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Plant Genomics Exhibit Opens April 21

Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, IA will be hosting the Plant Genomics exhibit from April 21, 2015 through June 18, 2015.

Plant Genomics examines Earth’s most Crucial living Creatures – plants – and investigates the important contributions genomics researchers are making to agriculture, human health, and the environment.  Visitors discover interactive games, groundbreaking research, and learning opportunities.

Plant Genomics includes several stations.  Each one focuses on a particular concept and incorporates interactive elements:

O2: Explore how plants create the oxygen and nutrients all other life depends on, and see why it is a good thing we can find plants almost everywhere on the planet.  Discover how genomics research can help us solve the environmental puzzles we face.

The DNA Diner: Place your genetic order and learn how proteins are made.

Assemble the Puzzle: Put together the research puzzle by learning more about important fields of study.

This traveling exhibit is brought to you by the Grout Museum District. It is sponsored by Peterson Genetics and Monsanto/Kruger.  Additional support provided by ConAgra Foods and Heartland Acres.

For more information about Heartland Acres please call (319) 332.0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Heartland Acres Agribition Center Plans Saturday, June 13, 2015 Tractor Ride

The Heartland Acres Tractor Ride is on again for 2015.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 13, 2015.  The ride will start at 8:30 am from the Heartland Acres parking lot at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., in Independence, Iowa.

Entry fee per tractor is $25.00.

Entry forms are due by May 31, 2015:

2015 Tractor Ride Entry Form

all entry forms are also available at Heartland Acres admission office.

This year the ride will travel to John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo with several stops along the route. Get your tractor ready today!

For more information about Heartland Acres please call (319) 332.0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.

Heartland Acres Needs Your Help!

Friends, directors, staff and supporters of Heartland Acres,

We need your help!

Vote for Heartland Acres for Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area People’s Choice “Site of the Year” here with the first round of voting starting Monday, March 16 and ending March 22. Second round voting starts March 24 – 30.

More information on the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area People’s Choice “Site of the Year” can be found on the Silos & Smokestacks website.

Heartland Acres brings our agricultural heritage to life in an engaging and interesting way for visitors to learn. Visitors gain an understanding of agricultural innovations and issues which help them to grow and be inspired by our rich agricultural heritage. This is what makes Heartland Acres stand out and worthy of the 2015 Silos and Smokestacks “Site of the Year” award.

We won in 2010 and are asking for your help again to make it happen again. Please vote for Heartland Acres and get your friends and family to vote too!

Governor Branstad visits Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence

Heartland Acres welcomed Governor Branstad while he was in the area on business.  The governor made time in his schedule to see what all was new at Heartland Acres for the coming tourist season.

On this visit to Heartland Acres the Governor viewed a recently loaned 1954 Corvette Convertible in the Car Museum, a 1963 Farmall 806 Diesel which won Grand Champion – Year One award at the 2014 Iowa State Fair, and also had an opportunity to see the hands on activities.  The tour was accompanied by city and county representatives as well as Heartland Acres board members and volunteers.

Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes as identified on the Travel Iowa website.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at or call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.

Pictured L to R: Don Brown- Independence City Council member, Ralph Kremer –Heartland Acres volunteer, Al Roder - City Manager for Independence, Eric Smith - Heartland Acres Board Member, Leanne Harrison – President, Buchanan County Historical Society, Craig Johnson – Heartland Acres Executive Director, Governor Branstad, and Bonita Davis- Mayor of Independence.

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