Help ARC Keep Growing

The Agricultural Relations Council has 130 members entering 2016 and has grown each year since the association re-organized back in 2010. Our membership includes all those who work in some form of agricultural public relations – from marketing agencies (big and small), agribusiness, state and national commodity associations (crop and livestock), national farm organizations, state/federal government ag agencies, and more.

Also included in our membership are the national officers and state chapter presidents of the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow, through a grant program funded through contributions from Gardner & Gardner Communications. The more diverse our membership is, the stronger the value of that membership.  ARC is a wonderful melting pot of a variety of people and skills in everything from large corporations to sole proprietorships.  What our members have in common is a zeal for excellence in promoting agriculture.

To keep growing, however, the organization needs ARC advocates who will go out, spread the word and find new members.  Have your colleagues and contacts who are not yet ARC members visit our website and see why ARC is the only true organization for public relations professionals.

The ARC board continues to develop more value to your membership, including meaningful webinars and an improved interactive website.  It’s important to keep ARC growing.  The organization has risen from the ashes and the positive energy and motivation to make ARC thrive must be maintained. We encourage all current members to recruit at least one other member to the Agricultural Relations Council. Let your colleagues know the value of belonging—the great networking, excellent annual conference and the professional development.  For companies who want multiple employees to join ARC, we have developed a laddered membership offer that will provide a significant cost savings.   The laddered membership program works like this:

Member #1 — $190*

Member #2 and beyond — $115*

*A fully tax-deductible contribution of $15 is included for the ARC Foundation that will assist ag PR students in industry-related professional development.  If you prefer not to contribute, please notify the ARC office at 952-758-5811.

There has never been a better time to join ARC.  You will find an application online at You can fill out the membership application and email it to or mail with payment to: ARC, PO Box 156, New Prague, MN 56071.  Or you can complete your online membership payment and payment at

ARC is interested in attracting quality members to our roster and make our organization the best in the ag communications industry.

Click here to download the membership application or Click here to apply online

ARC Member Testimonials

“ARC has afforded me the opportunity to network and work with my peers in a way that is not possible outside of the organization. The knowledge sharing has been tremendous and I’ve gained so much in my professional career through my association with ARC.”

– Mike Opperman, Farm Journal Media



“Whether you’re an agricultural communicator for an organization, a company, a large firm or small, the Ag Relations Council is the only organization that fully understands the challenges and the opportunities of our profession. ARC gets ag PR.”

-Mace Thornton, American Farm Bureau Federation



“I have always been impressed with my colleagues in the Agricultural Relations Council. We build productive relationships and learn best practices from each other. Agricultural public relations has its own language that puts professionals in a better position to influence stakeholders and ARC has always helped its members reach a successful level of fluency. I am glad ARC is back and seeing its membership increasing.”

– Steve Mercer, U.S. Wheat Associates, Inc.