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Suite 500
Washington
District of Columbia  20005
Tel : 202-457-0825

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ARA - Agricultural Retailers Association

ARA members and non-members have a wealth of services available to them. This includes communications regarding important industry issues, opportunities to influence legislation, as well as educational and networking opportunities and more.

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) advocates, influences, educates and provides services to support its members in their quest to maintain a profitable business environment, adapt to a changing world and preserve their freedom to operate.

Work groups are topic-focused and provide expert opinion to ARA as needed on an ongoing basis. Task Forces are focused on a specific objective, with a finite lifespan that expires when the task is accomplished. The vast majority of this work is done via email and conference call, so there should be no scheduling conflicts with Committee meetings. 

Current Task Forces and Work Groups Include:  

  • Fertilizer Contract Task Force 
  • Transportation Working Group 
  • Technology Working Group 
  • Tax / Finance Working Group 
  • Environmental Stewardship Working Group 
  • Security Working Group 
  • Biotechnology / Seed Working Group 
  • Sustainability Working Group 
  • OSHA Working Group

VENUE LOCATION

Hilton Bonnet Creek, 14100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando Florida,

AGENDA

Nov 28   
Monday, November 28

5 - 7 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting

7 - 7:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Reception
Sponsored by Helena

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Board of Directors Dinner
Sponsored by EFC Systems

Nov 29   
Tuesday, November 29

7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

ARA Invitational Golf Tournament

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Set-up

9 a.m. - Noon

Disney Animal Kingdom Backstage Safari (Registration Required)
Sponsored by FMC

2 - 4 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Sponsored by Biopesticide Industry Alliance

 

LEVERAGING BIOPESTICIDES TO BUILD BUSINESS FOR AG RETAILERS

Keith Jones, Executive Director, BPIA
Tim Damico, Executive Vice President, Certis USA
Rick Melnick, Global Brand and Communications Manager, Valent BioSciences Corporation

4 p.m.

VIP Reception: First-time Attendees, Rising Stars, New Members and Invited Guests
Sponsored by El Dorado Chemical Company

4:30 - 7 p.m.

Opening Reception
Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, Mosaic and WinField

7 p.m.

Customer Appreciation Night

Nov 30   
Wednesday, November 30

6:45 - 8:15 a.m. 

Breakfast in Trade Show
Sponsored by Bayer

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

General Session
Sponsored by CF Industries

 

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Daren Coppock
President & CEO
Agricultural Retailers Association

 

ARA Educational and Training Programs

 

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by New Leader, Aligned Ag Distributors and Marcus Construction

 

AGCO Operator of the Year

 

ARA President's Report

 

ARA Awards

  • Retailer of the Year

  • Distinguished Service

  • Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement

 

CHINA INC. - PLANS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. AGRICULTURAL RETAILERS

Matthew Phillips
Director, Crop Protection and Seeds
Phillips-McDougal

9 a.m. - Noon

Winter Park Boat Tour and Morse Museum

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Lunch
Sponsored by BASF and Legacy Building Solutions

 

EXECUTIVE TRACK

OPERATIONS TRACK

2 - 3 p.m. 

AG ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Terry Barr
Chief Economist
CoBank

ATTRACTING AND RETAINING OPERATIONS STAFF

Bob Broeckelman
Vice President Recruiting and Selection (Retired)
FCC Services 

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Break
Sponsored by American Plant Food Corporation and Koch Industries

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

STOP GIVING IT AWAY!

Bryan Dodge
Speaker, Author
Dodge Development, Inc.

PSM COMPLIANCE: WHAT YOU NEED TO DO AND WHEN

Mike Hazzan
Technical Manager
AcuTech

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in Tradeshow
Sponsored by Case IH, Valent and Wilbur-Ellis

6:30 - 10 p.m. 

ARA Dinner & Auction benefiting ARAPAC
Sponsored by AGCO, International Raw Materials and Syngenta

Dec 01   
Thursday, December 1

7 - 8 a.m.

Breakfast
Sponsored by Crop Production Services and Environmental Tillage Systems

8 a.m.

Exhibitor Tear Down

 

EXECUTIVE TRACK

OPERATIONS TRACK

8 - 9 a.m.

DEMYSTIFYING SOCIAL MEDIA

Hank Campbell
President
American Council on Science & Health

LEAN PRACTICES TO OPTIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY

Steve Shaffer
General Manager
Yargus Manufacturing

9 - 9:30 a.m.

Break
Sponsored by United Suppliers and Yara

9:45 a.m. - Noon

General Session
Sponsored by CoBank

 

Environmental Respect Award
Sponsored by DuPont

 

AgProfessional Precision Impact Award
Sponsored by AgProfessional, Agricultural Retailers Association and SST Software

 

Outgoing Chairman Recognition

 

New Chairman Installation

 

YOU CAN CREATE DISNEY MAGIC TOO

Lee Cockerell
Executive Vice President (retired)
Walt Disney World 

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:45 - 5 p.m.

Central Florida Agricultural Tour
Sponsored by AMVAC