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.
2023 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.
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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 dot.com 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.