MKC Named ARA Ag Retailer of the Year

Nov 29, 2023

MKC Named ARA Ag Retailer of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla and MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. (NOV 29, 2023) —Today, MKC proudly accepted the esteemed Retailer of the Year Award from the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) during a ceremony attended by over 600 industry professionals at the 2023 ARA Conference & Expo.

Each year, the ARA Retailer of the Year Award honors an agricultural retailer for going above and beyond in environmental stewardship, community leadership, customer engagement and employee relations. The Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and The Scoop, is awarded to an ARA member company or individual.

“By recognizing the full potential of its people, investing in their leadership development, and empowering them to exceed their customers’ expectations, MKC embodies what this award seeks to celebrate,” says ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock. “ARA and the agriculture industry as a whole has benefited greatly from MKC’s leadership and involvement on the ARA Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, and legislative fly-in events with lawmakers in Washington, DC.”

This award reflects MKC's ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in the agricultural sector. The company looks forward to continuing its tradition of service and contributing to the success of farmers and the broader agricultural community.

“We're very proud to be named ARA's Ag Retailer of the Year,” says MKC President & CEO Brad Stedman. “We want to share this distinction with our member-owners and employees; they're the ones who made this possible. Especially our employees, they create the customer experience. This award is a recognition of MKC's commitment to being an organization that moves the mark in our geography and will continue to serve the needs of farmers in the future.”

Watch a video showcasing the hard work of the MKC team.


About Agricultural Retailers Association

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry. For more information on current legislative and regulatory issues impacting agricultural retailers, visit


About MKC

MKC, headquartered in Moundridge, Kansas, is a full-service farm cooperative offering a complete line of products, programs, and services for both farm and urban customers throughout Kansas. MKC specializes in grain, agronomy, energy, feed and risk management. The cooperative has more than 11,000 members and 8,000 customers through a wholly-owned subsidiary, Mid-West Fertilizer. More than 600 employees play a key role in the growth and success of the cooperative. MKC’s mission is to create customer, employee, and partner success to provide a safe and sustainable food supply. Learn more about MKC at

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