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Farm Diversification Conference Attracts Thousands

December 2, 1986

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Thousands of farmers from 42 states met today to search for ways to help them prosper in a depressed agricultural economy.

″Today, the more diversified you can become without becoming too stretched out, the better off you are,″ said Robert Morrow of Webb, Miss.

The ADAPT 100 Conference, sponsored by Successful Farming magazine, is offering 100 ideas for diversification, ranging from raising llamas to opening farms and ranches to tourists. ADAPT stands for Agricultural Diversity Adds Profit Today.

Also on hand were representatives of farm implement manufacturers, trying to gauge whether a trend is being established that could change demand for their tractors and combines.

The program is aimed at helping farmers find ways to help themselves, and most of the sessions are being conducted by farmers who have successfully diversified.

″There is not one solution to what ails agriculture, there are 10,000 solutions,″ said Richard Krumme, editor of the magazine, as he opened the conference.

″The people here are not hollering ‘Uncle Sam’ or hollering ‘give me something,’ they’re saying ’show me a way and I’ll row my own boat,‴ said Roger Zuehl, manager of agricultural advertising for Case IH, the farm equipment maker.

The conference is costing Successful Farming, a Meredith Corp. magazine, about $500,000, said Krumme. Some 5,500 people were expected to attend.