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

Ag Retailers Honor Senators

Cindy Zimmerman

The Agricultural Retailers Association recently recognized two legislators who have lead efforts to defend the industry’s freedom to operate. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and John Thune (R-SD) were both were named ARA’s 2015 Legislator of the Year during the organization’s recent meeting in Washington DC. ARA recognized Sen. Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for his determined efforts on …

ARA, Audio, Government

AgGateway & ARA Offer Standardized Sales Reporting

Kelly Marshall

If  your job includes sales reporting, perhaps that job just got a little easier.  AgGateway and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) have collaborated to design a standard file format for sales reporting to manufacturers and suppliers.  The new format is simple to use and has been generally accepted in the industry. This standard was created through AgGateways’ collaborative process as …

Ag Group, AgGateway, ARA

Policy Priorities for Ag Retailers

Cindy Zimmerman

GMO labeling, energy policy, regulatory actions and water transportation were among the top issues discussed by members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) meeting in Washington, DC last week. ARA Chairman Harold Cooper of Premier Ag says their biggest priority was the retail exemption to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. “OSHA has elected to take a statute that’s over …

ARA, Audio, GMO, Government, Growmark