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July 11, 2014

On Thursday, July 10, The Toro Company looked back on a century's worth of farm and ranch innovations during its 100th anniversary celebration.

More than 2,000 employees, retirees, partners and guests came to the company headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

June 30, 2014

According to an article on Bigcountryhomepage.com, an Abilene, Texas, farm and ranch retailer hit the half-century mark. 

June 12, 2014

Jane Blain Gilbertson assumed the role of CEO and sole owner of Blain Supply and Blain’s Farm and Fleet, taking over from her brother Robert Blain who will retire June 25. 

Janesville, Wisconsin-based Blain’s Farm and Fleet was founded in 1955 and operates 35 farm and ranch locations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. The company employs about 4,000.

May 27, 2014

Work has begun on a new Tractor Supply store in Raton City, New Mexico, where the population stands at less than 7,000.

The 19,000-sq.-ft. store is expected to be open in mid-September, according to an article in the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.    

May 12, 2014

A recent survey of farm-and-ranch retailers shows some consistently reassuring results for the sector -- especially when it comes to expectations for the second quarter. 

April 24, 2014

Sales of animal- and pet-related merchandise and winter seasonal items helped push up sales at Brentwood, Tenn.-based Tractor Supply Co. in the first quarter ended March 29. 

Net sales increased 9.0% in the quarter to $1.18 billion, up from $1.09 billion in the same quarter last year. Comparable-store sales increased 2.2%. 

Net income for the quarter increased 10.9% to $48.8 million, up from $44.0 million 

April 2, 2014

Central Garden & Pet Company has purchased certain assets of Envincio LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SantoLubes LLC.

The purchase includes established brands, EPA registration assets, inventory and trade receivables.

“This acquisition will enable Central to be a key supplier and product innovator in the growing natural insecticides product market, often characterized as EPA-exempt products, as well as expanding offerings in traditional pesticides,” said Frank Jusich, SVP Professional Brands.

April 2, 2014

Tractor Supply Company is spreading the backyard hen gospel nationwide through a series of local Chick Days and other educational initiatives.

“Chickens naturally recycle food waste and they provide invaluable fertilizer for gardens,” said VP merchandise Marc Johnson. “What’s more, there’s not a better organic source of pest control than a backyard chicken. They naturally eat bugs, ticks, beetles and other backyard pests.”

March 31, 2014

Coleman Equipment of Bonner Springs, Kan., recently bought Scott’s Tractor & Equipment of Smithville, Mo., and O’Dell Tractor Company of Independence, Mo.

All of the staff at Scott’s Tractor has been moved to Coleman Equipment. Scott Kolbeck, owner of Scott’s Tractor, has accepted the position of Coleman Equipment Corporate sales manager. John Walker, salesman and assistant manager at Scotts for 13 years, has accepted the position of store manager for the Smithville location.

March 28, 2014

The Pacific Northwest farm and ranch retailer Coastal Farm & Ranch is using chicks to entice customers this weekend.

The 15-location retailer plans to give away thousands (one report puts the number at 6,000) baby chicks at its stores to customers who buy 25 pounds or more of chick starter feed.

Chick and chick-related products are one of the clear growth areas for distributors and retailers, based on showings at recent hardware and farm and ranch-focused distributor shows.

March 24, 2014

Scotts Miracle-Gro is ushering in the arrival of spring with some resources and products to help the nation's lawns and gardens recover from the harsh winter, the company said.

March 10, 2014

The Toro Company has added six underground equipment dealers, with a total of 10 new locations,to its distribution network in North America. In total, Toro has added 24 underground equipment dealers to its network. 

The following equipment dealerships will now carry the full line of Toro underground equipment, including directional drills, compact utility loaders, trenchers, vibratory plows and stump grinders: 

March 7, 2014

Albany, Ore.-based Coastal Farm and Ranch boosted its footprint to 15 Northwest locations with the purchase of three Big R stores.

Coastal’s three new locations are in the Oregon cities of Klamath Falls, White City and Redmond, formerly held by Tyrholm Big R, based in White City.

Terms of the deal were not released.

March 4, 2014

It’s not just Tractor Supply that’s riding a wave of growth in the sector for hobby farmers and backyard ranchers.

This is not an article about Tractor Supply.

But let’s face it. You can’t write about the farm-and-ranch retail sector without referring to the Brentwood, Tenn.-based giant either as a competitor or as a role model.

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