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Political Insights from #ARA2016 Keynote

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:32:51 +0000

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 meeting this week in Orlando, Rothenberg talked about the recent Presidential election, and how it was big in more ways than ...

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GROWMARK Announces Missouri Essay Winner

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:16:31 +0000

GROWMARK has named Marrah Delmont of Halfway, Missouri as the state winner of the 2017 GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members with the theme “What value do cooperatives provide to today’s farmers?” In her contest entry, Delmont said: “The benefits cooperatives provide go far beyond economics. As successful cooperatives grow, successful leaders, directors, managers, and other employees grow too. By ...

Two Years of Progress for ResponsibleAg

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:08:42 +0000

ResponsibleAg began their safety compliance mission two years ago, and already the program has signed up 2,284 locations, Bill Qualls reported at the Agricultural Retailers Association Conference & Expo. The numbers reflect the importance of safety to members of the industry, Qualls asserts, and it is his job to make sure they’re well informed. “My goal is to help each ...

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#ARA2016 Awards Presented

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:33:20 +0000

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) presented its most prestigious awards during the association’s annual meeting this week in Florida. Being an organization of ag retailers, it stands to reason that one of the biggest awards is Retailer of the Year. Sponsored by Monsanto, ARA and AgProfessional magazine, the ARA Ag Retailer of the Year honors the very best in the ...

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Topguard® Terra Helping SW Cotton Farmers

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:17:45 +0000

Cotton root rot has been a problem for farmers in the southwest for decades, but FMC’s Topguard® Terra is making a difference. FMC Southern Regional Business Manager Matt Hancock says Topguard® Terra is an extremely systemic triazole fungicide. “So it gets into the plant and it stays there,” he said during an interview this week at the ARA Conference and ...

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CEO Daren Coppock Addresses #ARA2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:11:14 +0000

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 ...

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Should EPA Increase Biofuels Use?

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:59:30 +0000

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What are you most thankful for this year?” Family, friends, food and freedom…no doubt the simple majority shined in our Thanksgiving poll. Here are the poll results: Family – 13% Friends – 3% Food – 0% Freedom – 0% All of the above – 80% Other – 3% Our new ZimmPoll is live and ...

Milestone for General Mills, Xerces Society and NRCS

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:20:03 +0000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted an announcement between themselves, General Mills, and the largest and oldest pollinator conservation organization, the Xerces Society this morning. The three organizations are joining together to protect the habitats of pollinators on hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland. The project is a five-year, $4 million commitment to provide the technical assistance for planting ...

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Florida FFA President Welcomes #ARA2016 Members

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:35:59 +0000

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 ...

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GROWMARK Announces Iowa Essay Winner

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:20:38 +0000

The theme of this year’s GROWMARK essay contest for FFA members was “What value do cooperatives provide to today’s farmers?” and the Iowa state winner is Jaxon Mullinnix of Lone Tree, Iowa – a student at Lone Tree High School and a member of the Lone Tree FFA chapter. In his contest entry, Mullinnix said: “Some may even describe cooperatives ...