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

ARA Wants Retailers to Dream Big at Conference

Kelly Marshall

The Agricultural Retailers Association will be hosting their annual conference and expo in Orlando, Florida- a place known for magic.  The keynote speaker will be conjuring up a little of that enchantment as he presents his message on leadership and world-class customer service. Lee Cockerell is a retired Disney executive, a man in charge of 73,000 team members who daily created …

Ag Group, ARA, Events

EPA Atrazine Deadline Looms Large

Kelly Marshall

The deadline for the EPA Atrazine comment period is fast approaching.  For growers who haven’t done it yet, groups like the National Corn Grower Association and the Agriculture Retailers Association are encouraging farmers to express support for atrazine before October 5, 2016.  To make the process easy, both the NCGA website and the ARA website offer help sending an e-mail. “Atrazine is a safe and effective crop management …

Ag Group, ARA, EPA, Herbicides, NCGA

Court Upholds Retail Exemption to PSM

Kelly Marshall

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals saved U.S. retailers more than $100 million in compliance costs with its ruling on Friday.  The court found the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was not adhering to the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act when it issued an enforcement memo earlier this year that redefined retail facility exemption to the Process Safety Management …

Ag Group, ARA, Fertilizer, Retailers

Comment Deadline on Sulfonylureas Approaching

Cindy Zimmerman

September 12 is the deadline for public comment to the EPA on a Proposed Interim Decision (PID) for regulating the class of herbicides known as sulfonylureas. The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is urging farmers and other stakeholders to provide comments on the class of herbicides currently used on millions of acres in the United States. Using the most conservative models …

ARA, EPA, Herbicides

EPA Team Experiences Spray Drift Equipment in Action

Joanna Schroeder

What better way to learn about new tools and emerging technology than to see it in action? Nothing according to dozens of U.S. EPA staff who recently had the opportunity to visit a working research farm in Queenstown, Maryland. During the event, EPA team members watched, learned and participated in demonstrations of the latest sprayers and pieces of equipment. Organized …

AEM, ARA, Equipment, Spraying, Video

Retailers are Reducing Errors with eConnectivity

Kelly Marshall

In a field known for seeking out the next new technology, barcoding has long been established as tool for retailers to reduce errors and streamline operations.  The familiar technology is getting a new facelift, however, and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and AgGateway are working together to host a free, one-hour webinar on the topic.  The first session will be April …

AgGateway, Agribusiness, ARA, webinar