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PROGRESSIVE FARMER WILL BRING UNUSUAL 'GUEST' TO SUNBELT AG EXPO

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Break out the cooking oil because Progressive Farmer magazine is bringing "The Bean Cooker II" to the upcoming Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga.
 A Chevrolet pickup modified to run on 20 percent soyoil and 80 percent diesel fuel, The Bean Cooker II will be part of the magazine's exhibit at the Expo, which will be held Oct. 19-21.
 Progressive Farmer also will give away a new pickup -- the more conventional kind -- at its Expo automotive show. During the automotive show, visitors can get a close look at 1994 cars, trucks and vans from major manufacturers.
 Several Progressive Farmer editors will be on hand at the magazine's main booth to discuss topics of interest with Expo visitors.
 Progressive Farmer will be joining major manufacturers and agricultural suppliers in presenting exhibits on 80 acres of Moultrie's Spence Field. Six hundred acres will be used for crop and equipment demonstrations.
 "The Sunbelt Ag Expo is the largest show of its kind in the Southeast," said Progressive Farmer Editor Jack Odle. "It will attract about 200,000 visitors, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to exhibit The Bean Cooker II. We've been interested in biofuels -- those made from renewable sources -- for many years, and this is the second time we've modified a truck to test those fuels on the road. Besides showing farmers that they don't have to be totally dependent on non-renewable fuels, we're also using the truck to explore ways of reducing harmful emissions for farmers."
 Progressive Farmer publishes the official Expo guide, EXPO '93, which is distributed free to Expo visitors and also appears in the Southeast edition of the magazine's October issue. EXPO '93 includes a map of the entire 80-acre show site, exhibitor lists and locations, irrigation layouts, a schedule of events, and additional information.
 Among the many Expo events and exhibits listed in the guide are livestock demonstrations, the Grand National Stock Dog Trials, a Belgian horse team, a daily antique tractor parade, cutting horse demonstrations and an exotic bird exhibit.
 Visitors also can watch aerobatic stunts performed with an ethanol- powered plane; see Tennessee walking horses; and get a firsthand look at a new breed of horse, the Mangalarga, which comes from Brazil and is being introduced to the United States at the Expo.
 Live music and lots of great food also are on the Expo agenda.
 Admission is $3 for one day or $5 for all three days. Tickets will be available at the entrance gate. For further information about the Expo, call 912-386-3459.
 Progressive Farmer is published by Southern Progress Corp., which also publishes Southern Living, Southern Accents and Cooking Light magazines, as well as Oxmoor House books. The Birmingham-based company is the largest regional publisher of magazines and books in the country.
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 /CONTACT: Valerie Fraser of Southern Progress, 205-877-6270/


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