As the number of full-time farmers in his area has diminished in recent years, rural Iowa banker Ross W. Stuedemann has begun exploring ways to target new niches. The latest: city folk becoming part-time farmers.

"Since the ag crisis, there's just been a steady decline in regular commercial farmers," said Mr. Stuedemann, president of $18 million-asset First Trust and Savings bank, Oxford, Iowa. "We're seeing more farmland broken up in smaller tracts."

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