WASHINGTON – During National Parks Week, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) introduced legislation to support the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA), an affiliate of the National Park Service (NPS). The Protecting the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act will ensure the organization can continue to preserve and tell the history of Iowa and American agriculture and its global significance.
 
“Iowa has a rich history of agriculture and rural traditions. Our National Heritage Area provides educational opportunities to folks in Iowa and tourists from around the country,” Grassley said. “Silos and Smokestacks is a great resource so that the next generation can learn about Iowa history.”
 
“Iowa’s agriculture heritage is an instrumental part of our state and nation’s history and our prominence on the world stage. At the start of National Parks Week, I’m glad to team up with Senator Grassley to ensure the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area can continue to share the story of agriculture and highlight the rural communities that are and will continue to be the backbone of our country,” Ernst said.
   

The Protecting the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act extends funding for SSNHA through 2031. The Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area. It is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the NPS.