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Seed Savers Heritage Seeds on Sale at Heartland Acres

Packets of seeds

For the eighth year Heartland Acres Agribition Center is an outlet for “Seed Savers” of Decorah, Iowa.

Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers, heirloom seeds can now be purchased in the Gift Shoppe at Heartland Acres Agribition Center.

Seed Savers Exchange saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our gardening heritage. When people grow and save seeds, they join ancient traditions as stewards, nurturing our diverse, fragile genetic and cultural heritage. Seed Savers is one of more than 100 U.S. seed companies that have signed the Safe Seed Pledge.

Gardeners from every corner of the world have brought seeds when their families immigrated to America. Throughout the colonial period, traditional seeds brought by European settlers enriched the legacy of food crops that Native Americans have grown and traded for centuries. Shrinking rural populations, elderly gardeners often cannot find younger relatives who will continue to grow their living heirlooms. Future generations of gardeners will never enjoy those unique tastes and textures. Valuable genetic characteristics are lost forever. Seed Savers Exchange was founded in 1975 and has helped preserve our heritage.

Seed Savers Exchange and Heartland Acres Agribition Center are both listed as Partner Sites of Silos and Smokestacks. Pick up your brochure at either site to see what exciting day trips you can visit this year.

Remember – “The early bird gets the worm” (or seeds). Stop by today – 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence, Iowa 50644 exit #252 on Hwy. #20.

For more information about Heartland Acres please visit us at  or call (319) 332.0123 or find us on Facebook.

World's Largest Vintage Tractor Auction Returns to Davenport

Davenport auction logo

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’, the largest vintage-tractor auction company, will return to the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa, March 30-April 1, for its 2017 Spring Classic auction with more than 400 vintage tractors and 300 rare signs and farm relics consigned from across the nation.

The spotlight will shine radiantly on a legendary powerhouse: a 1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 (Lot S44) with front-wheel assist that would be a dominating anchor to any tractor collection. For International enthusiasts, a 1968 International 1256 (Lot S65) with front-wheel assist from the Steve Sickafoose Collection, complete with a rebuilt motor and a new clutch, is a can’t-miss machine. John Deere lovers will be dazzled with a rare 1938 John Deere BWH-40 (Lot F39), one of only 16, and completely restored with new paint. Prairie-gold enthusiasts will be captivated with the 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX (Lot F49) that will be offered. This tractor was the first tractor built with a cab and was labeled the ‘Comfortractor.’ It was designed with a dual purpose—for use in the field and to drive to town, with the ability to reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour. Only 125 of these rare gems were built.

In addition to the individual auction highlights, there will be 13 private collections offered at the Gone Farmin’ 2017 Spring Classic including a group of nine tractors from the late founder of the Chik-fil-A Corporation: Truett Cathy. Other tractor collections include four Internationals from the aforementioned Steve Sickafoose Collection, a group of four steel-wheeled John Deere tractors from the 1920s and ‘30s from the Richard Nelson Collection, 11 tractors from the George Ashbacher Collection, six meticulously restored International and Farmall tractors from the King Collection and five beautifully restored tractors, including the Allis-Chalmers D10 Series 2 (Lot F151) from the Don Russell Carlisle Iowa Museum Collection.

In addition to the tractors up for auction, more than 300 rare signs and farm relics will be offered on Friday, March 31, following the tractors, including a rare single-sided wood smalt-paint John Deere sign (Lot M65).

An auction preview will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center. Food will be provided and live music will be performed by Back Country Roads.

To register as a bidder for the Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic vintage tractor auction, visit Admission is $10 per person, per day. Tickets are available at the door; children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission. Portions of the auction will be broadcast on RFD-TV, and a live stream of the entire event will be presented at For more information about the auction, to consign a tractor or to register to bid, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA

1970 Allis-Chalmers 220 FWA (Lot S44). Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions.

About Mecum Auctions

The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 30 years, now offering more than 20,000 lots per year. Headquartered in Walworth, Wisconsin, Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle and Road Art sales. In 2010, Dan Mecum launched the Gone Farmin’ tractor division within the company and has since grown it into a thriving venture now offering four auctions each year. For further information, visit or call (262) 275-5050. Follow along with Mecum’s social media news and join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.


Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic
March 30-April 1, 2017
Mississippi Valley Fair Center
2815 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52804

Admission: $10 per person, per day; tickets available at the door. Children 12 and younger receive complimentary admission.

Preview: From 4-7 p.m., on Thursday, March 30. Food will be available and entertainment provided by Back Country Roads.

Tractor Auction: Tractors will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and Signs and Farm Relics will follow tractors on Friday.

1938 John Deere BWH-40

1938 John Deere BWH-40 (Lot F39).

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX

1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX (Lot F49).

