Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Grant Menke serves as the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Iowa. Menke had served as Vice President of Market Development for Iowa Corn where he focused on growing demand for Iowa corn through biofuels, livestock, international trade, and other key market opportunities. Prior to Iowa Corn, Menke served as the agency’s State Director of the USDA Rural Development in Iowa and as the Policy Director for Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, and even earlier, he held a position in Washington, D.C. on the United States Senate Finance Committee staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. Menke, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was raised on a corn and soybean farm near Calumet, Iowa, in rural O’Brien County, and currently lives in Ankeny with his wife, Susie, and their four boys.