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

Sen. Thune on What Now for WOTUS

Cindy Zimmerman

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) was named one of the Legislators of the Year this week by the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and he spent some time with organization leaders on Tuesday talking about industry priorities. One priority for all of agriculture is the EPA’s Waters of the United States or WOTUS, which was the subject of a disapproval resolution passed …

ARA, Audio, Government, Regulation, water

Ag Retailers Meeting on Capitol Hill

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) board of directors have been in Washington DC this week taking their priorities to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The agribusiness company representatives were able to meet with many of their elected representatives and senators and/or their staff members, as well as officials from agencies such as OSHA. “We do a February board meeting …

Agribusiness, ARA, Audio, Government

ARA Releases Statement on West Fertilizer Report

Kelly Marshall

More than two years after the fire and resulting explosion at the West Fertilizer Company the U.S. Chemical Safety Board has issued its concluding report and safety recommendations. The fire was responsible for the deaths of 12 emergency responders, three individuals and millions of dollars worth of damage.  The Agricultural Retailers Association is appreciative of the extensive investigations and resulting report …

Agribusiness, ARA, Fertilizer

ARA Asks Stakeholders To Voice Opinions

Taylor Truckey

The Agricultural Retailers Association is putting a call-to-action out for stakeholders to make their voices heard regarding the future use of an important insecticide, chlorpyrifos. Popular products that include chlorpyrifos include Cobalt, Cobalt Advanced, Lorsban, Lock-On, etc. Read the full letter below: Dear Stakeholder: As you probably know, on October 30, 2015, U.S. EPA announced a proposal to revoke US …

ARA, EPA, Insecticide, Policy

Precision Impact Award Given to Leading Retailers

Kelly Marshall

AgProfessional Magazine, MapShots AgStudio, and the Agricultural Retailers Association sponsored an award presented to three retailers leading the way in precision agriculture.  Accepting the Precision Impact Award on behalf of their companies were: Elliott Marsh, East Georgia Agronomy Services, Southern States Cooperative; Glen Franzluebbers, Central Valley Ag Cooperative, and Luke Lightfoot, Co-Alliance, LLC. The award was presented on December 3 at …

Agribusiness, ARA, Award

Congress Halts OSHA Overreach

Kelly Marshall

In July the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent a memorandum to end the exemption of retail stores to the Process Safety Management (PSM).  PSM is a set of procedural, operational and organizational standards to intended to prevent the release of hazardous chemicals at manufacturing facilities.  The rescinding of this exemption would force virtually all ag retailers that store …

Agribusiness, ARA, Government

Notter Discusses Millennials at #ARA15

Taylor Truckey

While at ARA, Jamie Notter, Culture That Works, gave a presentation on organizational culture to the retailers attending. He specifically spoke about the value in attracting millennials and how to build a successful working relationship with them as most management teams have an older management style that millennials don’t relate to. Attracting millennials as employees or customers is less about …

ARA, Audio, Youth

Early Planning Makes #ARA15 A Success

Taylor Truckey

Leroy Startz, Chair of the ARA Conference Planning Committee since 2009, spoke with Chuck Zimmerman while at the ARA Conference & Expo in Palm Desert, CA recently. After wrapping up a busy week, Startz was pleased with the overall event. He highlighted the importance of early planning to put together a successful, relevant week for ag retailers. Early planning helps …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, ARA, Audio

John Deere Believes in the Future

Kelly Marshall

Chuck Zimmerman stopped by the John Deere booth at the Agriculture Retailers Association conference and visited with Chad Brusveen, Corporate business manager, about the economy and the future of precision ag. John Deere is a sponsor of ARA and Brusveen highlighted his companies commitment to the application business, to technology and equipment.  And it is a testament to precision agriculture, …

Agribusiness, ARA, John Deere