LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The Nebraska Farmers Union has launched a petition drive asking the federal government to use stimulus dollars to encourage companies to build low-power combines no longer sold in the U.S.

The group gathered petition signatures during the recently completed Nebraska State fair and plans to gather more next week at the Husker Harvest Days event in Grand Island.

The petition will be presented to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Sept. 28 when he is scheduled to speak in Scottsbluff. The so-called Class IV combines have been discontinued.

Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen said there is a strong market for the combines and building them would help farm-equipment manufacturers, workers, and farmers.

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Nebraska Farmers Union: http://www.nebraskafarmersunion.org/

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