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    Governor declares April “It Takes An Iowan Month”

    April 06, 2016

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    Governor declares April “It Takes An Iowan Month”

    Des Moines, IOWA –Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared April 2016 “It Takes An Iowan Month.”


    On April 4 representatives from historical sites, museums, farms and business gathered at the State Capitol in Des Moines for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area’s (SSHNA) 2016 Legislative Showcase. While there, the proclamation was shared to celebrate Silos & Smokestacks and Iowans, past and present, for their integral role in the advancement of agriculture.


    “Agriculture is an industry that is key to our nation’s growth and prosperity,” said Silos & Smokestacks President Cara Miller. “Sharing the story of agriculture through the wonderful sites and rich stories here in Iowa is very special.”


    Spanning a 37 county-region in Northeast Iowa, Silos & Smokestacks is celebrating its 20th year as the only federally designated National Heritage Area in the country to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture. National Heritage Areas are places designated by Congress where natural, cultural and historic resources combine to tell a story that celebrates our nation’s diverse heritage. Through partnerships with farms, museums, and historic sites, Silos & Smokestacks educates and inspires generations to discover agriculture in everyday life.


    In Summer 2015, the Silos & Smokestacks launched a new traveling exhibit at the Iowa State Fair, “It Takes An Iowan.” The exhibit focuses on Iowans as leaders in the ongoing endeavor of providing food for the nation and the world. “It Takes An Iowan” features interviews and commentary from Iowa farmers, educators, inventors and agriculture leaders including United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. To follow the exhibit’s progress or to see where it will be on display next, visit


    To learn more about Silos & Smokestacks, its 115 partner sites, or to plan a summer road trip, visit


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