ARA Board: ARA meets in Washington and visits Capitol Hill
Michelle Hummel A record number of ARA members and representatives from several state and national associations visited the offices of nearly 70 U.S. senators and representatives on Feb. 12. The Hill visits were held in conjunction with ARA’s board of directors and committee meetings, Feb. 11-13, in Washington, D.C. The meetings in Washington also included the appointment of new ARA officers and an opportunity for ARA members to hear from several guest speakers.
During the board meeting, ARA’s policy priorities were discussed for the coming year. The board reviewed priorities focused on environment and stewardship policies, security issues, transportation concerns, the farm bill, policies that support a pro-growth economic agenda, labor and Occupational Safety & Health Administration concerns and energy issues. Prior to Hill visits on Feb. 12, board members and representatives from state and national associations participated in an issues briefing covering these topics.
A.J. Outlaw with Coastal AgroBusiness (right) and A.K. “Dooie” Leach of FCI, Inc. (center) meet with Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.). “In February, ARA board members, along with representatives from other state and national associations visited staff and leadership from the House Ag Committee and the offices of congressmen and senators in 20 states,” said Daren Coppock, ARA president and CEO. “We commend the time and effort contributed by everyone who participated in the Hill visits. It’s extremely valuable for our nation’s leaders to hear from individuals in the states they represent who are directly impacted by the policies they are making.”
ARA appreciates the generous support of the following companies that sponsored the ARA February board meeting: Ag1Source, BASF, Bayer CropScience, BMO Harris Bank, CF Industries, Cheminova, Dow AgroSciences, Helena and John Deere.
NEW ARA OFFICERS
A few new ARA officers were elected after vacancies were created recently in two of the officer positions. The previous Chairman-Elect Tommy Brandenberger with Simplot (formerly Migl Feed & Grain) resigned, moving Gary Farrell of Ag Enterprise Supply, Inc. from the position of vice chairman to the role of chairman-elect. Dave DuFault with Simplot was elected vice chairman. Near the end of last year, Bob Trogele with FMC vacated his role as ARA secretary/rreasurer, Mark Sharitz with AGCO was elected to fill this position. Johnny Council with The Lyman/Tremont Group remains the 2013 ARA board chairman.