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Deere & Company Recognizes May as National Safe Digging Month

MOLINE, Illinois – Warmer weather brings numerous landscaping and repair projects, and with them come digging jobs that damage utility lines, disrupt neighborhood service and lead to fines and repair costs. But homeowners and contractors have a resource to avoid the accidents — 811, the national call-before-you-dig number.

May 01, 2008

MOLINE, Illinois – Warmer weather brings numerous landscaping and repair projects, and with them come digging jobs that damage utility lines, disrupt neighborhood service and lead to fines and repair costs. But homeowners and contractors have a resource to avoid the accidents — 811, the national call-before-you-dig number.

Each year in the United States there are nearly 700,000 unintentional underground utility damages – more than one per minute. That is why the Common Ground Alliance ("CGA") – the national association created to prevent damage to underground utility infrastructure and ensure public safety and environmental protection – has designated May 2008 as "National Safe Digging Month." Deere & Company, a leading industry supporter of the CGA and its efforts, joins with the CGA to recognize and actively promote this important event.

National Safe Digging Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of safe digging practices across the country and to celebrate the one-year anniversary of 811. Throughout the busy digging month of May, CGA and Deere are encouraging homeowners and contractors to call 811 before they dig to prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. For more information about National Safe Digging Month, visit www.commongroundalliance.com.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is the world’s leading provider of advanced products and services for agricultural and forestry and is a major provider of advanced products and services for construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping, and irrigation. John Deere provides financial services worldwide and also manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. For more information, visit www.johndeere.com.

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