Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is celebrating National Agriculture Week by sharing how agriculture impacts our lives.

National Ag Week runs from March 23 to 29 with National Ag Day on March 25. Ag Day is about recognizing and celebrating the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives.

During National Ag Week, Silos & Smokestacks will showcase stories of how agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.

To be part of the Ag Week conversation, visit Silos & Smokestacks Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ssnha or its Twitter page at www.twitter.com/ssnha.

Silos & Smokestacks is encouraging visitors to visit the sites to comment and share how agriculture has impacted their own lives. For those wanting hands-on experience, a number of SSNHA Partner Sites will be celebrating, including:

  • Grout Museum District, Waterloo. The "It's Not Your Grandparent's Farm, Or is It?" exhibit looks at Iowa's rich farming past as well as present methods. A life-size diorama of a farmer's Market immerses visitors in the importance of supporting local Iowa businesses and the families who raise everything from fruits to buffalo.
  • Iowa Dairy Center, Calmar. Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and the Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation invite the public to a dairy barn open house from 2 to 7 p.m. March 27 to view demonstrations of a completed robotic milking system.
  •  Living History Farms, Urbandale. Living History Farms will give away a four-pack of tickets during National Ag Week. They will also be introducing a new blog, "LHF Kids," and the corresponding section of their website devoted to kids, which includes coloring sheets, an interactive game and a guide for touring with children under 5.

"Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of American agriculture every day. Our activities during National Ag Week gives the public a chance to contribute their own piece to the story," said Don Short, president of the organization.

For more information on Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and other Ag Week activities within the region, visit www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is affiliated area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa bordered by Interstate 35 on the west and Interstate 80 on the south.

Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities past and present.

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