After being battered for three years in a row by a global farm recession and weak construction markets, this year should be a welcome improvement for John Deere. The maker of farm and construction equipment based in Moline is scheduled to release its report Wednesday for the fiscal year that ended October 31st.
A community activist and John Deere employee has decided to run for the Iowa Senate. Thursday Marie Gleason of Bettendorf announced her bid for the democratic nomination in District 47 that's now represented by republican Roby Smith of Davenport.
Deere and Company has won a trademark dispute with a South Dakota company that makes agricultural sprayers. A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled FIMCO Incorporated, and its brand of Ag Spray Equipment, cannot use John Deere green and yellow on its products.
Deere and Company will help re-build homes for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Friday it announced a donation of one million dollars for Habitat Hammers Back, a division of Habitat for Humanity that focuses on long-term recovery.
A retired executive from John Deere has taken on a major challenge. Wednesday republican Russell Christ announced he's running for Rock Island County Clerk, and will face democratic incumbent Karen Kinney next year.
A former employee of John Deere will go to prison for cheating the company. Tuesday in federal court in Rock Island, Harvey Ulfers was sentenced to two years and nine months following his guilty pleas to wire fraud and money laundering.