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Iowa Proud: Heartland Acres

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

Take a look around Heartland Acres Agribition Center and you'll see what Iowa agriculture is all about.

There are tractors, of course, including the waterloo boy - made just a few miles away. There are also animals, a covered wagon and even some corn.

"Everybody's hungry for some knowledge of where did my food come from?" said executive director Craig Johnson. "It's getting more talked about, but I think we've lost touch with the land. Heartland Acres' mission is to bring that story, keep it going forward."

Heartland Acres started with an idea in 2001, got built in the middle of the decade, opened in 2007 and continues to grow today - thanks to community support and sponsorships.

It's not just about agriculture, though.

Classic cars dot part of the exhibition space and the events center is booked solid with weddings, parties, and other special occasions.

In the end, it all comes back to farm history- even a little recent history.

Take Big Bud, for instance - the world's largest farm tractor. They have a trailer just for the tire. This tractor is in the Guinness book of world records.

There's something else you can't see here that's important - the stories told by those who farmed a generation ago.

"We're in the last generation of people that had their hands on this equipment where they ran it or saw their dad run it," said Johnson. "Keeping those memories alive are important to us."

It's telling the story of farming - Iowa farming - that's heartland acres mission.

"A lot of times I'll say ‘Heartland Acres is significant today', but 50-100 years from now, the stories that will be told out of heartland acres are probably gonna be that much more important to generations to come." said Johnson.

Heartland Acres and the stories and equipment of Iowa agriculture, making Iowa proud.

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