Grant Menke serves as the Director of Market Development for Iowa Corn where he focuses on growing demand for Iowa corn through biofuels, livestock, international trade, and other key market opportunities. Menke comes to Iowa Corn from USDA Rural Development in Iowa, where he served as the agency’s State Director. Prior to USDA, Menke worked 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 three boys, J.J., Luke and Winn.