• Featured Video:Commodity Classic 2015 trade show ribbon cutters were having a hard time with some dull scissors so it came down to a pocketknife to start the show.
  • ZimmNews – April 2, 2015

    ZimmNews – April 2, 2015

    2015 ACE Fly In - The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) brought the troops to Washington D.C. to talk with our Nation’s leaders about the importance of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

    ZimmNews – March 27, 2015

    ZimmNews – March 27, 2015

    2015 Ag Day - The National Activities of the 2015 Ag Day took place in Washington, DC. Chuck was there to capture it all.

    ZimmNews – March 20, 2015

    ZimmNews – March 20, 2015

    2015 Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics - On the eve of the 2015 National Ag Day, the Agri-Pulse team brought us a great panel themed on: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture.

    ZimmNews – February 27, 2015

    ZimmNews – February 27, 2015

    2015 BIVI Swine Health Seminar - On the eve of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting folks gathered to discuss PED, pig welfare and education.

    ZimmNews – February 20, 2015

    ZimmNews – February 20, 2015

    2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show - The show brings together farmers from Texas to Missouri to the southeast Gulf coast.

ZimmNews – April 17, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team stormed Kansas City and the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference You can live it in pictures through the efforts of Chuck, Cindy, Taylor and Jamie. There is a lot more to share from this year’s convention on AgWired.com. Chuck and Cindy will be visiting daughter Carly in Columbia before traveling south to see grand babies near Springfield, MO. So, by Monday you’ll see more regular posting.

The 25th Brownfield Party took place at the Dubliner. What happens at the Dubliner . . . But we will have lots of photos to share by first of the week.

Safe travels to every one and a big thank you to the NAMA volunteer members and staff who put together another great celebration of Growing Greatness!

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – April 10, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a fantastic ending to the week for AgNerds. Today the AgriBlogger placed an order for an Apple Watch You’ll be able to read his review in a future AgNerd Cloud column after he receives it. Today is also the day that Android lovers can purchase a Samsung Galaxy S6. You might guess it but the AgriBlogger traded his S4 mini for an S6! Now he’s got an AT&T iPhone 6 and a Verizon S6. We should give him a score of 12 for that.

Speaking of the AgriBlogger, he’s now taking your questions on all things AgNerdish. Social media, gadgets, blogging, podcasting, search engines, analytics, you name it. If he doesn’t know the answer he’ll make it up, er, find it for you. Just email him or message him somehow or other. There are so many ways now.

Our new ZimmPoll this week switches to the alternative fuel industry. Our question is, “What is your favorite alternative fuel (to gasoline)? Please let us know. And thank you New Holland for continuing to be the sponsor of our weekly ZimmPoll.

The ZimmComm team has put the final touches on 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference plans. We’ll be the official NAMA photographers once again. If you’d like to have a special photo taken during the conference just ask Chuck, Cindy, Jamie or Taylor. See you there next week.

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) talks about nutrition
Cinch Munson, PERC, talks about Propane Farm Incentive Program
Alexis Taylor, USDA-FAS, talks about Trade Promotion Authority
Charlie O’Brien, AEM, talks about industry adjusting to lower farm equipment sales

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – April 2, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

In observance of Good Friday ZimmComm New Media offices will be closed. The team wishes everyone a very happy and blessed Easter and Easter season. We’ll be back in action on Monday.

Looking ahead on the schedule there are a number of events that are open for sponsorship of our special brand of online coverage. Here’s a list of some of them:

Agricultural Relations Council Annual Mtg. – June
InfoAg precision ag conference – July
Cattle Industry Summer Conference – July
NAMA Bootcamp – August
NAMA Fall Conference – September
IFAJ Congress – October
NAFB Convention – November
National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention – December

Please contact Chuck to discuss a creative sponsorship package of any of these events to promote your brand.

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – March 27, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’re fast approaching time for the annual Agri-Marketing Conference Will we see you there? ZimmComm will be on-location in the Connection Point again this year. Come find us. Oh, and get yourself registered if you haven’t already! It will make Jenny happy.

Speaking of annual meetings . . . You can see the schedule for this summer’s Ag Media Summit now and make your hotel reservations. We’ve got ours made.

Jamie was on the road this week in Washington, DC covering the American Coalition for Ethanol legislative fly-in. You can find her coverage on DomesticFuel.com.

In our latest ZimmPoll we asked, “Which potential presidential candidate would be best for ag?” Click here to find out which one ranked highest.

Agricultural organizations are voicing support for the bi-partisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act which was just introduced in the U.S. House. So our new ZimmPoll is asking, “What is best for GMO labeling? We hope you’ll chime in.

Here’s some audio from this week you might have missed:

Cinch Munson, PERC, on propane grain dryers
Marji Guyler-Alaniz, FarmHer, on updating the image of agriculture to include women
Bethany Pugh, Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year
Dan Danford, Case IH, on new certified pre-owned program
White House/USDA press call on increasing access to affordable broadband
Brian Jennings, ACE, on successful legislative fly-in

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – March 20, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Happy National Agriculture Week and Spring! If you missed the Ag Day activities in Washington, DC you can see and hear what was going on with Chuck’s posts on AgWired, sponsored by GROWMARK. He’s on his way home and has more stories to publish.

While Chuck was in Washington, DC, Jamie Johansen was attending Missouri ALOT activities all week. She will be staying in the Capitol city to cover next week’s American Coalition for Ethanol annual member Fly-in.

Chuck and Cindy had some big news this week as their daughter Caitlin delivered a happy, healthy baby boy (second one – Case Aspen Underwood). Grandma immediately flew to Missouri to spend some time with the boys and Chuck will be joining her this weekend. We love grand babies!

