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Sept. 3 – Annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing

The annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing entry forms are available HERE.

The event is being held at River Ridge Golf Course in Independence, Iowa on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Teams for the annual Heartland Acres Golf outing will once again be playing for Hole in One prizes as well as a variety of beef and pork packages for team and individual prizes as well as raffle prizes.  A new car is still the top Hole in One prize this year.

For more information on the annual golf outing, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Heartland Acres and the annual golf outing please call Brian or Craig at (319) 332.0123 or see Heartland Acres on Facebook.


RATH Packing exhibit donor visits Heartland Acres

Members of the Jim Vogel family pose with the RATH Packing exhibit containing items donated by Jim. From Left to Right: Joe, Jim, Pat, Rhonda, Marty, and Matti.

Exhibits at Heartland Acres come from some of the simplest ideas.  One recently opened exhibit, RATH Packing, came about by the generous donation of items from Jim Vogel.  Last year Jim moved from his home in Jesup to assisted living and needed to downsize.  After coming to terms with all of his RATH memorabilia he elected to donate them to Heartland Acres.

The exhibit contains a variety of meat and lard buckets along with items used by employees, toys and signage.  The exhibit also attracted the attention of other museum visitors who came forward with clothing, related exhibits items, as well as historic paperwork and media articles to add to the exhibit.

After many years of being one of Iowa’s largest employers and producer of a variety of food products, RATH filed for bankruptcy in the early 1980’s.  The closing left employees looking for new jobs during the trying times of the Farm Crisis and ended the history of one of our nations’ largest meat packers.

Our agricultural heritage is filled with many other stories telling how agriculture has survived and changed over the years.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit our homepage, give us a call (319.332.0123) or find us on Facebook.


2014 Heartland Acres Golf Outing – September 3rd

Pictured: Justin Hein from Security State Bank completes a put during the 2013 Heartland Acres Annual Golf Outing held at River Ridge Golf Course in Independence, IA. The golf outing returns to River Ridge on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Plans are underway for the annual Heartland Acres Agribition Center Golf Outing being held at River Ridge Golf Course in Independence, Iowa on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Teams for the annual Heartland Acres Golf outing will once again be playing for Hole in One prizes sponsored by Dunlap Motors of Independence as well as a variety of beef and pork packages for team and individual prizes.  “We continued to have great support from our teams and sponsors over the years for our major fund raiser of the year,” commented Craig Johnson Executive Director.   The annual golf outing was started in 2008 by Heartland Acres supporters and has remained a cornerstone event for the benefit for the agricultural exhibits shown throughout the 45,000 square foot agricultural museum and event center located in Independence, IA.

Entry forms are posted on line (click here to download one) and will also be available at the admissions desk in the museum.   Prizes for individuals and teams will include several new items this year and will also include the time tested favorite of beef and pork products.   Several hole-in-one prizes will also be offered including a new car, a trip, and assorted golf related products.  The last hole in one was captured by Pat Mahoney in 2011 who won as set of Calloway RAZR drivers.

Proceeds from the outing support educational exhibits which help visitors learn about the history and future of agriculture.

For more information about Heartland Acres and the annual golf outing please or call Brian or Craig at (319) 332.0123.

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Heartland Acres Featured on KCRG’s “Our Town”

Heartland Acres is featured in a KCRG’s “Our Town” segment. Check out the video!

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — There’s a rich history of farming in Iowa. That’s why Heartland Acres Agribition Center is showcasing how far agriculture has come and where it is going.

“We’ve got a lot of stories to tell that will educate people on agriculture,” Craig Johnson, Heartland Acres Executive Director, said.

An idea that started in 2003 was taking shape during TV9’s last visit in Our Town Independence in 2006. Since it opened in 2007, Johnson says visitors from around the world have walked through the doors to learn about Iowa’s farm history.

“We really want them to experience agriculture — see the items that we have on display and get a feel for what agriculture used to be like, and not only that, but also get an idea of what might be coming in the future for agriculture,” Johnson said.

Old tractors, equipment, farm animals and an old one room school house piece together the past and the present of life in the Midwest.

Heartland Acres also features a lot of old cars — it’s like a drive through time.

“The cars represent the decades, each decade following the horseless carriage,” Johnson said. “And in the car museum, you’re going to see some beautiful cars, they are unique to Heartland Acres and just one of a kind.”

Johnson said they always try to have something new on display, and every six months they change out a few displays.

Heartland Acres is open for tours seven days a week during the summer and weekdays only during the winter months.

Text & video courtesy of KCRG.com


Heartland Acres Family Fishing Day Returns Sunday July 13

Scott, Janet, James and Grace Henderson enjoy Family Fishing Day on Swan Lake

Family Fishing Day will be Sunday, July 13 at Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa.  The campus will allow fishing on Swan Lake to guests as part of their regular paid museum admission.  Annual or lifetime members of Heartland Acres will be able to fish at no extra charge.

Fishing will run from noon to 4:00 PM on the second Sunday of the month through September 2014.  Wristbands to fish Swan Lake will be available at the admission desk in the museum.  Swan Lake holds a variety of fish including Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill and Bass.  For these events, anglers will be allowed to “catch and keep” all Crappie, Large Mouth Bass, and Bluegill.  All other fish are to be catch and release.

Fishing will be allowed from the shore only.  Anglers are to bring their own gear. Simple gear including: poles, 1/8 oz jigs, twister tails, hooks and sinkers will work fine. Worms make the best bait and will be supplied lakeside at no charge, courtesy of Ben and Jill Bigler from The Bait Shoppe.  Anglers are to follow all Iowa fishing laws and regulations and are required to have a valid Iowa Fishing License and be good sportsmen.

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

Heartland Acres is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.