John Monson, AgStar's senior vice president for investments in rural America, said the program creates an average of 93 jobs for each $20 million investment and has made $566 million in investments in the past five years. The program, though, could be in trouble. President Obama's budget "zeroed out the guaranteed loan program that the Department of Agriculture uses to support partnerships like those coordinated by AgStar," Agri-Pulse reports.
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