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Theresa Seibel Ag Day Essay Contest Winner
Randy Krotz, USFRA, on New McDonald video by Only Organic
Rep. Mike Conaway, House Ag Committee Chair, at Ag Day Luncheon
Senate Ag Committee Chief Economist Matt Erickson at Ag Day Breakfast
Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics: Unleashing Innovation in Agriculture

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – March 13, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Spring is almost here and we hope most of you are having a nice warm feeling at home for a change. Spring also means National Ag Day is coming up. You can catch the activities on AgWired.com as Chuck covers the various events that will take place in Washington, DC courtesy of GROWMARK.

When it comes to Trade Promotion Authority our ZimmPoll respondents told us Congress should grant the President that authority. Seventy five person said yes!

Now we’re asking, “Which potential presidential candidate would be best for ag?” Let us know what you think.

If you haven’t registered for April’s Agri-Marketing Conference keep in mind that the deadline for early registration is March 19.

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

Anna Leigh Peek, Monsanto Consumer Engagement Specialist
Robert Moorehead, Mississippi State, on drones
Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation
Chandler Goule, NFU, on their 113th annual mtg.
Randy Dowdy, National Corn Yield Contest winner
Richard Brock, Brock Associates, on commodity outlook
Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chair, on Research & Food Industry Workshop
Michael Rogers, author, journalist and futurist on smart sensors and cheap connectivity

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – March 6, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Ready for spring? We sure are. Chuck will be attending National Ag Day Activities as the official photographer again this year with support from our sponsor GROWMARK. That is coming up soon!

The ZimmComm team has been very busy this week posting stories from all the events we’ve covered in the last couple weeks. Remember that you can always go to AgNewsWire.com to see aggregated content links from these events.

A very clear majority of respondents (75%) to our latest ZimmPoll disagreed with the new government control over the internet. It is known as net neutrality but is actually a lengthy set of regulations sent to the FCC by the Obama Administration which was voted in last week.

With trade being a hot topic in agriculture right now our new ZimmPoll is asking, Should Congress grant TPA? Let us know what you think.

We want to issue a big shoutout of congratulations to Paul Redhage for being selected as NAMA’s Marketer of the Year and to Clint Lewis, Zoetis, for being selected as NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year We look forward to seeing them at the April National Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. If you are attending please stop by our Connection Point booth and say hello!

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Doug Felter, John Deere, on new self-propelled sprayer
Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience, support of next gen ag professionals
Trevor Rempel, New Holland, on new Flex-Coil P Series Air Carts
Cinch Munson, PERC, farmer interest in propane power
Dr. Angela Baysinger, PIC, doing what is right for the pig
Caren Schmidt, BASF, on Xanthion In-Furrow
Don Johnson, FMC, on Obey herbicide and incentive program

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – February 27, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a wild and crazy week on the agriblogging highway. After Chuck returned from the Daytona 500 working with New Holland he and Cindy hit the road for Phoenix and the 10th Annual Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum From there Cindy attended the BASF Science Behind event and then it was on to Commodity Classic joined by ZimmComm intern Taylor Truckey. But while they are working on that show Chuck is on his way to the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis. There’s a lot to see and hear on AgWired this week!

Would you like to follow some top ten ag journalists on Twitter? West Central has a list to recommend. You can find that list here: http://inthefurrow.com/10-agriculture-journalists-follow-twitter/. Hint: it contains one of our own.

Our last ZimmPoll asked about which crop insurance option you would choose and a big percentage of respondents are unsure. ARC still beat out PLC though.

This week we’re asking “What do you think of proposed government control over the internet? Yesterday the FCC announced new regulations that have huge implications on what was once a “free internet.” Of course the internet has never been free but with these new rules apparently dictated by President Obama, the government now will be regulating ISP’s like telephone companies. It is predicted you’ll soon have new service charges showing up on your internet bills. We wonder how much else will change.

Here’s some audio from this week you might have missed:

Bob Stern, Iteris, on ClearAg Crop Protection Beta Testing Pgm.
Tom Uhlman, NE farmer on using propane power
Lisa Lunz, USFRA Board Member, about FARMLAND on sale at Walmart
Neil Bentley, BASF, on Corn, Soy and Wheat scholarships
Rebecca Gunderson, New Holland, on 3-A-Day iPad Giveaway
Andrew Fansler, Indiana farmer, on receiving Bayer CropScience Young Farmer Sustainability Award

There is a lot more on AgWired so please visit or check your feed!

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – February 20, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy have spent the week in Texas at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference. While there they live streamed Bob Dinneen, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association, as he delivered his annual state of the ethanol industry remarks. Other audio from the event can be found at AgNewWire.com.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked, “Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?” The results are leaning toward ARC, but many farmers out there are still unsure as to which policy will be best for their operation.

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Former US Trade Rep, Ron Kirk, talks trade at NEC
Bob Dinneen, RFA, on “Going Global”
Under Sec Michael Scuse, addresses Missouri State University School of Ag
Tyler Tuttle, FMC, talks Marvel Herbicide
Dawn Pelon, New Holland, shares the many anniversaries of company in 2015

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – February 13, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The @FarmPodcaste and @AgriBlogger are on their way home from another National Farm Machinery Show It was big iron time in Louisville, KY and they’ll continue sharing stories over the next week. You can find photos here Next week they take off for Grapevine, TX and the National Ethanol Conference.

Do you understand crop insurance options? Is picking one a chore on your to-do list? Let us know what your choice is in our new ZimmPoll, “Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?”

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Matt Hancock, FMC, talks about 3RIVE 3D
Kristin Perry, Missouri ALOT, on new class
Todd DeBock, New Holland, on new Boomer tractors
Evelyn Browning-Gariss on climate change
Kelby Krueger, John Deere, ExactEmerge a year later

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.