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In this last edition before Christmas, you'll see news about the USDA Housing Loan Program, Scotts Miracle-Gro's 2014 outlook, Deere's stock repurchase, company acquisitions and new product introductions. A great way to head into the new year! From all of us at Rural Marketing News, may you and yours have a joyful holiday season!

December 17, 2013

IN THE NEWS:

USDA overhauls Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
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Deere to repurchase $8 billion of its common stock
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U.S. tractor sales up 6% in November
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Scotts Miracle-Gro provides outlook for fiscal 2014
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Ariens Company to acquire direct marketing brands: Gempler's, Ben Meadows and AW Direct
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ASPCA: It's OK to give pets as gifts
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Domestic car companies moved metal in November
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MacKissic acquires assets of Yard Marvel
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Toyota Motor Sales is No. 1 retail manufacturer in November
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Meopta launches new MeoStar R2 riflescope series
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Toro announces winner of 'Ready. Set. GROW!' grant program
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VELCRO Brand PRESS-LOK solution to enhance Scotts EZ Seed bag closures
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New holiday treats from Freshpet only available at select Wal-Mart Stores
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DECKED launches new truck bed storage system
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Eukanuba aims to engage dog show fans
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Weatherby introduces Mark V Terramark RC Rifle
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Caterpillar debuts D Series skid-steer loaders
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AQHA launches Ranching Quarterly newsletter
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Rural Lifestyle Dealer names editorial advisory board
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Excel Industries improves manufacturing facility in Hesston, KS
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Sarah Palin joins Sportsman Channel as host of original series "Amazing America with Sarah Palin"
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Nestle Purina Petcare Company honored as one of the top ten best places to work
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Kubota to build tractor factory in Europe
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Exmark wins AE50 engineering award
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