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Overall, the good news continues for companies involved with the rural lifestyle market. Deere and Toro have reported significant profits. Home improvement sales are looking good, as well. However, the early spring this year may have pulled some sales forward, as evidenced by the story you'll find below on Lowe's.

May 30, 2012

IN THE NEWS:

USDA creates new microloan program for small farms
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Deere posts record Q2 earnings
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Toro Company reports record Q2 results
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Home improvement sales up 11%
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Lowe's cuts profit outlook as demand weakens
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Art's Way Manufacturing names new sales and marketing director
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Big changes at General Motors marketing
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New Holland aiming to rejuvenate its brand
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Propane Council offers $1,000 incentive for propane mower research
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Buck Knives knife auctions to benefit Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program
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Kubota Tractor Corp takes top honors in NAEDA dealer relations survey
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Garden Tower Project offers revolutionary vertical gardening container
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LeafCat's leaf bagging system provides time saving solution to raking
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Artisan cheese, specialty food, local wine & beer to be showcased at Vermont Cheesemakers' Festival
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Billy Boots introduces lightweight Cruiser work boots
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Curtis Introduces new WorkPro Cab System for Yanmar LX Series tractors
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Absorb & Clean wins Retailers' Choice Award at National Hardware Show
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AQHA announces new award for 13-&-under competitors at 2012 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show
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AQHA sponsors AmerEquine - Festival of the Horse
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Briggs & Stratton Corp featured in "Giving Back" documentary on Discovery Channel
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Registration opens for Northeast Regional Field Target Championship at Crosman
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Mahindra USA announces 2012 Women in Ag scholarship winners
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Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program expands to South America
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Ariens reaches out to students, highlights opportunities
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ScottsMiracle-Gro offers gardening tips
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4-H National Youth Science Day to focus on engineering robotics solutions
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Husqvarna receives international product design awards
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ChiliTechnology introduces wireless thermostat-controlled mattresses and mattress cover pads
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Charleston|Orwig voted top workplace for third straight year
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Demeter Communications and LBL Strategies announce alliance
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