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Release No.STELPRD4011597
ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
Arthur Recognized for Outstanding Work Efforts
Des Moines, IA, Aug 04, 2011 --

@@DES MOINES, Iowa – August 4, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that John Arthur is this month’s Vilsack-Wallace Award recipient for exceptional contributions to USDA Rural Development in Iowa.

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.

Arthur serves as the Area Director for both the Tipton and Mt. Pleasant USDA Rural Development offices. He is being recognized for his outstanding knowledge, experience, and commitment to his work and is an outstanding supervisor and leader.

“John is an exceptional member of the USDA Rural Development leadership team and it is a pleasure to work with him,” said Menner. “We have come to depend on John for so many different tasks that it would be hard to keep track of them all.”

Arthur has made tremendous contributions in USDA Rural Development’s offices in Tipton and Mt. Pleasant. He has a great relationship with his employees who convey that they enjoy coming to work every day and feel encouraged to develop their skills under his leadership.

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 the first Ag Secretary and later Vice President under Franklin 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 Tipton office at (563) 886-6006 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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