ZimmNews – April 1, 2016

In ZimmNews by Talia

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a relatively quiet week. The ZimmComm Team is not complaining. A good break from the agriblogging highway is welcome. Our next stop is Kansas City for the Agri-Marketing Conference. You’ll find us there in Connection Point booth 417-419. We hope to see you and show you a new kind of selfie. More to come on that.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What should Congress do about GMO labeling?” We got a mixed bag of results. Most agricultural organizations supported Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Robert’s bill on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions, blocking advancement of the legislation that would create a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients. Yet, Senate failed to agree and now it is in the hands of Congress.

Here are the poll results:
• Nothing, let states decide – 31%
• Pass mandatory national law – 25%
• Pass voluntary, educational law – 35%
• Don’t know – 6%
• Other – 3%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Do you have a degree in agriculture?

A recent survey conducted for Land O’Lakes suggests that there is very low interest in college grads to pursue a career in agriculture. However, AgCareers.com sees a very different trend AgCareers has a 33% increase in the number of visits to their website in the last year. This led us to wonder if you have a degree in agriculture and how you might be using it.

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

Stuart McCulloh, ScoutPro, company is growing
Tim Laatsch, GROWMARK, on becoming Climate Pro dealer
Dawn Caldwell, Nebraska Cattle Rancher, “I Am USFRA”
Al Luke, Bayer CropScience, LibertyLink seed availability
Eric Spell, AgCareers.com, ag college enrollment all time high
Diane Johnson, Ag Media Summit, a look ahead

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