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The year is off to a good start with plenty of new products and services for the rural lifestyler. For companies, the news is good, as well. Sales are up. Profits are up. And, consumer attitudes are improving.

January 24, 2012

IN THE NEWS:

Equipment dealers forecast increased sales to rural lifestyle consumers in 2012
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Consumer Reports Index: Consumer outlook improves
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Tractor Supply reports stronger than expected 4Q sales
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United Country: Land sales up 20% in 2011
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U.S. small tractor sales up for the year
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Deere breaks ground on new tractor factory in India
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Tractor Supply Company announces management promotions
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Blount International appoints new Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Director
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Home Depot accelerating plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers
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ScottsMiracle-Gro announces results of annual shareholders' meeting; declares second quarter dividend
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Morton Buildings announces Building Value Days sales event
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CEAttachments introduces wood chipper for skid steer loaders
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Land Pride introduces new grooming mowers
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Land contract guarantee program launched nationwide
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Crosman launches new Marines Airsoft product line
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Rainwater Warehouse launches rainwater harvesting e-commerce website
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Honda portable generator earns Innovative Product Award
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Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps builds on legacy
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Triple Crown Nutrition introduces new lifetime care horse feed
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Eddie Bauer returns to sporting heritage with Sport Shop Collection
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Exede Satellite Internet Service is breaking news for broadband industry
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BOB-CAT introduces new ProCat SE mid-size mowers
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U.S. Department of Transportation announces $1.6 billion funding to repair damaged roads and bridges
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World Ag Expo supports FFA programs at 45th annual show
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National Wildlife Federation and ScottsMiracle-Gro create partnership
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AQHA announces classes for inaugural Novice Championships
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USDA announces plan to provide $308 million to land owners, others to recover from 2011 storms
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Yamaha approves seven OHV GRANTs in 4Q 2011
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Veterinary medical colleges hit hard by financial cuts in public support
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Scientists, experts, and horse industry leaders to speak at the 2nd International Summit of the Horse
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AQHA annual member information session scheduled for March convention
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McCormick Company opens Indianapolis office
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