John Deere Foundation Provides $1 Million to Help in Flood Relief for U.S. Midwest



    MOLINE, Ill., June 17 /CNW/ -- The John Deere Foundation Board of
Directors has approved a $1 million grant to assist the American Red Cross in
relief efforts for victims of flooding in the U.S. Midwest. The money was
donated to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund.
    "The flooding in the Midwest has devastated many communities and
thousands of families," said Amy Nimmer, president of the John Deere
Foundation. "We want to help during these difficult times and believe the
American Red Cross is well positioned in this situation to ensure that our
financial support is used wisely to assist families and communities."
    Flooding in the Midwest has seriously affected communities in five
states, including Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Iowa has
been the most severely impacted with more than 80 of its 99 counties declared
disaster areas.
    "John Deere customers, employees, dealers and suppliers across the
Midwest have all been impacted by this natural disaster," Nimmer said. "We
believe our donation and the donations of many others will assist all families
in the region to recover and find hope in the future."
    The John Deere Foundation is the philanthropic organization established
by Deere & Company in 1948 to help improve communities and society through
charitable grants for education, human services, community development, arts
and culture, and world hunger.




For further information:

For further information: Ken Golden, Director, Strategic Public
Relations  of Deere & Company, +1-309-765-5678 Web Site: http://www.deere.com


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