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ARA Legislative Fly-In

ARA needs your support and active involvement in an effort to strengthen ongoing advocacy efforts with your members of Congress to bring about necessary legislation and policies that benefit agricultural retailers, farmer customers and rural communities. 

2022 ARA Legislative Fly-In

Registration has reopened with a virtual schedule for the 2022 ARA Legislative Fly-In, held Feb. 22 through April 8. If you were already registered for the in-person event, you will need to re-register

The virtual fly-in will kick off on Feb. 22 with educational sessions:

  • Mastering Congressional Meetings 101 (11 a.m. EST)
  • Federal Issues Briefing (2 p.m. EST)

Virtual fly-in visits with your legislative officials will be grouped by regions each week from March 1 through April 8. Register and view the full agenda by clicking the button below.


2021 ARA Virtual Fly-In Summary

Since Feb. 11, the ARA staff and members have completed 124 virtual meetings with their elected officials in Congress as part of the 2021 ARA Legislative Fly-In. Thank you to the more than 100 members for sounding your voice on issues that matter to you and your farmer-customers. To see what issues are on the discussion table this year, check out these advocacy resources. View photos from recent fly-in meetings and watch out for more updates! 

Rep. Sanford Fly-In Meeting
Meeting with U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop, D-Ga.
Rep. GT Thompson Fly-In
Meeting with U.S. Representative Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Penn.
Rep. Carl Fly-In Mtg
Meeting with U.S. Representative Jerry Carl, R-Ala.
Rep. Angie Craig Meeting
Meeting with U.S. Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn.
McMorris Rodgers Meeting-Wash
Meeting with U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
Rep. Ashley Hinson Meeting-Iowa
Meeting with U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa.
Senator Crapo-Idaho
Meeting with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.
Senator Risch-Idaho
Meeting with U.S. Senator Risch, R-Idaho.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach-Minn Meeting
Meeting with U.S. Representative Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn.
Rep. Bob Gibbs-Ohio Meeting
Meeting with U.S. Representative Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio.
Rep. Randy Feenstra Meeting
Meeting with U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa.
Rep. Bentz Meeting-ORE
Meeting with U.S. Representative Cliff Bentz, R-Ore.


Who Attends?

All ARA member representatives are invited to participate because ARA counts on their support and involvement to facilitate ongoing advocacy efforts with their members of Congress to bring about necessary legislation and policies that benefit agricultural retailers, their farmer customers, and America's rural communities.

Future fly-ins will be communicated via email and posted to ARA's calendar of events.

2020 ARA Fly-In Recap (in-person)

2020 fly-in topics have included transportation & infrastructure, ag labor & immigration reform, prevent plant dates and more. 

“It was great to quickly catch up with Under Secretary Bill Northey! I love the opportunities being a member of the Agricultural Retailers Association brings for Asmus Farm Supply."
- Amy Asmus, Asmus Farm Supply
Hill Visit
Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., meets with ARA members of his constituency

NW Team with Washington Rep.
Members meet with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.

Sec. Perdue with Undersecretary Northey
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue & Undersecretary Bill Northey met with ARA board at USDA
Eisenhower Exec. Office
ARA board met with regulatory agencies in the Indian Treaty Room at White House Eisenhower Building


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Get help setting up meetings and preparing for fly-ins with our DC Helpdesk.