John Deere Agri Services Partners with Agrian for Chemical Compliance Label Data


HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (July 02, 2007) - John Deere Agri Services announces that, beginning with the 2007 harvest season, the ExtendAg(TM) Chemical Compliance service can use near real-time label data from Agrian to verify that agricultural food products clear crop protection application restrictions before entering the supply chain.

ExtendAg Web-based software plays a key role in enhancing food safety and traceability for John Deere Agri Services customers. With up-to-date label data from Agrian, fruit and vegetable packers and processors can confidently mitigate risks associated with food safety.

New enhancements include automated Agrian updates to the ExtendAg System and a user alert notification feature. "The integrated traceability of our ExtendAg System gives customers a fast and easy way to check the compliance of their inbound product and provides both packers, processors, and their growers up-to-the-minute data on their harvested crops," said Scott Turner, ExtendAg national account manager.

ExtendAg users can use the default label restrictions from Agrian or specify more stringent requirements for specific marketing programs or specialty product requirements, such as organics.

John Deere Agri Services is committed to working with ExtendAg customers to integrate data from multiple sources and third parties. The result is access to all mission-critical data in one easy-to-use application. As an added benefit, ExtendAg customers will now have the ability to easily import chemical application data from customers who currently use the Agrian system.

The accuracy and timeliness of data is increasingly important to all stakeholders in the agri-food supply chain. Agrian's system features the most current chemical manufacturers' data set. ExtendAg users can be assured that their crops are being checked against the most recent available information from more than 90 chemical manufacturers, including all major crop protection companies.

About John Deere Agri Services

John Deere Agri Services has more than 15 years experience providing business solutions to the fruit and vegetable industry. For more information, email AgriServices@JohnDeere.com or call 800-518-0472. Find details about the full line of products and services at www.JohnDeereAgriServices.com. John Deere Agri Services is a business unit of John Deere.

John Deere is the world's leading provider of advanced products and services for agriculture and forestry and a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe.

About Agrian

Founded in 2004, Agrian provides a series of essential liability mitigation, risk management, recordkeeping, and reporting applications to field level users. In the course of providing these services, Agrian collects field data and, with the consent of field level users, provides this data to the agri-food supply chain. For more information, visit www.Agrian.com or call 559-437-5700.

Media Contact:
Barry E. Nelson
Manager, Public Relations
11145 Thompson Avenue
Lenexa, KS 66219-2302
Ph: 913-310-8324
Fax: 913-310-8394
E-mail: NelsonBarryE@JohnDeere.com

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