A spokesman for John Deere says procedures are in place to respond to the coronavirus outbreak in China, where Deere makes farm and construction equipment, according to a story on RadioIowa.com. Ken Golden (who recently announced his requirement) says Deere closed its plants temporarily when the government asked it to do so.

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The Centers for Disease Control is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 also are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States.