ZimmNews – December 19, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’re already getting OOTO messages letting us know that some of you are on vacation until after Jan. 1! The ZimmComm Team will be doing a little time off too but not just yet. ZimmComm World Headquarters will be officially closed between Christmas and New Years but . . . you can still reach us if you need to and you can still expect fresh content except for those two days. Posting will be light though. If you or your company have some story ideas that would lend themselves to post during that time please send them asap so we can get them in the process.

Chuck has been looking for a new outlet for his gadget fascination and that got kicked off this week He is beginning a regular column affectionately called The AgNerd Cloud. The cloud kind of covers everything and is also one of the biggest drivers of new technology, including on the farm. Chuck plans to publish this AgWired column two times/month and is open to and looking for ideas. Ideas can include a trip to your facilities to spend some in-depth time on new technology, especially in the precision area. Sponsorships of this column are available right now btw.

According to our latest New Holland sponsored ZimmPoll most think that anti-GMO attitudes present the biggest challenge to the seed industry followed next by environmental regulations.

In the spirt of AgNerdish gadgetry our new ZimmPoll wants to know “What type of gadget is on your wish or to-give list?”

A couple things to think about include: The 12 Days of Christmas Sale for the 2015 AgChat Foundation National Collegiate Congress. You can get a registration discount or pay for one if you know a budding agvocate who wants to go. Also, you can now register for the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference which will be held in KC, MO.

Hopefully, you have all or most of your Christmas shopping done. If not, take a deep breath, let it out slowly, relax in your recliner, take a short nap, then git er’ done!

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

Dr. Becky Langer, Bayer CropScience Bee Care Program, encourages comments on neonic benefits
Brian O’Keefe, Executive VP, AgriBank, on 2015 interest rates
Justin Clark, BASF, on Flo-Rite and increased yields
Chandler Goule, NFU, on disagreement with RFS report recommendations
Bud Hughes, Verdant Partners, on First The Seed Foundation
Hick Chick Chat with Ron Restum, Koch Agronomic Services

* Don’t forget that you can now hear AgWired interviews and audio in the On-Demand section of the MyFarmRadio App! Get it now.

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ZimmNews – December 12, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

ZimmComm Team members Cindy and Leah are on the way home from Chicago and the American Seed Trade Association 2014 CSS & Seed Expo. They’ve got lots of stories posted and more to come plus hundreds of photos for you to enjoy. You’ll also find Jamie’s stories from last week’s BIVI PRRS Seminar.

Now the team gets an end of the year break. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be finding fresh, interesting and informative content courtesy of ZimmComm New Media!

According to our latest ZimmPoll most people would like Congress to handle tax breaks with two words – Flat Tax! Our new ZimmPoll asks you, “What’s the biggest challenge for the seed industry?”

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

Dr. PH Rathjen, BIVI, on following management rules to tackle PRRS
Biotech advocate Dr. Kevin Folta, University of Florida, who took Food Babe to task
Steve Bergsheneider, BASF, on coatings and inoculants
John Carlson, Bayer CropScience, on ILeVO seed treatment
ASTA Chair, John Schoenecker, on CSS 2014
Daren Coppock, ARA, wraps up annual convention

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ZimmNews – December 5, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The end is near for 2014 but the ZimmComm Team is not ready for the holiday celebration just yet. This week Chuck went to New Orleans and covered the Agricultural Retailers Association Annual Convention & Expo You can find his stories on AgWired with more to come. Jamie Johansen is on her way to Chicago for the BIVI PRRS Seminar. Then Cindy and Leah will be off to Chicago early next week for the ASTA CSS 2014 & Seed Expo.

Chuck is starting a regular AgGadget Review column on AgWired with the serious AgNerd in mind. He’s looking for a sponsor and is trying to come up with a creative name for it. If you have an idea for him on either of these please let him know by the end of next week. Anyone who submits a name idea will be entered to win a prize from the ZimmComm AgNerd stash!

Chuck and Cindy are thankful for all the well wishes they received when they took some time to celebrate their daughter Caitlin’s wedding to Clint Underwood.

As we near the end of the year our Congress is once again considering a package of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. These include ones that have to be renewed instead of being made permanent. Take our new ZimmPoll to let us know what you think Congress should do.

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

Dustin Johansen, CAT, on growth into the ag market
Billy Pirkle, Chair, ResponsibleAg and board member of ARA
Danielle Palmer, Alltech, on Crop Services
Richard Gupton, ARA, legislative update
James Tillman, USDA-NRCS, on programs offered
Barry Lubbers, Alta Seeds, on expanded sorghum products
Louisiana FFA students welcome ARA attendees
Darren Coppock, ARA President/CEO, previews convention
Hick Chick Chat with Case IH at NAFB

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ZimmNews – November 25, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We want to wish everyone a very wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The ZimmComm Team is very thankful for all the support we receive from our sponsors and community members.

If you’re having a big holiday meal let us know what your favorite side dish is in this week’s ZimmPoll.

Here are some interviews from this short week you might have missed. We’ll be taking Thanksgiving day off for fresh content but check back after that.

Risa Demasi, ASTA officer
Darrell Glaser, new USFRA Faces of Farming & Ranching
Chip Bowling, NCGA President, discusses issues
Chad Brommer, BASF, on Engenia

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ZimmNews – November 21, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you’ve been enjoying a week of stories from the NAFB Convention on the AgWired websites. We’ve still got more to go too. Next week will be a slow holiday week for some people but not Chuck and Cindy. They will be spending time with family as their youngest daughter Caitlin gets married to Clint Underwood!

Here are some interviews/audio from this week you might have missed. Remember, there is always more on the websites!

Chandler Goule, NFU, on COOL
Mark Kaplan, BASF intern and a Florida Gator
Brian Winnekins, NAFB President-Elect
Tony St. James, NAFB Vice President
Bob Dinneen, RFA, why they love farm broadcasters
Andy Lavigne, ASTA, on CSS 2014 event
Janet Adkinson, NAFB Past President
Matt Hancock, FMC, 3RIVE 3D

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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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