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Deere & Company announced a new sales and marketing agreement with Honda Power Equipment to sell Honda premium power products at participating John Deere dealerships in the U.S. Shipments of Honda inventory to John Deere dealerships will be phased in, beginning in 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, participating John Deere dealers will offer Honda’s award-winning walk-behind lawnmowers, generators, tillers, water pumps and snow blowers. In addition, Deere said, it will no longer market John Deere-branded walk-behind mowers or walk-behind snow blowers in the U.S., in any sales channel, after 2012.

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A strategic partnership between The AgChat Foundation (ACF) and the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) brings together two organizations passionate about keeping today’s American agriculture successful. Through coordinated efforts, the groups will work together to support farmers and ranchers who are sharing their stories about how food is raised.

The AgChat Foundation is one of the first outside organizations to partner with USFRA, a coalition that represents more than 50 of the top farmer- and rancher-led organizations and industry partners from across the country. It wasn’t hard for leaders from USFRA and ACF to realize that their missions connected.

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Despite the continued economic strain on dairy producers, Pacific Gold Milk Producers, Inc., one of California's newest milk producer cooperatives, is partnering with others in the dairy industry to raise awareness of local hunger with donations of dairy products to local charities and food banks.

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World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up for the sixth year to provide the "We Believe in Growing" scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by Jan. 20 to be considered. Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to students who attend a four-year university to major in an agricultural field. The scholarships will be disbursed over four years at $2,500 per year.

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Fall signals the return of students back to school and the re-launch of the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s third annual College Aggies Online (CAO) agriculture advocacy scholarship program on Oct. 3. This competition helps undergraduate students with a passion for agriculture become confident advocates for the industry.

Last year, approximately 600 students representing more than 50 universities participated in the CAO. On the program’s private forum, students posted photos, responded to blogs and completed “aggie homework” in order to earn points for themselves and their collegiate clubs.

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