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Release No.STELPRD4010935
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
Landers Recognized for Outstanding Work Efforts
Des Moines, IA, IA, Jun 29, 2011 --

@@Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Trevor Landers 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.

Landers joined USDA Rural Development 22 months ago as a specialist working on agency projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). He is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and can-do work ethic.

“Trevor has proven to be an exceptional team player helping out wherever needed, and always without complaint,” Menner said. “We have come to depend on Trevor for so many different tasks that it would be hard to keep track of them all.”

Landers has made tremendous contributions in USDA Rural Development’s offices in Waverly and Iowa Falls. He has a great relationship with all the ARRA recipients served by those offices and does a tremendous job staying in contact with them during the reporting and tracking phases of their projects.

Landers has grown his knowledge of USDA Rural Development programs by working on more than just ARRA projects. He has also helped several clients with their applications for funds through the agency’s Community Facilities program and the Rural Energy for America Program.

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.

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.

During the past year USDA Rural Development funds have allowed the agency to help create or retain more than 2,200 jobs in rural Iowa, aid 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assist more than 250 rural communities as they make improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the Waverly office at (319) 352-1715 Ext. 4.

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.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at

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