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John Deere announces sponsorship of PGA TOUR player Zach Johnson

MOLINE, ILLINOIS (February 18, 2014) – John Deere today announced it has become a corporate sponsor for professional golfer Zach Johnson, the seventh-ranked player in the Official World Golf Rankings. The arrangement further strengthens Deere’s commitment to golf by building on its role as a title sponsor of a PGA TOUR event and as the TOUR’s official supplier of golf course equipment.Beginning with this week’s World Golf Championship event in Marana, Arizona, the well-known John Deere trademark will be displayed on Johnson’s golf bag at all events he plays during the tenure of the multi-year sponsorship deal.Johnson has won 11 PGA TOUR events including the 2007 Masters. He has also played on three Ryder Cup and three Presidents Cup teams.“We admire Zach Johnson as a competitor and for the overall values he exemplifies in his life,” said James Field, president of Deere’s Worldwide Agriculture & Turf Division. “We believe Zach represents the core values for which the John Deere brand is known. He has unquestioned integrity, has displayed great commitment to his profession, family and community, and is one of the highest quality players in the game today.”Field said while the sponsorship has definite business objectives of promoting the John Deere brand name, it also is important to note that a portion of the company’s sponsorship goes to the Zach Johnson Foundation, which focuses on children and families in need.Johnson’s relationship with Deere’s professional golf tournament is longstanding. He received sponsor exemptions to play in the John Deere Classic both in 2002 and 2003 before he earned a full-time PGA TOUR membership. He won the John Deere Classic in 2012, has been runner-up twice, and has played in the tournament 12 straight years. Johnson also is a member of the tournament’s executive committee.“It is a privilege to represent John Deere, one of the world’s most admired companies,” said Johnson. “It is a significant responsibility to be entrusted with representing a company known around the world for its strong values. I am sincerely looking forward to it.”Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at JohnDeere.com

Interest-free finance for four-passenger Gator

A special interest-free finance programme is now available to anyone ordering a new John Deere XUV 855D S4 Gator 4x4 utility vehicle and any John Deere Gator attachments.The scheme, which runs until further notice, is based on 60 per cent of the recommended retail price, with purchasers able to make 1 + 2 annual payments at zero per cent interest.The new XUV 855D S4 Gator makes its UK show debut at BTME 2014 in Harrogate this month (on mainstand no. M58), where it lines up alongside other new machines from the John Deere range. These include the X950R commercial rear discharge/rear collect diesel lawn tractor – a first for the company – as well as pedestrian and ride-on cylinder and rotary mowers, compact tractors and quality parts.This latest Gator model is available in olive & black livery, and can be ordered with a variety of factory and dealer installed options and attachments. The proven 22hp three-cylinder liquid-cooled diesel engine delivers a top speed of 32mph, and power steering is standard.The S4 combines versatile off-road performance, work capability and comfort for up to four passengers. To allow for extra passengers or cargo space, an easily convertible rear bench folds down to provide a flat surface for extra storage. A spacious under-seat storage compartment is also included.Cargo box, towing and payload capacities are 454kg, 680kg and 635kg respectively, and the XUV 855D S4 Gator also features true on-demand four-wheel drive and fully independent suspension. The vehicle’s base UK list price starts at £14,593 (plus VAT).

John Deere and BASF partnership

Mannheim & Limburgerhof, Germany, December 17th, 2013 – John Deere and BASF today announced plans to jointly develop a suite of integrated precision farming and farm management solutions for improved execution in the field. These tools, developed together with growers, will provide enhanced crop walking services and tailored agronomic advice. These will help growers to turn data into management decisions more efficiently.“BASF and John Deere are two leading suppliers in the agricultural business sector and have many years of experience in managing agricultural data,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division. “The real value comes from helping growers to interpret this data so they can make more precise and efficient decisions about their crops and operations.”As part of the agreement, BASF will offer a new service for crop walking and agronomic decision support. John Deere will provide a new application for sprayer setup as well as integration of field data via its collaborative farm management portal ‘MyJohnDeere.com’, which will enable growers to better manage their farm operations.“By integrating BASF’s agronomic expertise with field-proven John Deere application expertise, we will provide a comprehensive management platform that will be open to other partners as well,” said Christoph Wigger, John Deere Vice President Sales & Marketing Region 2. “Instead of combining existing tools, we will concentrate our research and development efforts on those innovative solutions that intuitively address growers’ needs across the entire crop production value chain.”The goal is to launch the first joint integrated tools by the end of 2014 in key agricultural markets, with additional markets to follow.This non-exclusive agreement complements BASF’s recently announced investment in interactive services for growers. The companies are not disclosing the terms of the agreement.BASF    SECrop Protection                                                     John DeereDr. Brady Spangenberg                                          Dr. Oliver NeumannGermany                                                              GermanyTel.: +49 621 60 28761                                           Tel.: +49 621 829 8161brady-joseph.spangenberg@basf.com                      neumanndroliver@johndeere.com