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Bomhoff Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Rural Iowans
Des Moines, IA, Apr 11, 2011 --

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Teresa Bomhoff Receives Vilsack-Wallace Award from

USDA Rural Development

Bomhoff Recognized for Outstanding Commitment to Rural Iowans

DES MOINES, Iowa – April 11, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Teresa Bomhoff is receiving this month’s Vilsack-Wallace Award.

The Vilsack-Wallace Award is given each month to a USDA Rural Development employee in Iowa who goes above and beyond their normal work duties to assist rural Iowans and USDA staff.

Bomhoff, who coordinates the agency’s energy programs in Iowa, is being recognized for her outstanding leadership within the USDA mission area and exceptional contributions to rural Iowans.

“Teresa has established an unsurpassed level of excellence and commitment to her USDA team and rural Iowans,” Menner said. “Her impact on Iowa is immeasurable.”

As energy programs coordinator in Iowa, Bomhoff has played a key role in establishing a program that has awarded $126 million to thousands of producers and small businesses since 2002.

In fact, around 40 percent of all USDA Rural Development energy program dollars across the nation have come to Iowa.

“Teresa’s drive and intelligence in the program has made Iowa the national model,” Menner said.

Bomhoff is retiring in May after 38 years of service with USDA.

“As Teresa prepares to retire, we are left with a tremendous void to fill at Rural Development,” Menner added. “We wish Teresa nothing but the best as she begins a new chapter in her life and congratulate her on a job well done.”

The Vilsack-Wallace Award is named for the two most recent Iowans to serve as U.S. Agriculture Secretary.  Tom Vilsack served as Iowa’s governor from 1999 to 2007.  Henry A. Wallace was first Ag Secretary and later Vice President under Frank Delano Roosevelt.  He also perfected the first corn hybrid and founded Hi-Bred Corn, which later became Pioneer Hi-Bred.

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USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender with a variety of direct and guaranteed rural credit programs involving single and multi-family housing, community facilities, water and sewer development and business and cooperative programs.

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call (515) 243-284-4663 or visit

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

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