ARA Encourages Use of AgGateway’s ADAPT Toolkit

Kelly Marshall

Precision agriculture doesn’t come without its share of frustrations; getting systems to “talk” to each other is certainly one of them. Now the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is encouraging the use of AgGateway‘s ADAPT toolkit to allow multiple formats to share data across software applications. “We encourage manufacturers to integrate the ADAPT framework in their offerings, and to leverage the …

Ag Group, AgGateway, ARA, technology

ARA Retailer of the Year at #ARA2016

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) presented this year’s Ag Retailer of the Year Award during the the ARA Conference & Expo to Gar Tootelian, of central California. The award, sponsored by Monsanto, ARA, and AgProfessional magazine, is highly esteemed by the industry and honors the very best among ag retailers. Gar Tootelian was represented at the ceremony by president Greg …

ARA, Audio

Ag Groups Join with NRCS

Kelly Marshall

Agribusiness and agricultural associations from across the nation, including the Agricultural Retailers Association, have joined together to promote and expand federal conservation programs.  Members of the group signed a memorandum of understanding with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to expand the reach of technical and financial assistance to extend conservation adoption and increase the overall sustainability of farming, ranching …

ARA, Conservation, USDA

FMC & ARA Hosting Safety Planning Workshop

Lizzy Schultz

FMC Corporation has shown tremendous continued support for the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) through the company’s sponsorship of the ARA Conference & Expo. In the new year, FMC will also sponsor a workshop with ARA that will focus on preparing, responding, and sustaining a crisis plan. This new workshop stems from a crisis communications workshop that FMC has held for …

ARA, Audio, FMC, Safety

#ARA2016 Year in Review from CEO Daren Coppock

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo heard from CEO, Daren Coppock with the President’s report and review of the year. He couldn’t begin without talking about the election, Coppock said. “This opens up some unexpected avenues for us. It was a surprising outcome in a number of ways. But if we look at implications for our industry there are …

Ag Group, ARA, Government, Regulation

#ARA2016 Receive Welcome From Florida FFA President

Kelly Marshall

Who better to welcome members of the Agricultural Retailers Association to Florida for their annual conference than William Jameson, the Florida State FFA President and symbol of agriculture’s future? Florida stands tall in the agriculture industry, growing more than 300 types of commodities from fresh produce like grapefruit and sweet corn to beef and field crops. The state also boasts …

Ag Group, ARA, FFA

AGCO Honors Star Operators

Cindy Zimmerman

AGCO Corporation presented its 11th annual Operator of the Year award at the Ag Retailers Association convention and expo this week in Orlando. The award, which recognizes the best custom applicators across the country, was given this year to Tony Kornder of Genesis Growing Solutions in Le Sueur, Minnesota. “We’re proud to have recognized the agricultural industry’s hard-working custom applicators …

ARA, Equipment

#ARA2016 Keynoter Provides Political Insight

Kelly Marshall

Stuart Rothenberg knows the word “nonpartisan” is suspect, but as the Founding Editor of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, that’s what he strives to be. In his recent keynote address to the members of the Agricultural Retailers Association, Rothenberg talked about the recent Presidential election, and how it was big in more ways than one. It was big because …

Ag Group, ARA

#ARA2016 Tackling Hot Industry Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association Conference & Expo being held this week near Orlando, Florida is tackling some of the industry’s hottest issues, according to Leroy Startz, ING Capital, who has chaired the conference for the past eight years. “Lot of activity going on in the mergers and acquisitions world – how is that going to impact the retailers with regard …

ARA, Audio

California Court Ruling Favors Seed Treatments

Cindy Zimmerman

A California federal court this week ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a coalition of agricultural industry organizations in a legal challenge to order the regulation of seeds treated with pesticides as if the seeds themselves were the pesticides. The coalition included CropLife America, the American Seed Trade Association, the Agricultural Retailers Association, and several …

ARA, ASTA, seed