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Iowa farm company seeks to block request for its secrets

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An Iowa planter and grain cart manufacturer is asking a federal judge to protect it from having to turn over sensitive internal documents in an antitrust lawsuit in which it's not directly involved.
   The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2ftRbLR ) that Kinze Manufacturing, of Williamsburg, Iowa, filed motions Thursday in the government's lawsuit intended to block a deal between farm equipment maker John Deere and seed giant Monsanto. Kinze says John Deere is trying to access a wide variety of internal documents about Kinze's business, including marketing strategies, sales data and research and development plans. John Deere served the Iowa company a subpoena last month seeking the documents.
   Kinze argues those documents would divulge its most tightly held business secrets and irreparably affect its ability to compete with Deere.

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