Iowa Trade Delegation: As a follow-up to our August 2013 visit and Export Seminar in the Quad Cities, the Iowa Economic Development Authority added Israel to its scheduled June 2014 trade mission to Turkey. The Trade Mission to Israel and Turkey is scheduled for June 12 – 22, 2014. For additional information, please contact Kathy Hill, Team Leader, International Trade Office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, or click here. All industry sectors are invited to participate. Cities to be visited will depend on individual itineraries, but will include Tel Aviv & Istanbul.
Israeli Fund Purchases Deere Unit: In other news from the west, FIMI Opportunity Funds, an Israeli private equity firm, has agreed to buy the irrigation operations of Moline, IL-based Deere & Company (NYSE: DE), which also goes by John Deere Water. Part of Deere & Company's Ag and Turf division, John Deere Water is a global full-line drip irrigation manufacturer that has significant distribution in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Late last year, Deere & Company completed another divestiture to a private equity firm, selling its landscapes business to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for about $465 million. Click here for a link to to coverage from the Quad Cities.