The 2019 Golden ARC Awards Winners Announced

Kansas City, MO (AgPR) June 21, 2019 – The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) announced the winners for the 2019 Golden ARC Awards contest on June 20 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Golden ARC Awards contest honors the stellar work created by public relations professionals in the agricultural industry since 1990.

The Golden ARC de Excellence award is given to the best all-around entry in the campaigns division and this year that honor was bestowed 2019 Golden ARC Award Winnersupon a campaign produced by Minneapolis-based agency, Padilla. “Seeding Support for Farm and Food Interests – A Greater Minnesota with Padilla” was entered into the Public Affairs division. Padilla credits John Himle for his work on the campaign.

“The role of a public relations practitioner continues to grow in scope and importance. These professionals are communicating the importance of food, fiber and farming and connecting consumers with producers and production practices,” said Kristy Mach, associate director of ARC.

This year, 15 campaigns and 53 tactics were entered in 30 contest categories. 27 ARC-member organizations entered the 2019 awards contest. The Golden ARC Awards competition is unique in that it is not judged by our peers in agriculture, the Maryland PRSA chapter judged the entries. Entries are judged on a number of objectives including research, planning, creativity, execution and evaluation.

Padilla took home seven Golden ARC awards this year, including the Golden ARC de Excellence award.

Organizations receiving Golden ARC awards and merits are American Farm Bureau Federation, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Archer Malmo, Bader Rutter, Charleston|Orwig, Cogent Consulting and Communications, Inc., Evans, Hardy + Young, Farm Credit East, Filament, G & S Business Communications, Kansas Farm Bureau, Ketchum, Midwest Dairy, MorganMyers, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, New Boston Creative, O+B|P, Padilla, Porter Novelli, Rabo AgriFinance, Seaboard Foods, and Two Rivers Marketing.

The format and requirements for the Golden ARC awards are similar to other leading public relations awards programs, based on best practices for public relations campaigns and tactics. More information is available at the ARC website,

A complete winners’ listing of the 2019 Golden ARC Awards Contest may be found at the following link:


By Tucker Allmer - The BARN

Tucker Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.