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    2014 USB Soy Biobased Dialogue - United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue - Washington DC

    ZimmNews – June 13, 2014

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    2014 Fuel Ethanol Workshop - The 30th annual FEW event keyed into 'Where Producers Meet."

    ZimmNews – June 6, 2014

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    2014 ASTA Convention - The 131st American Seed Trade Association Annual Convention took place in Indianapolis.

    ZimmNews – May 30, 2014

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    2014 BASF Media Event - BASF hosted ag media in Raleigh, NC to share insights into their new products and give an opportunity for lots of Q & A.

    ZimmNews – May 23, 2014

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    USFRA Food Dialogues - Chicago - The June 2014 Food Dialogues discussion took place in Chicago with the theme Integrity in Food Marketing. #FoodD

ZimmNews – July 25, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’re back on the road. Right now Chuck and Cindy are in Panama City Beach for the 2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. This is our 7th year working with the Souther Peanut Farmers Federation to publish their conference blog Time flies when you’re having fun. And these peanut growers like to have fun. One new experience they’ve had this year was trying a Grilled PBJ Sundae (sliced up grilled PBJ on top of vanilla ice cream). Awesome.

Tomorrow Chuck will head on to Indianapolis for the Ag Media Summit courtesy of FMC and New Holland. He’ll be working with our summer intern Sara Gillum If you are attending the event please say hi to Sara. She’s an agricultural journalism student at Mizzou and will be needing a job someday!

So for all the AgNerds out there our new ZimmPoll asks the question, “How can technology make farming even better?”

We’ve been covering lots of precision farming conferences this summer, from the recent Precision Aerial Ag Show in Illinois, to this week’s International Conference on Precision Ag in California, to next week’s InfoAg Expo in St. Louis. Sometimes it seems like farming can’t get any more technological – but can it? What would you like to see on the farm that has yet to become commercially available?

Sponsorship Opportunities: Did you know we have regular features that can be sponsored? Here’s a list of some of them.

ZimmCast
Zimfo Bytes
AgWalk
Hick Chick Chat
BioEnergy Bytes
AgWired Precision Podcast
Domestic Fuel Cast

Contact Dave Larson for more information.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Farmer Matt Cannon talks planter performance at Ag Leader Technology Tech Meets Dirt Road Tour
Martin Barbre, NCGA, corn growers at work in Washington, DC
Geoff Cooper, RFA, ethanol cost analysis

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ZimmNews – July 18, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is enjoying a summer break before getting back in on-location action next week starting with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and Agricultural Media Summit. There is a lot on the schedule in the next couple months so we’re pretty sure we’ll see many of you somewhere!

One of the hottest topics in the ag sector lately has been the uncertainty caused by the proposed EPA Waters of the U.S. rule. You’ve probably followed the #WOTUS or #DitchTheRule hashtags. Our latest New Holland sponsored ZimmPoll asked “How would the EPA water rule affect you?” Even though the EPA is saying that all normal farming practices are exempt the answers we got were primarily: Just more govt. regulation, Permits required for routine activities and Will regulate more of my property. Yeah, who is going to believe anything our government says these days?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Luke James, Ag Leader Technology, on what they’ll be showing at InfoAg Conference
Leah Guffey, Hick Chick Chat with Leon Corzine and Jim Reed during Precision Aerial Ag Show
Delayne Johnson, CEO of Quad County Corn Processors, on cellulosic ethanol
Aaron Hutchinson, iCropTrak, describes Version 5 of their software
David Witherspoon, Syngenta, on flex fuel infrastructure donation

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ZimmNews – July 11, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed some time off. In our latest ZimmPoll you told us that hamburger, hot dogs, steaks pork chops were on your grills. Pretty much same here at ZimmComm World Headquarters.

Most of the ZimmComm team is still on summer break but Joanna will be at Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR race presented by our sponsor, Enogen. Leah spent some time at this week’s Precision Aerial Ag Show, a first of its kind event presented by Penton Farm Progress. And Cindy is visiting the grand baby and then headed to the 5th NAFB Lake Girls Weekend at Agri-Pulse world headquarters. Yeah, we get around!

This week the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance announced that they are seeking the new Faces of Farming & Ranching. If you or someone you know are interested please let them know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Stu Ellis, EnGage, on Precision Aerial Ag Show
Tom Nassif, Western Growers, on immigration Reform
Matt Jungmann, preview of Farm Progress Show
Nigel Mackenzie, New Holland, on new CR Combine Series
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, debunks climate alarmism
EPA Admin Gina McCarthy press call on WOTUS

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ZimmNews – July 3, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We wish everyone a very happy Independence Day holiday weekend. God bless the USA! According to the American Farm Bureau Federation you can still put together a July picnic for ten people for less than $6/person! If you need a few grilling ideas for this weekend Chuck has some for you. We also want to know what will be on your grill for the holiday in the ZimmPoll.

