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2015 ARA Annual Report

The ARA Annual Report provides a summary of advocacy activities, initiatives, programs, member services and awards presented in 2015. It highlights the strategic accomplishments of the association and financial performance, as well as recognizes the 2015 ARA Retailer of the Year: The Andersons. ...

2015 ARA AnnualReport-72516.pdf


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ARA Statement on ATF Findings

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2016) -- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced yesterday that the fire leading to the April 17, 2013, explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, was a criminal act. ATF ruled out all accidental and natural causes and...

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First Facility Certified by ResponsibleAg

Unlike a race where the first finisher takes home a medal or blue ribbon, safety and regulatory compliance doesn’t often get rewarded. But becoming the first certified ResponsibleAg retailer deserves recognition.“This marks an exciting milestone for ResponsibleAg,” said Alicia Duke, Health and...

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2014 ARA Annual Report

Focused Forward: Navigating the Next Reality. The annual report looks back on the achievements, activities and programs of the association during 2014. A printed version is mailed to all primary members, directors and committee members. #ResponsibleAg #Security #Transportation #labor ...

2014 Annual Report FINAL_CORRECTED.pdf


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Carper, Meehan Named Legislators of the Year

Agricultural retailers cheered the passage of critical homeland security legislation in December. Last week, the Agricultural Retailers Association honored two legislators instrumental in passing the bill.Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) introduced the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards...

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Coalition Voices Concern on PHMSA Proposal

ARA joined with a coalition of organizations to provide comments on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed rule on rail tank car standards and operating practices. PHMSA’s proposed rule would establish new standards and...

Ag Statement to DOT on Hazardous Materials Enhanced Tank Car Standards Proposed Rule.docx


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ARA Applauds House Passage of CFATS Bill; Urges Senate to Take Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 9, 2014) – The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives approval of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4007) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The...

House Passes CFATS Bill HR 4007 9JUL2014.pdf


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ARA Supports CFATS Bill

ARA joined more than 25 other organizations to express support for H.R. 4007, the CFATS Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014. The coalition urged House representatives to vote in favor of the bill. H.R. 4007 is a streamlined bill that provides a three year authorization of the...

CFATS Coalition Letter in support of 4007.pdf


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Asmark Institute, ARA Release Revised Security Vulnerability Assessment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2014) – With more than 230 changes and 25 new questions – many focused on transportation issues, the Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) Version 2.0 has been overhauled to better serve ag retailers. The revised assessment, developed by the Asmark Institute in...

Asmark, ARA Release Revised SVA 7-8-14.pdf


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Coalition Seeks Repeal of Scanning Rules

The Agricultural Retailers Association joins more than 70 other trade associations from a broad cross-section of industries urging the Obama administration to repeal a mandate that all cargo entering the U.S. be scanned for explosives and other toxic substances. The 2006 statutory requirement ...

Scanning Industry Letter to Secretary Johnson 060214.pdf