Des Moines, Iowa, Jul 06, 2012 -- Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Abbey Wells 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.
Wells, who works in the Des Moines office as a technician in the Business and Housing Program areas, is being recognized for going above and beyond to graciously assist co-workers.
“Abbey’s skills and hard work make her an invaluable team member,” Menner said. “She is the consummate team player, always pitching in where needed and doing what needs to be completed.”
Wells joined USDA Rural Development in 2009 working in the agency’s Storm Lake office. She moved to the Des Moines office in the fall of 2010.
Along with her regular duties working with staff in Iowa, Wells will soon be responsible for training agency staff in a four-state region on how to use an important application tracking program.
“Our reductions in staff have caused many to take on additional duties,” Menner added. “Abbey has taken on more than her fair share, and she has done so with a smile on her face. She is a great asset to our agency.”
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.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas and 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 calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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