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Read over the headlines in this edition of Rural Marketing News, and you'll quickly get a sense that Spring will spring positive for most businesses targeting the rural lifestyle market. I particularly like the story below on Duluth Trading Company's suggestions for Father's Day. I'll be sure to send those not-so-subtle hints to my kids.

March 6, 2012

IN THE NEWS:

Early Spring for home improvement
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Home Depot readies for stronger Spring
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Tractor Supply Company increases its estimate of store openings, operating margin target
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Equipment dealers see solid prospects for rural lifestyle markets
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Cabela's expands, rolls out smaller-store format
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Lowe's 4Q profit up due to mild Winter
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Duluth Trading's top picks for Father's Day 2012
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John Deere raises its dividend for 10th increase since 2004
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Toro reports record first quarter results
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Prominent Illinois realtor provides update on recreational land market
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Mother Earth News updates Pickin' Chicken app
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Toyota Motor Sales reports increase in February 2012 sales
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Bad Boy Mowers announces expansion
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Mahindra tractor sales reach 14,341 units in February
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Survey: organics purchasing picking up again
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Tractor Supply Company joins forces with The Equine Network to help homeless horses
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Cargill offers free re-usable egg carton with purchase of Nutrena poultry feed
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Yamaha selects National Hunting and Fishing Day ATV winner
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Scotts Co. offers tips for stronger, more resilient grass
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Operation Free Ride: AQHA members are invited to give back to those who serve our country
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Ram Truck boosts country music efforts
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New Case IH work boot now available
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Record attendance at Midwest Organic Conference
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Rural Business and Lifestyle TV Network debuts on DISH
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Toro Giving Program donates mowers to Habitat for Humanity
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Toro introduces 30-inch wide area walk-behind mowers
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Kimberly Stoves introduces a new line of wood cook stove
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Here's what's new at New Holland Agriculture
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BioSafe Systems introduces AXXE broad-spectrum herbicide
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Recharge Mower intros ULTRALITE
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Lifetime Products introduces easy continuous batch composting with Dual Compost Tumbler
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Kubota will make the Safety Day program possible for more rural youth in 2012
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Fourteen Minnesota high schools named winners in Toyota's 'Drive For Education' contest
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ECHO recalls backpack blowers due to fire hazard
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OPEI celebrates 60th anniversary
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Paulsen Marketing President Guse named NAMA's Marketer of the Year
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Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland names new VP, member of leadership team
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