Agricultural Relations Council issues call for Golden ARC Award entries

Farm Forum

St. Paul, MN — The 2016 Golden ARC Awards Contest will begin accepting entries, February 1, 2016 and continue through April 1, 2016. The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) offers public relations professionals the opportunity to obtain feedback on their entries, while seeing how they stack up against the best in the business. This year’s contest will again allow entrants to submit their entire entry online, thus easing the entry process.

Professionals wishing to enter the 2016 competition, with work completed in full or partially in 2015, should visit A complete list of the 46 revised categories for 2016, reflecting the evolution of agricultural public relations and with an added focus on social media, can be found at and at

Entries may be submitted until April 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST with an entry fee of $175. Both ARC members and non-members may enter the competition. Non-members pay an additional $190 with the first entry, thereby becoming a member of the respected organization. New ARC members who have not entered in the past may contact Adelita at or 254-445-4333 to set up a profile. This profile must be set up at least 24 hours before entries can be accepted.

Winners will gather and share in their accolades at the ARC annual meeting, June 21- 23, 2016 in St. Paul, MN. The Golden ARC de Excellence award for the best all-around entry in the campaigns division will also be presented at the awards dinner.

The Golden ARC Awards Program began in 1990 and came to be recognized as the most esteemed award in the agricultural public relations industry. The restructured Contest reflects the many hats worn by today’s PR practitioner – with categories recognizing everything from full campaigns to tactics such as media relations and innovative new uses of social media.

The Golden ARC Awards contest honors the stellar work created by professionals in the agricultural industry. Reinstituted in 2010, the Golden ARC Contest since has recognized 119 Golden ARC winners, 109 merit award winners and four Golden ARC de Excellence award recipients. The format and requirements for the Golden ARC Awards are similar to other leading PR awards programs, based on best practices for public relations and public affairs campaigns and tactics.