ARA Retailer of the Year

The 2019 application is open. Click here to apply!

How to Apply

  • Individuals may nominate an ARA member retailer or ARA member retailers may apply directly.
  • Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019

Application Tips

  • The best entries include pictures and captions.
  • Show (in description and pictures, if possible) how your organization accomplishes each criterion.
  • Keep your answers brief but complete.
  • Support documents (annual reports, company newsletters, nomination/reference letters, etc.) are welcome and may be attached to your application form.
  • Here is a sample application for your review. 2017 winning application

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Recipient Receives

  • Two round-trip airline tickets to the ARA Conference & Expo, Dec. 3 to 5, 2019
  • Two-night accommodations at the Sheraton New Orleans - French Quarter, New Orleans, La.
  • VIP Dinner with Bayer representatives and ARA officers.
  • Two-page article in AgPro magazine spotlighting the winning retail facility.
  • Special award presentation at the ARA Conference & Expo.
  • A beautifully cut lead crystal award to display at a retail facility.


1. Effective Employee Relations

  • Hires, trains and retains highly skilled, professional employees
  • Competitive compensation & benefits plan
  • Commits resources for employees to participate in professional certification and/or self-improvement programs

2. Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

  • Respect for the environment beyond compliance
  • Implements daily practices that improve the environment and the image of our industry
  • Use sustainable and financially sensible practices that help to conserve and protect our natural resources to ensure a safe environment and food supply now and for future generations.

3. Reliability

  • Meets customer expectations, especially during the busiest time of the year
  • Implements practices to reduce downtime (fleet management, preventive maintenance, etc.)

4. Community & Industry Leadership

  • Community engagement and outreach
  • Civic Involvement
  • Local, state and national association involvement
  • Must be ARA member

5. Relationship Building

  • Continually refines strategic alliances with customers, suppliers, employees and state and local governments
  • Effective at managing risk associated with the ag retail business, and also help farmer customers manage their risks

6. Technology Utilization

  • Embraces a business philosophy that maximizes revenue service streams by focusing on profitable customer services
  • Turns raw customer data into more profitable crop production decisions

7. Innovative Business Practices

  • Optimizes changing markets by providing personalized services (value added)
  • Strives to diversify business strategies
  • Implements cutting-edge management tools in all facets of retail business