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Downey Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock presents Purdue Professor Emeritus Dave Downey with the Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award November 30, 2016, during the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. Purdue Professor Emeritus Contributions to Ag Retail Span 50 Years ORLANDO -- Few people in the...


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Gar Tootelian Named Retailer of the Year

ORLANDO (November 30, 2016) -- In 1949, Gar and Esther Tootelian, second-generation immigrants, scraped together their small savings and built an agricultural chemical and fertilizer business in Reedley, Calif., 30 minutes south of Fresno. The business, named Gar Tootelian, Inc. (GAR) prospered...

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McArdle Installed as ARA Chairman

Premier Ag CEO Harold Cooper hands the Chairman’s Gavel to BRANDT COO Tim McArdle. ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock looks on during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo at the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando. BRANDT COO Continues Tradition of Service ORLANDO ...


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Cooper Hands Gavel to McArdle

BRANDT COO Continues Tradition of ServiceORLANDO (December 5, 2016) -- Tim McArdle, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of BRANDT, was installed as the chairman of the Agricultural Retailers Association during a December 1 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo in Orlando. McArdle has served as the...

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Court Vacates OSHA PSM Memo

Decision Marks Definitive Win for Fertilizer Retailers Updated Joint Statement from ARA and TFI WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016 ) – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the Occupational Safety and Health...


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Court Upholds PSM Retail Exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 23, 2016 ) – The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act when it issued an enforcement memorandum on July 22, 2015, redefining the retail facility...

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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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ARA Comments on CSB Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 27, 2016) – Following more than two years of investigation, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released its final report and safety recommendations resulting from the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company.On April 17, 2013, this tragic event took the lives of 12...

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ARA Sends Statement to Congress: Don't Let OSHA Circumvent the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016) - For magicians, misdirection is the key to a successful illusion. And, although fooled by the distraction, the audience responds with awe and applause. However, when it comes to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's latest trick, the Agricultural...

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ARA Recognizes Cochran, Thune for Legislative Efforts Supporting Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 14, 2016) – Agricultural industry continues to face federal regulatory challenges. Thankfully, agriculture’s allies in the U.S. Senate stepped forward. The Agricultural Retailers Association recently recognized two legislators who have lead efforts to defend the...

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