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Ag secretary tells farmers more loan money is coming

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It's getting easier for farmers to get direct federal loans.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in West Salem yesterday that $760 million has been made available for USDA ownership and operating loans that were previously approved, but were not funded until now.

Vilsack, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Gov. Jim Doyle all appeared at the La Crosse Interstate Fair in West Salem.

It was part of a rural tour set up by the Obama administration.

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