DR Power Equipment to Introduce New ATV Attachments in April

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DR Power Equipment (a Generac® Company), for 30 years the industry leader in professional-grade power equipment for homeowners, has announced its April 2017 launch of the most complete line-up ever of tow-behind implements for ATV and UTV owners.

“Lots of companies carry a few ATV attachments,” says company President, Matt Bieber. “But with our existing line of truly unique tow-behind DR tools, we saw the opportunity to add to it, creating perhaps the first ever one-stop shopping experience for ATV owners.”

“We offer all of our specialized tow-behind tools for property maintenance – Field and Brush Mowers, Finish Mowers, Trimmer/Mowers, Tillers, Power Graders, heavy-duty Dump Trailers, Lawn Sweepers, and Power Sprayers; and now we have added a full line ATV tools specifically designed for small scale farming.”

The company’s new ATV Attachments line will also include a full new line of tow-behind Cultivators, Drag Harrows, Disc Harrows, Cultipackers, Receiver/Spreaders, and Landscape Rakes – everything an ATV owner might need to grow food, or to create food plots to attract game.

"ATV attachments are a natural for us," says Bieber, "since more than half of our current customers already own an ATV or UTV. They've already made the bigger investment, so adding a work attachment or two is an efficient way for them to get more value out of their vehicle."

The ATV/UTV market is robust, with well over 500,000 units sold each year. Research shows that a large segment of ATV and UTV owners are using their units for general chore and property maintenance along with recreation. DR Power believes that there is a market opportunity in offering property care tools which help ATV and UTV owners get the most out of their machines. Since the introduction of the DR Trimmer/Mower in 1987, DR Power has been dedicated to improving the experience of caring for country properties. The expansion of ATV towable equipment is a natural development of DR Power’s core product lines.

In keeping with the company’s one-stop shopping theme, all of these implements are available online at factory-direct prices with free shipping (some limitations apply) and come with 6-month home trials.

Beginning in April 2017, information on the all new DR ATV Attachments HQ, including its completely new line of small-scale farming tools, will be available at

DR ® Power Equipment , a division of Country Home Products, Inc.(a Generac® company), the premier developer and marketer of professional-grade outdoor equipment for residential use, was founded in 1985 in Charlotte, Vermont. Today it occupies three facilities and employs 220 people. For more information, visit the web site at

Premier and Iowa State University to Host Sheep Field Day

Sheep at Sheep Field Day

Iowa State University and Premier 1 Supplies will host a Sheep Field Day at Premier’s facilities, on Saturday, Feb. 18. There will be multiple seminars from industry researchers and representatives.

Speakers are Professor Dan Morrical of Iowa State University, Dr. Travis Hoffman of North Dakota State University, Dr. Richard Ehrhardt of Michigan State University, Lesa Eidman of Superior Farms (California) and Stan Potratz of Premier 1 Supplies (Washington, Iowa).

Topics of discussion will include: lamb quality, how to succeed with forage crops, pros and cons of accelerated lambing, impact of micro minerals on feeding sheep, what do lamb buyers like and dislike, and hands on teaching of critical winter shepherding skills. Tours will be provided of Premier’s barns and unique lambing facilities.

Cost is $20 per person, collected the day of the event. A lamb lunch is included with the price. Please RSVP ahead of time via the Premier 1 Supplies website.

Additional sponsors are Iowa State University, Superior Farms, the American Lamb Board, and the Iowa Sheep and Wool Promotion Board.

Premier has provided electric fence and netting, sheep and goat supplies, clippers and shears, poultry supplies, and expert advice for over 30 years.

ATCA Mid-Hudson Chapter 14th Annual Antique Truck Show

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Join us at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, New York, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 13, 2017, for antique trucks, tractors and more at the Antique Truck Club of America’s Mid-Hudson Chapter show! Easy access off NYS Thruway exit 18 or from route 44/55. Lots of space for trucks, vendors and spectator parking. All trucks and tractors 25 years and older welcomed. Food and refreshments available on-site. Show truck registration $5.00 per truck – dash plaques for the first 75 vehicles.

Pre-registered/prepaid truck-related vendors welcome. Vendor spaces are $25.00 for 10ft x 20ft space.

Contact info: Wayne Otis/Mike Fowler – 845-255-6211/845 883-7191

DuFour Tractor Parts

Old tractors awaiting restoration

DuFour Tractor Parts in Nashville, North Carolina, sells parts for most brands of tractors. With over 3,800 new parts in stock, from paint to piston rings, and thousands more available, we are sure we can help you find the right part. We also sell used tractor parts from more than 75 different models of older tractors. We will be glad to ship parts anywhere. Currently our new parts page gives examples of what we have to offer, and we are adding products to the site daily. We will soon be adding online ordering, but until we get that up and running, please call or email to ask about the specific parts you need!

Contact info:
Jason DuFour
DuFour Tractor Parts
3369 Old Bailey Highway
Nashville, NC 27856
(252) 230-6387