ZimmNews — July 27, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck is Denver right now doing some Beef Board Blogging for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board at the Cattle Industry Sumer Conference. You can find his photos here and follow him on Twitter – @AgriBlogger. Cindy just returned to ZimmComm World Headquarters from the Raven Innovation Summit in Sioux Falls, SD. You can find her photos here and follow her stories on Precision Pays and her tweets – @FarmPodcaster. It’s a continuing summer sizzler on the agriblogging highway.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should nutrition programs be split out of the Farm Bill?”

Our poll results: Seventy-seven percent said yes and twenty-three percent said no. What do you think? With all those nutrition programs is it really a “farm” bill?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How will drought impact the Renewable Fuel Standard?” With corn prices up nearly 50 percent in the last month and forecasts saying it will go higher in the near future, this summer is proving to be a rough one. Here are a few more stats: 1,000 counties in 26 states are deemed “natural disaster areas” because of drought; 61 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is currently affected by drought; 30 percent of the corn crop is in poor or very poor condition. So what do you think – will the drought and effect on the corn crop impact the RFS?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

Wesley Grau, Chairman, Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Steve Phillips, International Plant Nutrition Institute
Karl Erichsen, Raven Dealer, South Africa
Tim Taylor, MapShots, on new AgStudio app
Colin Pollock, Raven Slingshot Sales Specialist

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