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Applicators to Reap Benefits from $15 Million Investment by EPA

EPA is looking to evolve the existing chemical licensing program to offer more education and training in restricted use pesticides.

The Zoomers Have Arrived

As baby boomers retire, Gen Zers, who were born from 1996 to 2012, are replacing boomers in the labor force. 

Technical Training: AGCO Supports Associate Degree Program at Parkland College

The $5 million donation from AGCO will construct a new 25,000 sq.-ft. state-of-the-art training center, which will house a new AGCO Agriculture Service Technician Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program.

Boron helps ensure healthy crops. The micronutrient plays a role in many growth processes, including cell division, nitrogen metabolism and water absorption.
AgroLiquid Launches One Week of Virtual Agronomy Education

Crop Nutrition Week will connect growers and agronomy experts for five days of online learning Feb. 6-10.

Dicamba Training & Label Links

Users of OTT dicamba are required to receive training in order to use these products and these training sessions will be starting soon.

Farmers and applicators should check state rules before applying the product
Free Webinar on Adjuvants: Using Oils to Protect Your Chemical Investment

The second webinar in the Adjuvant Advantage for the Sales Agronomist series will be hosted on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. EST.

High-Quality, Convenient Education for Rural Appraisers

With the ASFMRA, it’s easy to take the next step in your appraisal career – visit the 2023 Education Calendar today and find the right course for you.

The Best Swag To Give Farmers

Bridgette Readel and two additional co-founders have started Ag Mafia to bring training and coaching to ag retail sales professionals. Their slogan is to be “more than a price list and a pickup.”

Academy Helps Ag Retail Managers Tackle Shifts In Marketplace

The academy is led by Purdue University’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business in partnership with the Agricultural Retailers Association and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Make Ag Retail Sales Fun Again

“I know I have to perform every year and deepen the customer relationship,” Jason Hanson says. “You can’t take a loyal customer for granted.”

Agroterrorism: Webinar Explores Multiple Threats to U.S. Food and Ag Supply Chain

The free online event is titled “Agroterrorism Remains a Significant Threat to U.S. Farms and Food Supply” and is set for Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, at 3 p.m. CDT.

Prevent Grain Bin Accidents by Keeping Grain in Good Condition

As a new crop goes in the bin, be mindful of storage best practices and keep safety top of mind.

ARA's ENGAGE for Ag Leaders is Back

Registration is open and deeply discounted for ARA members!

Attend the 2022 Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College

Come join Ken Ferrie at this year's Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College, hosted by Crop-Tech Consulting, July 26-27 in Heyworth, Ill. 

Sustainable Agronomy Conference Announces Virtual Series

Starting July 19, once a week for four weeks an online session will go live.

Heat Warnings Sweep Across U.S.: What You Should Know

This week, dangerous heat is sweeping across Texas to Wisconsin to Ohio to Georgia.

New Employee Training Sets Strong Roots for Success

A trifecta of trends drive how livestock producers seek feed products: products that work, products they can trust, and it's convenient for them to order.

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Purdue Offers Intern Training for Scouting

It’s a key task learned by every agronomic intern in ag retail. To help train this year’s crop of interns, Purdue is hosting a Field Scout Intern Training event on May 19.

Farmers and applicators should check state rules before applying the product
13 Reminders To Reduce Spray Drift

“Drift can never be eliminated; however, it can be minimized if pesticides are applied under favorable weather conditions and by adopting proven drift reduction strategies,” says IFCA.

ASFMRA Announces New & Updated Seminars

The seminars will make their debut during Education Week, an annual event featuring education for farm managers, rural appraisers and agricultural consultants.

Transform Nutrient Regulations from Headaches to Opportunities

Concern about water quality has spurred nutrient reduction incentive programs and, in some cases, regulations. If you haven’t been affected by one, you probably soon will be.

Fear Not the Spider Invasion

Experts say you don’t need to worry about the bright yellow, blue, black and red Joro spider — it's one of the few creatures that preys on a bug that attacks Southern crops.

NAICC: The Common Sense Misconception, There’s Always Another Perspective

Our industry is very diverse and constantly evolving. As such, everyone’s life experiences will be different within the workplace.

Plugging The Ag Brain Drain

Here’s how consultants can help grow the industry’s brain trust

The Scoop Podcast: Challenge the Status Quo on Wheat Acres

Matt Wehmeyer with AgriMaxx Wheat is encouraging farmers and their retailers to push for 100 bushel dryland wheat.