Early this week Chuck wrote about Measuring Social Media Effectiveness. He’s wondering how you measure it. How do you report it to the boss or client? What software or services do you use? Let him know. He’d appreciate it.

In case you know someone who might be interested, the AgChat Foundation is seeking applications for the position of full time Executive Director.

Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed:

Scott Walker, BASF, on Merizon fungicide
Marrone Bio Innovations Michigan Manufacturing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
MGEX conference call on Acreage & Grain Stocks
Diego Angelo, Bayer CropScience, on Credenz soybeans
Matt Heitz, GROWMARK, on Capitol Hill visit

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ZimmNews – June 27, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The hot muggy days of summer mean a short break for the ZimmComm team before getting back on the agriblogging highway. Mid July is when things get kicked off with the 12th International Conference on Precision Ag. In the meantime Chuck and Cindy are enjoying some beach and pool time when you don’t “see” them online. ‘Bout time!

Chuck has been taking a few days to work on food plots at the Crystal Pig Hunt Club Sponsor, New Holland has been joined by Alltech with Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale as the official beer of the CPHC.

Are you following the Twitter Hashtag, #Hay14? This week’s ZimmPoll asks “Where are you in #hay14?”

The hay making process is a necessity for everyone raising livestock across the country. Many got an early start this year, yet others have had delay after delay because of Mother Nature. Getting hay up on time and between spring showers has been hard for many farmers and ranchers. Have you finished your first cuttings or are you still in the heat of it? Join the hay making conversation on New Holland’s (ZimmPoll Sponsor) Facebook page and learn about their Roll-Belt app here.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Michael Vos, Ag Leader Technology, on the company’s Technology Meets Dirt Tour
Kevin Newhouse, Winfield Solutions, ASTA Committee on Innovations and Policy
Richard Wilkins, American Soybean Association, Senate testimony on trade priorities
Doug Haller, BASF, on Nealta
Curt Hoffman, New Holland, on Roll-Belt Facebook App

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ZimmNews – June 20, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Event Sponsorship Opening: Cattle Industry Summer Conference – We’ve got an opening for a sponsor of our coverage of this summer’s conference which would be the first one published onto the new ZimmComm Animal Agriculture website – www.animal.agwired.com! If your company or organization are interested in some great online conference exposure please contact Chuck or Dave Larson asap.

On the agriblogging highway this week Cindy was in Washington, DC for the USB Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue. Chuck tried to make it the quarterly NAMA Executive Committee mtg. in Chicago but only made it as far as Atlanta before plane problems and weather forced to return to ZimmComm World Headquarters.

The National Agri-Marketing Association has a couple of events coming up that you should get on your calendar. The annual NAMA Fall Conference will be in Chicago, IL in September and NAMA Boot Camp will be in Kansas City in August.

Speaking of bio-based products, our new ZimmPoll asks, “How important are bio-based products to agriculture?”

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Kathleen Merrigan, GW University Sustainability, millennial views
Luke Bozeman, BASF, discussed their On-Target Academy
Meet Mark Herrmann, ASTA new Second Vice Chair
Secretary of Ag Tom Vilsack from Brussels

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ZimmNews – June 13, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The team has been busy this week. Chuck started out at the USFRA Food Dialogues in Chicago with the topic of Integrity in Food Marketing. Meanwhile Cindy went to RTP for a BASF media event before joining Jamie in Indianapolis for the ASTA Annual Mtg Leah went to the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and now Chuck is on the Lost Boys Weekend at Agri-Pulse International Headquarters at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Yep, we’ve got lots of content for your viewing and listening pleasure!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Student winners of Gary Lamie Graduate Student Poster Competition at CUTC
ASTA Chairman, Craig Newman, all revved up at annual mtg.
Markus Heldt, BASF, moving ahead
Dr. Erin Johnson, BIVI PRRS conference
Rick Tolman, CEO, NCGA, at FEW
Elizabeth Leamy, moderator, USFRA Food Dialogues

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ZimmNews – June 6, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team was back in action this week. Chuck started things off at the Corn Utilization Technology Conference Most of his interviews will be appearing on Corn Commentary the NCGA blog. Cindy, John and Joanna then went to the big pig gig in Des Moines, World Pork Expo. Judging from their photos, there were a lot of press conferences at the show.

Next week will be even busier with Chuck in Chicago for the USFRA Food Dialogues, Cindy in RTP for a BASF event before joining Jamie in Indianapolis for the ASTA Annual Meeting. The agriblogging highway is heating up as we near the beginning of summer.

