility

Aug 12, 2023

Throughout the year, members of Congress return to their districts, therefore now is the time to start planning to host your elected official(s) for a tour of your facility. That is why ARA created the Congressional Facility Visit Guide with best practices and media samples to give you a step-by-step resource to hosting a successful visit that will pave the way for a lasting relationship with your elected officials.

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