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    Silos & Smokestacks Honors Those Telling America’s Agricultural Story

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    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area’s finest during their 11th Annual Golden Silo Awards Luncheon, Wednesday, April 1, at the Kinze Innovation Center in Williamsburg, Iowa. Awards are presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in preserving and telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present. The following individuals and organizations were recognized for their contributions:


    Jon Kinzenbaw and Kinze Manufacturing, Williamsburg, IA
    Hero in American Agriculture
    Honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has been a catalyst to revolutionize the industry of agriculture. By doing just what they did, they changed the way we feed the world.


    Grout Museum District, Voices of Iowa Oral History Project – Farm Stories, Waterloo, IA
    Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary
    Honors an individual, organization, business, agency, or local government who has shown sustained support for the Heritage Area for more than five years, created a legacy in heritage development that has made all the difference, and provided leadership in the heritage development movement. Named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service whose vision was so critical to our very creation as a National Heritage Area.

    Soo Soo Greiman, SSNHA Board of Trustees/K-Line Farms Inc., Hudson, IA
    Outstanding Volunteer
    Recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
    IPPA Iowa Pork Producers Association,
    Clive, IA
    Outstanding Partner
    Honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with Silos & Smokestacks on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area.
    Dairy Iowa’s Dairy Center, Calmar, IA
    Outstanding Interpretation
    Honors a Silos & Smokestacks’ Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.
    Iowa Barn Iowa Barn Foundation, Nevada, IA
    Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
    Honors an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.
    People's Choice Iowa’s Dairy Center, Calmar, IA
    People’s Choice “Site of the Year
    A traveling award that honors a Heritage Area Partner Site who has been voted for by the public as the “Site of the Year.” Finalists included Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence and Hurstville Interpretive Center, Maquoketa.

    Surprise guest Jon Kinzenbaw, President and CEO of Kinze Manufacturing, shared Kinze’s story of 50 years of “Innovations in Agriculture.” Attendees also had the chance to see these innovations firsthand through tours of the Kinze Innovation Center and Manufacturing Plant. These tours traced the history of Kinze from its humble beginning, while sharing the technological breakthroughs of founder and inventor Jon Kinzenbaw.

    “The innovations of Jon Kinzenbaw and other forward thinking Iowans helped to establish America as a leader in global agriculture. It’s these important stories that the Heritage Area is working to preserve and honor through our Golden Silo Awards,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy for their support of this year’s awards luncheon, along with The Iowan Magazine for sponsoring the People’s Choice “Site of the Year” award. For detailed presentation notes or photos of the event, please email Aaron Steinmann, SSNHA Marketing & Communications Manager at or call 319-234-4567.

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