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  • ZimmNews – October 17, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 17, 2014

    2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour - CTIC Conservation in Action Tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area - October 14-15, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

    2014 AgCatalyst - The AgCatalyst event is sponsored by AdFarm with a theme of, “It’s all about the content.”

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo - The NABCE is held in Minneapolis, MN. and Chuck was there to capture this year's event.

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Conference - The CFWF conference held October 2-5 at Prince Edward Island. Thank you Trudy Kelly Forsythe for covering the event ZimmComm.

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    2014 World Dairy Expo - The New Holland Pavilions ribbon cutting took place on day one of the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

ZimmNews – November 14, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team was in action at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention and Livestock Publications Council Vision event this week in KC, MO. Working along side the agriblogging pros was our fall intern Taylor Truckey.

The annual Trade Talk session was bigger than ever and a real madhouse of broadcasters conducting interviews and trying to beat the closing deadline to get them all in. That’s not an easy task for anyone! We’ll be featuring those stories on AgWired websites over the next week.

The majority of our latest ZimmPoll participants said they’re happy or at least cautiously optimistic about the recent elections. Our new ZimmPoll asks, “Do you think the new coalition agreement addresses ag data privacy concerns? This is in reference to the coalition of farm organizations and ag technology providers announcement of an agreement on data privacy and security. Let us know what you think.

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

Margaret Fogarty, Farm Credit, on social media corps covering NAFB convention
Ryan Molitor, Raven, on new coalition agreement on data
Bob Stallman, AFBF, on data agreement
Ron LeMay, FarmLink, on integrating tech with ag
New Faces of Farming for USFRA
NAFB Scholarship winners
LPC Vision Panel on Animal Welfare

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ZimmNews – November 7, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week we’ve featured new content from the Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum and National FFA Convention We hope you’re enjoying it. Our fall intern Taylor has been doing a great job with her coverage of FFA activities.

This week Chuck took off for AgNerd paradise in Kansas City for the 2014 John Deere, Develop with Deere conference The conference brings together numerous agricultural application developers who are learning ways they might partner with John Deere on integrated apps. He’ll be sharing interviews with many of them on Precision.AgWired.com.

Jamie is on the west coast for the Crop Health Laboratories Power Growers Seminar. She will also be sharing stories on Precision.AgWired.com.

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

Richard Wilkins, Deleware Soybean Farmer, on industry challenges
Pat Pinkston, John Deere, talks to developers at conference
Conrad Weaver, Great American Wheat Harvest Movie
Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods, at FFA

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ZimmNews – October 31, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck says that Julie Borlaug brought candy corn to her presentation at the Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and Soybean Forum and joked that it was GMO free. LOL. But it was her way to bring the holiday to Germany. So you can find a lot of information from that conference on AgNewsWire.com with more to come.

Cindy went to Miami this week for the World LP Gas Forum courtesy of the Propane Research and Education Council. There are a number of ways that PERC highlighted how propane is being used in the ag industry now.

Jamie Johansen and AgWired intern Taylor Truckey have been covering this week’s National FFA Convention courtesy of FMC. They have lots of photos online already and many stories being posted to AgWired.

Yep, it has been a busy week for the team!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What should the U.S. do about the WTO COOL ruling?” The majority answered, Appeal and do nothing. Interesting, since most of those responses came in almost overnight.

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

Liam Condon, CEO, Germany, Bayer CropScience
Matt Thompson, FMC, on investment in FFA
Dr. Lowell Catlett, on best time ever in ag
Jason Wetzler, FFA Western Region Vice President
PERC people on propane powered engines for ag

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ZimmNews – October 24, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team is gearing up for a great week on the agriblogging highway next week. Chuck heads off to Germany for the Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum. You can follow that activity on Twitter using the #CropFutureForum hashtag. Cindy takes off to Miami for the World LP Gas Forum. Jamie and our fall intern, Taylor Truckey will be in Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention. Scary amount of road time during Halloween week, eh?

After our latest ZimmPoll showed that 73% believe the uncertainty with the RFS caused by the EPA has hurt local business and jobs we’ve got a new ZimmPoll running that asks the question, “ What should the US do about the WTO COOL ruling?” Let us know what you think.

Our own Joanna Schroeder was the principal researcher for a recent report published in Academics Review, “Organic Marketing Report.” She presented the results at the Western Plant Health Association Annual Mtg. Check out her findings.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed. Check out AgNewsWire.com for more.

Cinch Munson, PERC, on cost calculator tools
Hannah Godfrey, Brandwatch, on social listening
Dennis Wedgworth, FL Everglades Grower, on conservation BMP’s
Bill Levy, Pacific Ag, on getting residue to biorefinery
Michelle Gregg, Crop Health Laboratories, on upcoming growers seminar
Miles Thompson, Georgia Tech Research, on UAV’s

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ZimmNews – October 17, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’ve been busy on the Agriblogging highway this week. Chuck was in Minneapolis for two events – the Advanced Biofuels Conference and the AgCatalyst conference. Cindy visited the Everglades Agricultural Area on the annual CTIC Conservation in Action Tour and saw lots of cool stuff like barn owls being used for rodent control in sugarcane!

Next week is an off week for us so Chuck is heading to the Georgia hunting grounds. But, busy days are ahead with trips planned to Germany, National FFA, and California for the Crop Health Lab’s Power Growers Seminar.

