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Evolution of the Heartland has a desire to help tell the story of rural Iowa to a variety of people unfamiliar with agriculture and rural Iowa. To do this, we partner with influencers who have a similar target audience and mission to revitalize rural Iowa. We select up to three influencers per event to partner with. We also provide media credentials for editorial representatives from accredited news media outlets. Influencers and media must register in advance using the online registration form below. 

Those registered by July 15, 2023, will receive a credentials packet by mail. Requests received after that date will be held for pick-up at registration.

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Call for Influencers

Are you a blogger, content creator, or a digital storyteller? Apply to participate in the next Evolution of the Heartland.

Do not miss the opportunity to help tell the story of the ‘evolution of the heartland’ by capturing beautiful photo/video content, writing engaging blog posts and news articles, or sharing these stories in other creative ways. 

You can be selected to become our next contributor for the Evolution of the Heartland.

Interact with local farmers, entrepreneurs, and innovators as well as Iowa’s leaders and next generation of leaders who are changing Iowa’s landscape. Share your story with your community of fans and help us revitalize rural Iowa. 

To Apply

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Evolution of the Heartland Wins Two Iowa Tourism Awards
Emerge Marketing Solutions was awarded the ‘Outstanding Marketing Collaboration’ award and the ‘Outstanding Social Media Execution’ award for their work with Evolution of the Heartland at the 2024 Iowa Tourism
Premiere Iowa Agritourism Event Scales Across the State
The original Evolution of the Heartland event was held in Manning and Audubon in 2022 and again in 2023, and this year it is scaling across the state to be
Agritourism Event Highlights Agriculture and Rural Iowa
Manning, IA – Enjoying yak meatballs, holding a one week-old ostrich, taste-testing local wines and whiskey, and exploring two western Iowa communities were just a few unique highlights of the
Community Tailgate will be held at the Hausbarn Heritage Park on August 3rd
Manning, IA – Locals are invited to the Evolution of the Heartland Community Tailgate from 5:30-9pm at the Manning Hausbarn Heritage Park on August 3rd, 2023. The tailgate will feature
Locals Invited to Agritourism Event on August 3, 2023
July 10, 2023, Manning, IA – Manning and Audubon are excited to partner to host a unique agritourism event called ‘Evolution of the Heartland,’ on August 3rd, 2023. This immersive
Second Annual Agritourism Event Features Rural Iowa Roots
June, 26, 2023, Manning, IA – The rural Western Iowa communities of Manning and Audubon are excited to partner to host a unique agritourism event called ‘Evolution of the Heartland,’

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2023 Influencers

Darcy Maulsby

A fifth generation farmer and Iowa’s Storyteller, Darcy Maulsby is no stranger to rural Iowa. She grew up on a Century Farm in northwestern Iowa where her family grew corn and soybeans and had a farrow-to-finish hog operation. She was a child of the 1980’s farm crisis and was floundering about what to do when she decided to attend Central College in Pella, Iowa with a general communications major. 

While she thought she had found her niche as an agricultural online editor, it was in the days of the crash in the early 2000s, and she was laid off. She decided to go back to the farm and has been there ever since, continuing to tell Iowa’s best stories.

Olio in Iowa

Started in May 2012 by Iowa transplant Megan Bannister, Olio in Iowa began as a way to explore and share the best of the city of Des Moines.

Since then Olio in Iowa has evolved into a travel and lifestyle blog showcasing all of the quirky, offbeat attractions the Midwest has to offer.


Des Moines Parent

Erin Huiatt is Des Moines Parent. Des Moines Parent is an online community for central Iowa parents.

She provides tips, ideas, events, activities, and suggestions to get fellow parents through the day. Her target audience includes families with children of all ages. She also include fun date night ideas too!