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Legislative Fly-In

ARA needs your involvement to strengthen advocacy efforts with Congress and federal agencies to bring about necessary legislation and policies that benefit agricultural retailers, farmer customers and the entire ag industry.

Advocacy in Action

The 2024 ARA Winter Board Meeting & Legislative Fly-In, held March 4-6 in the Washington area, brought together more than 90 ARA members and industry partners to advocate for ag retailer issues among federal lawmakers and regulators.



About Fly-Ins

All ARA member representatives are invited to participate because ARA counts on their involvement to facilitate ongoing advocacy with their lawmakers.

This event includes meetings between ARA members and elected officials in Congress on Capitol Hill. The ARA Board of Directors and ARA Committees also meet in-person to discuss internal matters related to strategic planning for public policy, member services, conference, and more. 

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

“It’s important for ag retailers to bring their challenges to the table because we work to align ARA’s priorities with those challenges to focus our collective voice where it matters most,” said ARA 2023 Public Policy Committee Chair Dave Spears, MKC. “This is the foundation of a successful fly-in.”

Advocacy Resources

To view the Mastering Congressional Meetings 101 and the Federal Issues Briefing recordings:

  • Log in to the ARA Member Dashboard. (Email for ARA log in support.)
  • Once logged in, click the green MEMBER HOME button in the top right corner of the website. 
  • Click on the menu item MEMBER RESOURCES to view the ARA Member Resource Library with helpful tools related to advocacy, crisis management, cyber security and more.
  • Under Advocacy Resources, click to expand the ARA Public Policy Issues and click on the links within to view recordings and documents.
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


Save the Date

2025 ARA Winter Board Meeting & Legislative Fly-In

  • Feb. 24-26 
  • Washington, DC area


Hunter Carpenter, ARA Senior Director of Public Policy

"Preserving the science-based approach and focus for the EPA was also discussed. Any moves to politicize the agency pose a great danger to agriculture by limiting our ability to handle the challenges of the future."

- ARA Board Member Clayton Houchin, Buttonwillow Warehouse Company

2023 RECAP

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