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Fri May 30, 2014 07:31 AM CDT

(Dow Jones) -- Monsanto Co. confirmed Thursday that a security breach in one of the seed company's servers left exposed some customer credit-card information and Monsanto employee data.

The breach occurred in late March, affecting about 1,300 farmers who are customers of Monsanto's Precision Planting division, which makes specialized seed-planting equipment, according to a spokeswoman. One or more external parties hacked into the server, she said, adding that a company investigation suggests they weren't seeking to take customer data.

The breach comes at a sensitive time for Monsanto, which is making a big push into selling data services to farmers ...

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