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ContactDarin Leach515-284-4747
(NOVEMBER 19, 2013) RENEE CROCK RECEIVES VILSACK-WALLACE AWARD FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Crock Recognized for Outstanding Dedication Serving Rural Iowans and Assisting Co-Workers
Des Moines, Iowa -, Nov 19, 2013 --

@@Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, today announced that Renee Crock 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.

Crock is a rural housing technician in the agency’s Tipton office. She has been with the USDA Rural Development for nine years.

“Renee’s attention to detail and organizational skills are exceptional,” Menner said. “She is always looking for ways to enhance efficiency and communication, and organize the office workflow. Her approach is quite meticulous.”

Crock has worked on many USDA Rural Development programs during the past nine years and has recently begun assisting with the agency’s programs that provide rural Iowans with access to home loans, as well as loans and grants to help residents make needed home repairs.

“Renee is always willing to take on new challenges,” Menner added. “And she always does so with a tremendous attitude of service to her co-workers and the rural Iowans who use our programs.”

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.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling the Tipton office at (563) 886-6006 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Scott Counties.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities and areas.  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.

USDA Rural Development is working with rural communities to create jobs, expand opportunity, encourage innovation and build a strong foundation for the future. The agency currently administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility loan and grant programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents and farmers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.

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