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ARA Commends FMCSA Seasonal Ag CDL Reforms

Sep 29, 2022

Today ARA applauds the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for publishing reforms to the Seasonal Ag CDL program. ARA Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Counsel Richard Gupton issued a statement.

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Freight-infrastructure

ARA Encouraged by Announcement of Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

Sep 15, 2022

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is encouraged and relieved by the White House announcement this morning of a tentative agreement reached between the rail carriers and labor unions.

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Infrastructure

ARA Commends the Senate's Vote to Reform NEPA

Aug 04, 2022

The U.S. Senate voted to reverse the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) rulemaking related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Regulations Revisions. Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Counsel Richard Gupton issued a statement in support of the vote.

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Transportation & Supply Chain Solutions

An economically efficient, effective intermodal transportation system is important for the financial well-being of agricultural business and rural communities throughout the U.S. Connectivity remains critical to supporting the competitive advantage that rural communities bring to the economy. 

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US Ag Trade

ARA Applauds House Action on Ocean Shipping Reform, Urges Senate to Follow Suit

Dec 09, 2021

Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock issued a statement of support following the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021.

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Capitol Hill

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Passage is Bipartisan Success

Nov 06, 2021

Today the ARA applauds the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock released the following statement.

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Supply Chain Infrastructure

ARA Board Chairman Testifies Before House Agriculture Committee on Supply Chain Issues

Nov 03, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee held a hearing on “The Immediate Challenges to our Nation’s Food Supply Chain.” Rod Wells, chief supply chain officer for GROWMARK, Inc., and Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) board chairman, was selected to testify on the panel.

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COVID-19 Coronavirus

Helpful Links on COVID-19

Sep 14, 2021

Information, guidance and resources to be used to help agricultural retailers and distributors continue operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Passage in Senate is Step in the Right Direction

Aug 10, 2021

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) applauds the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

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USDA

ARA Submits Comments on Behalf of Ag Retailers

Jun 22, 2021

ARA recently submitted comments in response to the request for information on Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products (docket number AMS-TM-21-0034). This comment period was in direct response to Executive Order 14017, “America's Supply Chains,” which focused on the need for resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains to ensure U.S. economic prosperity and national security.

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