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2021 ARA Virtual Fly-In

ARA Legislative Fly-In

The 2020 election results set the stage for the 117th Congress with many newly elected officials and staff in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. 

Sound your voice on Capitol Hill 

The virtual 2021 ARA Winter Board Meeting & Legislative Fly-In will take place during the weeks of Feb. 11 through March 19, 2021. Registration closed on Jan. 31, 2021, to give the policy team enough time to schedule meetings. Email Hunter Carpenter,, with any questions. 

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.

2021 ARA Congressional Fly-In Meeting Schedule

Since the event is virtual, ARA will be coordinating online meetings in lieu of visits to their offices in Washington, D.C. Please review and mark your calendar with the relevant dates below in ARA's Congressional Meeting Schedule:

  • Feb. 11: Mastering Congressional Meetings 101 (11 a.m. Eastern) and Federal Issues Briefing (2 p.m. Eastern)
  • Feb. 15-19: Region 5 Hill Visits (WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, UT, AZ, NM)
  • Feb. 22-26: Region 4 Hill Visits (MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, TX)
  • March 1-5: Region 3 Hill Visits (MN, IA, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH, KY)
  • March 8-12: Region 2 Hill Visits (AR, LA, TN, MS, AL, GA, NC, SC, FL)
  • March 15-19: Region 1 Hill Visits (VA, WV, MD, DE, PA, NY, RI, CT, NH, VT, ME)

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

2021 Ongoing Fly-In Updates

Since Feb. 11, the ARA staff and members have completed more than 25 virtual meetings (and counting) with their elected officials in Congress as part of the 2021 ARA Legislative Fly-In. Meetings are being conducted by regions through March 19 (see regional dates above). 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. Bentz Meeting-ORE
Meeting with U.S. Representative Cliff Bentz, R-Ore.
McMorris Rodgers Meeting-Wash
Meeting with U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
Senator Crapo-Idaho
Meeting with U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.
Senator Risch-Idaho
Meeting with U.S. Senator Risch, R-Idaho.

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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