WATERLLO, IOWA (November 15, 2017) - Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) honored the Heritage Area's finest during its 13th Annual Golden Silo Awards & Barn Party, Friday, Nov. 10, at The Winneshiek Hotel & Opera House, Decorah. 

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:

* Alan Hutchings Outstanding Visionary
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture 
The Golden Silo Award for The 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. This is the eighth year for this award, named for Alan Hutchings of the National Park Service whose vision was so critical to our very creation as National Heritage Area. 

* Outstanding Friend 
Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Friend to Silos & Smokestacks honors an organization, institution, or individual who has shown support and partnered with SSNHA on numerous occasions to support the mission of the Heritage Area. 

* Outstanding Partner Site
Carnegie Cultural Center, New Hampton, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award Partner Site honors a Partner Site who has shown excellence in interpreting the story of American agriculture.

* Outstanding Preservation in Agriculture
Harriman-Nielsen Historic Farm, Hampton, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award for 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. 

* Outstanding Volunteer 
Audrey Savage, Monticello, Iowa
The Golden Silo Award for Outstanding Volunteer recognizes an individual who has given tirelessly to the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Thank you to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, UNI Rod Library and UNI Museums for support of this year's awards event. 

Through a network of sites, programs and events, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area tells the story of farm life and agribusiness-past and present. Visitors can learn about and experience agriculture at a variety of museums, historic sites, and farms. One of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The heritage area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. To plan your visit, go to www.silosandsmokestacks.org.


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