We are hoping you’ve seen “The New AgWired” and would love your feedback. We’ve completely re-built the website and have brought our focus on animal and precision agriculture into the AgWired brand. That means that PrecisionPays and WorldDairyDiary are now www.precision.agwired.com and www.animal.agwired.com. Check it out and let us know what you think on our latest ZimmPoll. Chuck created an instructional video to show you the new features with include how to create an AgWired App on your mobile device just by visiting www.agwired.com on your device browser!

Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed:

Secretary Vilsack at World Pork Expo
Reid Philips, BIVI, on twenty years of PRRS Solutions
Dr. Howard Hill, NPPC President, on swine industry innovations
Becky Timmons, Alltech, talks about bees
Kristin Meadors, Kentucky Distillers Association, on promoting bourbon
Martin Barbre, NCGA President, on CUTC

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ZimmNews – May 30, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Our “Insights Weekly” post on PrecisionPays, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology is approaching the five year mark! Hey Kurt Lawton, remember when you started writing it for us? The weekly insight into precision agriculture has also been featured on AgWired for a few years now too. It has been a joy to watch Ag Leader Technology grow and we hope we’ve been able to play a small part in that success. If you’ve enjoyed Insights Weekly please let us know and we’ll pass your comments along to our sponsor. We would both appreciate it.

It’s been just over a month since the launch of New Holland North America’s MyNewHolland.com an online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. The ability to keep up with equipment inventory seems to be a highlight for those who have taken advantage of this opportunity. Whether you own New Holland equipment, used to own or would like to own, or if you just want to join the farming conversation, it’s free and easy to sign up. Over 500 people from all over North America have already joined for a variety of reasons, including the spotlight discussion on growing crops for biofuels. Not bad for the first 30 days! For our ZimmPoll sponsor we asked the question, “What features of MyNewHolland.com do you like?”

Here are the results:
▪ My Equipment – my equip inventory – 18%
▪ Precision Land Management – 6%
▪ Configurator – configure your equipment – 6%
▪ Calendar – 6%
▪ Spotlight Discussion – 12%
▪ Dealer locator – 12%
▪ Links to other New Holland info – 6%
▪ I have created a login – 6%
▪ I have not created a login – 23%
▪ Other – 5%

This week we decided to move to a more “sensitive issue with the question, “Can organic & GMO crops co-exist?”

A recent ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops has passed in two Oregon counties. This is one of many issues that puts farmer vs. farmer. Should it be the landowner’s choice or should these decisions be made at the ballot box? Let us know what you think?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

New era in conservation announcement
Ian Tolleson, Oregon Farm Bureau, on GMO ban
Mark Lyons, Alltech & Fu Wenge, Chinese Ministry of Ag, on China’s interest in Africa

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ZimmNews – May 23, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

What if you held a Symposium for about 2,000 of your friends from all over the world and they all showed up? It would be days of education, fun and fellowship. And that’s what happened again this year at the 30th Alltech Symposium in Lexington, KY. Chuck covered it all. It is his 10th trip to the world class customer education event and he took a lot of photos and still has stories to post. A new addition to the schedule this year was the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. He made it there in time to get a ZimmGlass look at the activity.

Last week our ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the best way to market to millennials? “ Over half of our respondents said “Online.” Good choice. Other more traditional channels got mentions with radio, tv and other showing the next highest. Now we could delve into all the online choices next but there are too many to list!

New Holland is our longtime ZimmPoll sponsor and this week we’ve dedicated our new question to last month’s launch of MyNewHolland.com It is online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. Current features include the ability to create an inventory of your equipment, a section on Precision Land Management, a Configurator tool to let you design your own configuration of new equipment you’d like to order, a topical discussion on ethanol which you are invited to read and comment on and more. More features will be rolled out in the future as the community grows.

We’re seeking your input on this new global New Holland project. It started first in Europe and was just launched for North America on April 22. So let’s get to it, “What features of MyNewHolland.com do you like?”

Feel free to take the poll or even email Chuck with your thoughts.

Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed. Hey, you’ve got a three day weekend to get caught up!

Becky Timmons, Alltech Global Director of Applications Research and Quality, on algae opportunities
Robbie Walker, General Manager for Alltech Crop Sciences
USDA School Nutrition Media Call
Video interview with Jeb Smith, Sky Drone Studios
Dr. Karl Dawson, Alltech VP and Chief Scientific Officer, on precision agriculture
Julie Borlaug Larson, talks about receiving Alltech Medal of Excellence for her grandfather and work in Africa
Dr. Robert Cady, Elanco/Aidan Connolly, Alltech on environmental sustainability

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