The Trump Administration recently appointed Grant Menke as the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Iowa. Menke began his new role on Monday, August 6, 2018.
As State Director, Menke will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Iowa. Menke comes to USDA from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association where he served as the organization’s policy director working on behalf of Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel producers. 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 and currently lives in Ankeny with his wife, Susie, and their three boys.