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John Deere is paying $305 million to buy a 60-person Silicon Valley tech startup

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Tractor giant John Deere announced Wednesday it will pay $305 million to acquire Blue River Technology, a Sunnyvale, Calif. based company that specializes in applying machine learning to the agriculture industry. Deere plans to keep the 60 person firm in its Silicon Valley location.

The background: Deere has been investing heavily in technology. it has long-had self-driving tractors and recently opened a San Francisco lab to further its efforts in big data and autonomy.

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