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Sanders Acquires Hurt Seed Company’s Retail Seed Operations In Halls, TN

Monday, March 21, 2011 - Halls, TN

Jimmy Sanders, Inc., the Mid-South's largest locally and family owned agricultural input supplier, has successfully acquired Hurt Seed Company's Retail Seed Operations in Halls, Tennessee. Sanders and Hurt Seed Company have been partnering since 1995 to provide quality seed products to farmers in west Tennessee. "We've been working together for over 15 years now and have determined that we can create more efficiency to the benefit of our customers if we merge the two companies,” said Russell Meeks, Location Manager for Sanders in Halls. "This acquisition and the continued relationship with the Hurt brothers will allow us to continue our expansion in west Tennessee and provide a complete line of quality farm input products to our grower customers." Sanders has recently expanded its service capabilities in Tennessee, with new retail locations in Brownsville and Huntingdon, and a depot at Nutbush Gin in Nutbush.

Brothers Ray and Trey Hurt will retain ownership and operations for Hurt Seed Company’s seed conditioning business in the same location, with all employees of the seed production business maintaining their positions under Hurt Seed Company's employ. "We have been very successful in our partnership with Sanders," said Ray Hurt, "and we appreciate that it, like our own company, is a family owned and operated organization that stays true to its southern roots and commitment to customer profitability."

Jimmy Sanders, Inc. has been committed to supplying the highest quality seed since its inception in 1953. With this acquisition, Sanders is now involved in seed production and manufacturing in four states in the Mid-South, across rice, soybeans, oats, wheat and wildlife food products (the latter through its brand, Wildwood Genetics®). In addition to seed production and sales, the company also provides agricultural chemical distribution, bulk handling of fertilizer, and – through its OptiGro® business unit – variable rate technology and other precision agriculture services. Sanders is headquartered in Cleveland, Mississippi, and currently services Mid-South growers through 62 retail locations across Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia, and wholesale distribution in Kentucky.