Washington, D.C.  20549










Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report: December 4, 2017

(Date of earliest event reported)


D E E R E  &  C O M P A N Y

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)







(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)


One John Deere Place

Moline, Illinois 61265

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)


(309) 765-8000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)




(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


Crandall C. Bowles, a member of the Deere & Company (the “Company”) board of directors (the “Board”), has resigned from the Board effective December 4, 2017 after 21 years of distinguished service. The Board and management thank Ms. Bowles for her leadership and dedication to the Company and its shareholders.


On December 6, 2017, the Board elected Charles O. Holliday, Jr. to the Board to be effective January 1, 2018. Mr. Holliday previously served as a member of the Board from 2007 – 2016.


Mr. Holliday will be a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board.


Deere announced these changes in a press release, a copy of which is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 9.01          Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d) Exhibits


(99.1)               Press Release (Furnished herewith).






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.










/s/ Todd E. Davies




Todd E. Davies






Dated:  December 6, 2017