ZimmNews – January 23, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

For a full decade ZimmComm has provided the Biodiesel Blogger for the National Biodiesel Conference. That has primarily been Chuck who just got back from this year’s conference in Ft. Worth. He’s got a lot of stories to share still in the next several days which will include a focus on new biodiesel vehicles, young scientists and their products and the annual Eye on Biodiesel awards. There are also 472 photos online from the event for your viewing/sharing pleasure. We can’t say enough how much we appreciate the long term enjoyable relationship with the National Biodiesel Board and their support of what was a new communications channel at that time! On to Florida for the conference next year.

Starting today the AgriBlogger will be conducting regular AgNerd giveaways. He’s been doing it on social media for a while but will now do so more formally on AgWired and it will tie in to his new AgNerd Cloud column. He’s got some cool items in his giveaway stash so keep your eye out for announcements. If you’d like some great online exposure for your company by being the sponsor of all this AgNerd goodness please contact Chuck for ideas. He always has some good ones!

There’s a big football game coming up on February 1 and it seems like the media just want to talk about commercials, the Deflatriots vs. Seahawks, and old statistics. But we want to know about Super Bowl Food! Yeah. Like, as in, What’s your favorite Super Bowl party food? That’s our new ZimmPoll. So c’mon foodies. Let us know so we can share.

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

Paul Wenger, California Farm Bureau President, on water availability
Joe Jobe, CEO, NBB, on taking back the RFS back
Matt Blunt, President, American Automotive Policy Council, speech
Steven Levy, NBB Chair, inspiring members
America’s Renewable Future Campaign Announcement conference call

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ZimmNews – January 16, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Cindy is home from the 2015 American Farm Bureau Federation Convention. You can find all kinds of interviews and other content on AgWired and also aggregated onto AgNewsWire as well. She gets a break next week while Chuck heads to Ft. Worth for the National Biodiesel Conference where he’ll morph into the Biodiesel Blogger once again. Yep, we’re back into the season of conventions and meetings.

We were a little surprised at the results of our lastest ZimmPoll Even with a lot of concerns people have regarding human rights violations in Cuba an overwhelming 84% of respondents said the U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba will benefit all aspects of agriculture. No respondents thought it a bad idea.

So, this week’s ZimmPoll goes another direction asking, Is China’s recent ban on imports of U.S. poultry & eggs justified? Let us know what you think.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President, talks next year’s AFBF convention
Jon Hegeman, AFBF YF&R Chair, talks about farming
Bob Stallman, AFBF President, on top issues for delegates
Dr. Bob Bruss, Nufarm, on cotton plant regulators
Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver, thanks farmers & ranchers

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ZimmNews – January 9, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Back to work? We hope you love cold because it even got cold at ZimmComm World Headquarters this week with 9 degree wind chills. But hey, it’s winter.

Chuck got things kicked off this week with a visit to the Beltwide Cotton Conferences courtesy of Nufarm You can find his stories on AgWired. Cindy is packing right now for the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in San Diego. So, the team is back in action and there is so much more to come.

When it came to what you thought were the top stories in ag in 2014 our ZimmPoll showed the California drought and no RFS numbers from the EPA at the top followed by the new Farm Bill, Transportation issues, PED virus in swine and then others. Now with the big Cuba trade deal we’re asking, “What do you think about the US Ag Coalition for Cuba?”

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

Ag organizations speaking at US Ag Coalition for Cuba kickoff
Dan Durheim, AFBF, convention preview
Jon Doggett, NCGA, on new Congress
Jerome Kovar, Nufarm, on new cotton products
Bill Robertson, University of Arkansas, on Beltwide Consultants Conference
Richard Fordyce, Missouri Dir. of Agriculture, on adding value to beef

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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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