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  • Kyle Hindbaugh, left, and his father, Ron, of Fort Wayne, Ind., check out the cab of a John Deere combineat the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatury. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade show that shifts each year between Decatur and Boone, Iowa. This is its fourth stop in Decatur.

      Kyle Hindbaugh, left, and his father, Ron, of Fort Wayne, Ind., check out the cab of a John Deere combineat the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatury. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade show that shifts each year between Decatur and Boone, Iowa. This is its fourth stop in Decatur.
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  • Corn from various seed companies is displayed in a Pioneer seed exhibit booth during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade this year.

      Corn from various seed companies is displayed in a Pioneer seed exhibit booth during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade this year.
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  • A sprawling tent city with paved streets was created for the Farm Progress Show Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 in Decatur. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade this year.

      A sprawling tent city with paved streets was created for the Farm Progress Show Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 in Decatur. Tens of thousands of farmers from the Midwest and beyond are gathered for the agricultural trade this year.
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  • The farm exhibitor's streets are crowded with visitors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      The farm exhibitor's streets are crowded with visitors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Kase Kopalz, 6, of Danville, Ill., enjoys the "History of the American Farmer" exhibit in the Bayer Corporate Science tent at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Kase Kopalz, 6, of Danville, Ill., enjoys the "History of the American Farmer" exhibit in the Bayer Corporate Science tent at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Ed Kach of Chillicothe, left, examines a John Deere tractor during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Ed Kach of Chillicothe, left, examines a John Deere tractor during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Young farmers enjoy the Gleaner combine exhibit during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Young farmers enjoy the Gleaner combine exhibit during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Farmers and visitors walk under a CLAAS combine during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Farmers and visitors walk under a CLAAS combine during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Eathan Beccue of Effingham, Ill., enjoys the John Deere tractor exhibits during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Eathan Beccue of Effingham, Ill., enjoys the John Deere tractor exhibits during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • The farm equipment demonstrations are popular with visitors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      The farm equipment demonstrations are popular with visitors during the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Paul Jr. Designs owner Paul Teutul Jr., from the television show "American Chopper," unveiled the DEKALB Seeds chopper at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Paul Jr. Designs owner Paul Teutul Jr., from the television show "American Chopper," unveiled the DEKALB Seeds chopper at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show flock to their favorite vendors in Decatur.

      Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show flock to their favorite vendors in Decatur.
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  • Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, line the ropes to watch the field demonstrations.

      Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, line the ropes to watch the field demonstrations.
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  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn walks with Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson as they tour the grounds of the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn walks with Illinois Farm Bureau President Philip Nelson as they tour the grounds of the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Colten Stundebeck, of Salisbury, Mo., checks out his grandfather John's farm machinery brand under the John Deere tent at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.

      Colten Stundebeck, of Salisbury, Mo., checks out his grandfather John's farm machinery brand under the John Deere tent at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
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  • Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show swarm around, in and on top of the Claas Lexon 750 combines.

      Visitors to the 2011 Farm Progress Show swarm around, in and on top of the Claas Lexon 750 combines.
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  • Eldo Shoer, owner of Minnesota-based Bulk Seed Systems, and his son Greg put the finishing touches on their display at the 2011 Farm Progress Show.

      Eldo Shoer, owner of Minnesota-based Bulk Seed Systems, and his son Greg put the finishing touches on their display at the 2011 Farm Progress Show.
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  • Alan Graff, territorial manager of Winnipeg, Canada-based Buhler Industries, does some last minute cleaning to his Versatile tractor at the 2011 Farm Progress Show.

      Alan Graff, territorial manager of Winnipeg, Canada-based Buhler Industries, does some last minute cleaning to his Versatile tractor at the 2011 Farm Progress Show.
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More than 600 companies have tents and booths at the annual Farm Progress trade show in Illinois, but it's the list of companies that didn't get in that gives you an idea about the country's healthy farm economy. Show manager Matt Jungman says he turned away about 40 companies for lack of space, including hot tub makers and an exotic car company. Tens of thousands of farmers attended the show.

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