Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced the appointment of Mark E. Reisinger as the Iowa State Director for USDA Rural Development.

"Mark Reisinger has developed an impressive record of service in his advocacy for agriculture and rural issues," said Johanns. "The Bush Administration is pleased to have such a strong advocate for rural America working to enhance the economic opportunities and quality of life of rural Iowa."

Reisinger, from Eldora, Iowa, currently serves as Chief Agricultural Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. He has served in this capacity since 1998. During this time, he has developed and managed numerous legislative proposals related to agriculture, rural development, and renewable energy before the Agriculture, Judiciary, Budget and Finance Committees.

Reisinger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University and Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief for the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

Source: Government Release