ARA Organizing 2022 Fly-In

In March, ARA members are invited to participate in the annual legislative fly-in event–an opportunity for ag retailers to tell their stories firsthand to members of Congress and policymakers in the administration.

2022 Education For Rural Appraisers

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) released its 2022 education calendar for rural professionals.

Make Pest Scouting a Priority in 2022

Scouting fields for pest problems is a vital component of crop health and yield outcome.

NAICC: The Rewards Of Serving

Matt Winslow: The NAICC is more than an organization. It’s a family of agricultural professionals that I personally will cherish for a lifetime.

Wisconsin Farmer Shares Climate Positive Tips For Producers, Trusted Advisers

A series of extreme rains prompted the Clark family to change the way it operates their farm and begin integrating more regenerative practices.

Tar Spot Found In New States, Severe Infestation Slashes Yield

This late season disease is nothing to hit the snooze button on. “This is a disease you have to pay attention to,” says Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, plant pathologist with Growmark.

Evaluate Planter Performance with Ear Uniformity Comparisons at Harvest

Take the time to evaluate ear counts, size and stand performance this fall to better inform agronomic decisions for the 2022 growing season. 

The Scoop Podcast: Bridge The Gap As A Trusted Adviser

Greg Martinelli with Ag Sales Professionals shares the top trend in ag sales is solidifying your position as a trusted adviser to your farmer customers.

In-Person Education And Networking For Rural Professionals

This is the premier event for farm managers and rural appraisers in America, and it will feature specialized education, discussion sessions and networking opportunities for rural property professionals.

ARA: Making Noise On Behalf Of Ag Retailers

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has picked up a lot of its face-to-face activities, and like so many of you, we at ARA are grateful to have some things feeling more and more like business as usual

NAICC: Looking Forward To 2022

The 2021 season is not over yet, but NAICC is already looking forward to 2022. The year’s first and most exciting event is the 2022 NAICC Annual Meeting and Ag Pro Expo, Jan. 24-28 in Orlando, Florida.

How To Conduct Agronomic Autopsies

Create a report card to evaluate your season-long decisions.

4,000th ResponsibleAg Audit Completed

The milestone at Rutherford Farmers Cooperative in Murfreesboro, Tenn. demonstrates the agricultural retail industry's commitment to safety and compliance

Handle With Care: Protect Soybean Germination and Quality

Indelicate handling systems can damage germination rates in soybeans.

CCA Conservationist of the Year Nominations Open

The CCA Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes a certified crop adviser who delivers exceptional advice and results, is highly innovative, is a leader, and contributes to the exchange of conservation ideas

Farm Journal Test Plots: A Phantom Lurks in Your Corn Fields

Farm Journal Test Plot data shows an earlier harvest can reap up to 15 bu.

Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College Focuses On Farming in the Environmental Triangle

The 2021 Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College kicks off this week and will take a deep dive into everything from cover crops and nutrient management and regulation, to create an environment for high-yield soybeans.

Carbon Market Outlook For Consultants

Consultants are being seen as an integral part of the technical service provider portion of any carbon trading program.

5 Reasons to Attend InfoAg 2021

Hosted Aug. 3 and 4 in St. Louis, the event is organized by The Fertilizer Institute with partners including the Agricultural Retailers Association, The Scoop, and Trust in Food.

Ferrie: 5 Next Steps for Corn And Soybeans Under Water or Affected by Heavy Rainfall

Corn subjected to heavy rainfall can still deliver a significant yield response to a nitrogen application -- in some cases, up to 60 bu.

Bring Your Team to Learn at ARA's Crisis Preparedness Workshop

Learn crucial methods to effectively manage any crisis at the ARA Crisis Preparedness workshop, held Aug. 23-25 in Philadelphia.

InfoAg Conference Partners With The Scoop, Trust In Food

For more than 25 years, InfoAg has remained the premier conference on the practical application of precision agriculture.

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Ransomware Prevention and Mitigation Resources for Agribusinesses

Recent high profile ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure are causing many in agriculture to take a harder look at the impact and prevention of these threats.

Registration is Open for the 2021 ARA Conference & Expo

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) Conference & Expo is the premier event for agricultural retailers, distributors and suppliers.

Hit by Frost? Use These Tips to Evaluate Damage

The frigid air that blew through the northern Corn Belt last weekend left its mark on corn and soybean fields. From burnt leaf tissue to blotchy, curled leaves, Missy Bauer shares these tips to evaluate frost damage.