EL RENO, Okla. (AP) -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has made a stop in El Reno to discuss efforts to rebuild and revitalize rural America.

The former Iowa governor said 1,604 loans worth more than $165 million in Oklahoma have been guaranteed through the Single Family Housing Loan program.

Also, the USDA's Farm Service Agency is providing $5.21 million through 111 Direct Operating Farm Loans.

These loans help farms purchase items such as livestock, farm equipment, feed, seed, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance, and other operating expenses.

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