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Fuel economy buzzword at Farm Technology Days

Wisconsin farmers are getting a look at the latest in machinery. As you might expect, fuel efficiency is one of their biggest concerns.

Economy was the buzz-word as the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days show opened Tuesday near Greenleaf in Brown County.

With diesel fuel nearing $5 a gallon, many of the 600 vendors were quizzed about fuel efficiency. Farmers compared the operating costs of the new units to the older ones they have now.

A display on high-tech windmills is proving to be popular.

So is a bio-energy demonstration that removes water from manure, burns the manure, and puts the steam in a turbine to produce electricity.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days which run through Thursday.