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Inauguration Day: Rural America well represented

Mixed reviews on today’s Inaugural Parade, but at least agriculture was on display during the 58th Presidential Inauguration Day. From the Colorado Freedom Riders and the Lil’ Wranglers to the RFD-TV  Rural Tractor Brigade and the National FFA, rural America was well represented.

The nation got to see Case IH, Challenger, John Deere, Kioti, Kubota, Mahindra, Massey-Ferguson, and New Holland make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue with industry leaders such as: Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Ron Moore, president of the American Soybean Association; Randy Krotz, president of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance; John Weber, president of the National Pork Producers Council; and Jim Odle, co-founder of Superior Livestock Auction; at the wheel.

Check out some of our favorite Inauguration Day moments our industry members shared on social media today:





What the entrance was like to the ball…We danced our hearts out! #lilwranglers #putalittleTXinit #wranglerstoDC #inauguralparade

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ChemChina turns to U.S. antitrust for Syngenta deal

The ChemChina-Syngenta acquisition is making some noise again in mainstream media. The Chinese state-owned chemical company is seeking approval from the U.S. anti-trust regulator’s approval for the proposed $43 billion acquisition  of Syngenta.

ChemChina filed documentation required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC, along with the Justice Department, has 30 days to either approve or ask for a second request.

According to reports, the deal is the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company and has already won approvals from regulators in several markets, including a U.S. national security panel and Australia’s competitive landscape.

On Feb. 3, 2016, Syngenta announced that ChemChina has offered to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding share capital of Syngenta at a price of USD 465 per ordinary share plus a special dividend of CHF 5 to be paid conditional upon, and prior to, closing.

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