Syngenta, John Deere finalize agreement

Two of the turf industry's major players, Syngenta and John Deere, have reached agreement on a new distribution deal.

Under the agreement that took effect on Oct. 1, the John Deere Landscapes division will serve as a major channel partner for Syngenta's golf and lawn care products.

Steve Vincent, John Deere Golf North American sales manager for agronomic products, said the deal will provide more options for golf course operators to manage their courses.

John Deere Landscapes, established in 2001 as a subsidiary of the John Deere Corp., current has about 630 branches in the United States.

Syngenta Lawn and Garden head Steve Spain said it will expand the company's ability to reach end-use customers. One of the world's leading agribusiness firms, Syngenta currently employs more than 21,000 people in more than 90 countries.

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