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Ag economy strong but some farmers nervous

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Farmers gathered at the Farm Progress trade show this week in Decatur say they learned hard lessons in the 1980s farm collapse and are using the current healthy farm economy to pay down debt and grow in a manageable way.

But some say they're also worried about the broader economy.

Marty Kirbach of Jerseyville, Ill., says high-priced corn is good for him but hurts people in low-wage jobs who've struggled with the economic downturn.

More than 600 companies are at the annual show but a list of companies that didn't get in illustrates the economic health of agriculture.

Show manager Matt Jungman (YOUNG'-man) says about 40 companies that sell hot tubs, exotic cars and other luxuries you might not expect were turned away for lack of space.

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