The 2018 Golden ARC Awards Contest will accept entries through May 1, 2018.

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 2018 competition, with work completed in full or partially in 2017, should visit A complete list of the revised categories, reflecting the evolution of agricultural public relations and with an added focus on social media, can be found here.

Entries may be submitted until May 1, 2018 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 Kristy Mach at or 952-758-5811 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 20-22, 2018 in Louisville, KY. 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.  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.


Contact: Kristy Mach

Contest Manager

Golden ARC Awards Contest

Tel: 952.758.5811




Judging Criteria


Deadlines & Fees

Submission Guidelines

Online Entry Directions

Winners Archive