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Agriculture chief touts investments in Ohio college visit

by Associated Press on September 22, 2016

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is highlighting the department’s investments in rural infrastructure projects with a visit to an Ohio college.

Vilsack is visiting Wilmington College in southwest Ohio on Thursday and was expected to tour the college’s newly renovated and expanded Center for the Sciences and Agriculture. That renovation was funded by a $19.7 million loan from the Agriculture Department’s Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.

The center is intended to help attract more young people to farming and agricultural research and stimulate economic development in the community.

The federal department has invested $6.9 billion in loans and grants over the past eight years across more than 8,000 education and health care facilities to help improve resources in rural communities.