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Small business loans to vertical integrators questioned

OIG report criticizes poultry farmers' use of small business loans due to poultry companies’ comprehensive control over the growers.

The ability for farm families to be part of a vertical supply chain and obtain loans to build facilities may be significantly hampered following a recent report on loans to poultry growers.

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