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ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The Team has been playing catch up with week from events like the Verdesian Media Tour, Canadian Farm Writers Federation Convention, World Dairy Expo and New Holland Blogger Days Lots of content being published because, “It’s all about the content.” BTW, that’s the theme of next week’s AgCatalyst event that Chuck will be attending. While in Minneapolis next week Chuck will also be covering the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo.

We want to give a shout out of thanks to Trudy A. Kelly Forsythe, Cultivating Communications, for her help in covering the Canadian Farm Writers Federation event! Great job.

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

Tom Sleight, U.S. Grains Council, on exports

Lorena Valenti, New Holland, on Expo Milano 2015 and bloggers
Michele Fino, University of Gastronomic Sciences, on school philosophy
Christopher Neale, Water For Food Institute, on upcoming conference
Michael Berry, Verdesian, on core missions for company
Dan Danford, Case IH, on Canadian Farm Writers
Chef John Esser, on cheese at World Dairy Expo

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ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team hopes you’re enjoying our look at life on the agriblogging highway this week. Events include the Verdesian Life Sciences media event, “Tomorrow’s Science Delivering Today’s Returns” in Los Alamos, NM; World Dairy Expo courtesy of New Holland; Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Mtg. courtesy of CaseIH and New Holland Blogger Days in Turin, Italy.

The legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes has become a hot topic as more states consider legislation to make it available on some kind of legal basis. We receive quite a few press releases from the hemp industry so we thought we’d pose this question for our ZimmPoll: When do you think medicinal marijuana will become a major cash crop? We’ve got pretty good response so far!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed. Many more will be posted in coming days from all these events too!

Karen Scanlon, CTIC, on Conservation in Action Tour in the Everglades Agricultural Area
New Holland World Dairy Expo Pavilion Ribbon Cutting Press Conference
Abe Hughes, New Holland, says drink more milk, buy more balers
Liz Hobart, GROWMARK, proactive nutrient management series
Earl Garber, NACD, EPA mtg. on WOTUS
Scott Bentley, World Dairy Expo, on start of this year’s show
Christopher Neale, Water for Food Institute, on Global Conference

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ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s time for the ZimmComm Team to get on the agriblogging highway. This coming week Jamie will be at the World Dairy Expo for New Holland, while Chuck will be in Italy at the New Holland international blogger days. In addition, we will be covering the Canadian Farm Writers Federation annual meeting in Prince Edward Island, thanks to CASE IH, via our Canadian freelancer Trudy Forsythe. So, it’s a busy time!

Our newest ZimmPoll focuses on a controversial topic, “When do you think medicinal marijuana will become a major cash crop?” As more states are considering legalization – what do you think?

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

Howard Brown, GROWMARK, on nutrient management
Hick Chick Chat

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ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Today is Apple AgNerd day since the new iPhone 6 models are now available in stores. Of course Chuck already has his If you’re getting one don’t forget to make sure you have the newly updated AgWired App on it. It’s free and also available for Android. Of course, on any mobile device you can install a browser app to your home screen. Just open AgWired.com and a pop-up will ask if you want to add it to your home screen. It is also a great AgWired App option! Thanks to iCropTrak for continuing as our AgWired App sponsor!

Speaking of Apple our latest New Holland sponsored ZimmPoll asked if you would buy an Apple Watch, which is scheduled to come out early next year. The results were pretty mixed. Most people probably want to wait to see what changes might come out at actual launch time.

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

Maree Deventer, ADM, on soybean sustainability program
Sec. of Ag Vilsack announces citrus greening aid
Republican Ag Commissioners on WOTUS
Mike Deering, Missouri Cattlemen, on Right to Farm Prevails
BIO Teleconference on cellulosic ethanol advancements

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ZimmNews – September 12, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you’ve been following the world @AgriBlogger as he moved from Boone, IA to Deauville, France and Aberdeen, Scotland. Now he’s looking ahead to next week’s NAMA Fall Conference in Chicago!

The ZimmComm Team is continuing to publish stories from several other recent events like the Farm Progress Show. You’ll find lots of great content with photos and interviews on AgWired!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, How important is it to know about farming in other countries?

This might be the most one-sided poll we have every had. It seems, and we definitly don’t disagree, that having a global understanding of agriculture is crucial. We may not all be able to learn about them first-hand, but thats where ZimmComm helps you out!

Here are the poll results:

Very important, global economy – 91%
Not important, who cares – 4%
Somewhat, simply curious – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Would you buy an Apple Watch?

Apple’s roll-out of a few clever and exciting new techie items has lead us to wonder if their new Apple Watch is something you plan on spending money on. It’s a no brainer that all Apple product enthusiasts will eventually be owning an iPhone 6, but do the product specs of the Apple Watch intrigue you enough to make the investment. Do you see it being a must have in years to come?

Speaking of Apple, the AgWired App has been updated in iOS. Install or update. Easiest way to check on what’s new in the world of agribusiness on your iOS device.

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

Doug Felter, John Deere, new anhydrous applicator
Thorsten Schwindt, Bayer CropScience, on Stratego YLD
Nigel Miller, President, National Farmers Union Scotland
Jon Doggett, NCGA, on corn crop
Hick Chick Chat with IA Ag Sec. Bill Northey
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) on stopping WOTUS
ND Wheat grower, Jim Bahm, on Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary
Kevin Oschner, NCBA Cattlemen to Cattlemen, open remarks at Hereford Genetic Summit

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