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IS THAT YOUR TRUCK'S EXHAUST, OR DID SOMEBODY ORDER FRIES?

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- You're traveling down the interstate, enjoying the scenery, when you glance down at the fuel gauge and notice you're on empty.
 You take the next exit and head to the nearest...grocery store?
 Well, not exactly, but if Progressive Farmer magazine has its way, farmers and all diesel users just might find themselves tanking up on alternative fuels one day soon.
 The magazine has outfitted a new Chevrolet pickup to run on 20 percent soyoil and 80 percent diesel fuel. Said one Progressive Farmer editor, "When you crank it, it smells like french fries."
 That french-fry odor might actually be much cleaner and healthier than the exhaust fumes we breathe every day. Early studies indicate that fuels made from soyoil reduce most harmful emissions.
 For many years, Progressive Farmer has been interested in biofuels -- fuels made from soyoil, cottonseed oil and other renewable sources, said Editor Jack Odle. Ten years ago, the magazine bought a Chevrolet pickup and modified it to run on 80 percent diesel fuel and 20 percent soyoil. The truck was affectionately known as "The Bean Cooker."
 This year, Chevrolet donated a truck to repeat that experiment. Various state soybean associations, the National SoyDiesel Development Board, Helena Chemical Co., BellSouth Mobility, the Spraying Systems Co. and Great Plains Industries provided other materials needed to modify and operate the truck. The result is "The Bean Cooker II," which will be exhibited across the South and Midwest.
 Photo Editor Vann Cleveland, who spends most of his time on the road, is managing The Bean Cooker II project.
 "We did this once before, during the energy crunch of the early '80s," Cleveland said. "We wanted to see if a renewable resource could be used for fuel on the farm. When Chevrolet recently came out with a new diesel truck, they wanted to see how well it would run on soyoil. We had a 150-gallon divided tank installed so we could carry 75 gallons of soyoil with us, and we made other minor modifications. It really isn't that difficult to outfit a diesel truck for soyoil."
 Besides exhibiting the truck at agriculture shows, university field days and other farm group meetings, Progressive Farmer also will put The Bean Cooker II to work. "I'll be driving the truck to photo shoots throughout the South and Midwest," Cleveland said. "Some of our editors also will take it on the road. This is a work truck, and we want to see how it really performs on the farm."
 So far, Cleveland said, the truck performs just as well with 20 percent soyoil as it would with 100 percent diesel fuel.
 The Bean Cooker II could run on other biofuels, as well, Odle said. "Our goal is to promote the use of biofuels," he said. "We want to show that we don't have to be totally dependent on non-renewable fuels. Also, our readers work around a lot of heavy equipment, which means they breathe a lot of exhaust fumes. We certainly want to find ways of making those emissions safer whenever possible."
 After completing its 1993-94 exhibit tour, the truck will be raffled off. Visitors at the events which feature the truck will have an opportunity to register for the raffle. Progressive Farmer readers will also have an opportunity to participate in the raffle.
 The Bean Cooker II makes its first public appearance on July 22 at the Milan No-Till Field Day in Milan, Tenn. The biofuels truck also will appear at selected state soybean association meetings and will be exhibited at the following shows:
 Denver, Colo. July 29-31
 (American Soybean Assoc., Annual Expo)
 Moultrie, Ga. Oct. 19-21
 (Sunbelt Ag Expo)
 Raleigh, N.C. Feb. 2-4, 1994
 (Southern Farm Show)
 Louisville, Ky. Feb. 16-19, 1994
 (National Farm Machinery Show)
 Memphis, Tenn. March 4-5, 1994
 (Midsouth Farm & Gin Supply Exhibit)
 Additional show dates will be announced throughout 1993-94. Anyone interested in booking The Bean Cooker II should contact Progressive Farmer magazine at 205-877-6419.
 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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