Based in northeast Iowa, the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area honored the Heritage Area's finest members during its 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, of Williamsburg, were honored as a Hero in American Agriculture. This award 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."
Soo Greiman, SSNHA Board of Trustees/K-Line Farms Inc., of Hudson, was honored as an Outstanding Volunteer. This award recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.
Iowa Pork Producers Association, headquartered in Clive, is the Outstanding Partner. This honor goes to an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and has partnered with Silos & Smokestacks on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area.
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Iowa's Dairy Center, at Calmar, is honored for Outstanding Interpretation. This award honors a Silos & Smokestacks' Partner Site that has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.
Iowa Barn Foundation, based at Nevada in central Iowa, is honored for Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture. This award goes to an individual, organization, project, business, agency, or local government who has shown extraordinary effort in preserving the icons of American agriculture.
Grout Museum District, Voices of Iowa Oral History Project - Farm Stories, located in Waterloo, received the Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary Award. It 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.
Iowa's Dairy Center, at Calmar, is the People's Choice "Site of the Year" winner. This is a traveling award that honors a Heritage Area Partner Site that has been voted for by the public as the "Site of the Year." Finalists included Heartland Acres Agribition Center, at Independence, and Hurstville Interpretive Center, at 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.
Innovation, forward thinking, a "Hero In American Agriculture"
"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.
SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities - past and present.
For more information visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org/.