USDA Rural Development Director for Iowa named

DES MOINES, Iowa-   Grant Menke, formerly with the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association has been appointed by the Trump Administration as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Iowa.   

Menke began his new role August 6th.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Menke previously served as policy director for the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.   Prior to that position he worked in Washington, D.C. on the United States Senate Committee on Finance staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.

Menke, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was raised on a corn and soybean farm near Calumet, Iowa, in rural O’Brien County.

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