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Hoblit's Atlanta seed plant will remain open, with minor changes.

May 27, 2008

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Burrus Hybrids has acquired Hoblit Seed Company of Atlanta, Ill.

The acquisition of Hoblit, which produces seed corn and soybeans, enhances Burrus distribution of seed corn in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Iowa.

"In a volatile seed corn industry, Burrus has reaffirmed its commitment to independence and delivering quality products and service," says Tom Burrus, president of Burrus Hybrids. "The Hoblit acquisition strengthens our core strategy and positions us for further market share growth."

Burrus Hybrids was founded in 1935 by brothers Roy and Wilbur Burrus. The company is in its fourth generation of family ownership. Hoblit, established in 1947, has also been an independent, family-owned company with a successful history in the seed business.

"The two cultures couldn't be more similar, so we expect a smooth integration of Hoblit," says Jim McKown of the Burrus and Hoblit companies. "Hoblit growers will have more hybrids in each maturity category, and will find that Burrus has access to more germplasm than virtually any company in the industry. More agronomic information, testing, and trait technology than ever before will be at the fingertips of our growers."

Hoblit will continue to produce seed corn and soybeans. Burrus dealers may distribute Hoblit soybeans in a defined area. Management and most Hoblit sales staff will be retained, and the Atlanta plant will remain open.

"With the anticipated influx of additional customers wanting more seed corn, we have plans in place to meet the increased demand," adds Burrus. "Hoblit growers will see new seed treatment options, more advertising support, and an even more extensive product line up."

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