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I thought we had a pretty good break from the withering heat. No rain, though. And it's showing up in the crops. My garden is producing, but wilting all the while. The year so far has been a wild roller coaster ride -- with the weather, the economy, and Wall Street. How will all this shake out? I'm sure no one can be certain. But there are some solid rural-oriented companies reporting solid revenues. Check out the stories below.

August 23, 2011

IN THE NEWS:

Woods Equipment Company acquired by Blount International
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Bill Gates led investment group now Deere's largest shareholder
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Briggs & Stratton Corp. reports results for fourth quarter, fiscal 2011
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Deere reports third-quarter earnings; fifth consecutive quarter-over-quarter record earnings
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Scotts Miracle-Gro announces third quarter financial results; 20% increase in quarterly dividend
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President announces new jobs initiatives for rural America
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Blount International acquires PBL
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Monsanto may enter consumer market with GM sweetcorn
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Study: Yamaha has best drivetrain durability
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Crosman Corp. increases support of Progressive Agriculture Safety Day
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USDA scientist credits 4-H for building kids' interest in science
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Survey: 90% of dog owners don't understand proper pet nutrition
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Ford F-150 EcoBoost Challenge; free fuel, national bragging rights up for grabs
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Obama signs lead law-exemption bill for kids' off-highway vehicles
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Blackberries emerge as new cash crop for Midwestern growers
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Montana Silversmiths launches new consumer website
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2011 National Farm-City Council Symposium topic: Childhood Obesity: The School Lunchroom Debate
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ScottsMiracle-Gro uses YouTube to show how to be a better gardener
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AQHA to implement new rules and procedures at world championship shows
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L.L. Bean selects agency for 100th anniversary
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Living the Country Life achieves record sales
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Mahindra USA adds vice president
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New south-central U.S. territory manager for Featherlite Trailers
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