ZimmNews – Feb 7, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We want to congratulate our Jamie Johansen and husband Kevin for the arrival of their first child, Harper James Johansen, 7 lb., 14 oz., 21 inches! She is a beautiful baby and you know we love babies. Jamie has a very good reason to be getting a break from the agriblogging highway. You can still expect to see her in the future though.

This week Chuck is on the road to the 2014 MapShots Customer Conference. He’s in AgNerd paradise talking data, cloud, integration, precision and more.

The ZimmComm Team has been working all week on preparations for several events coming up on the schedule. These include next week’s National Farm Machinery Show and Boehringer Ingelheim event. Following that will be the National Ethanol Conference and then Commodity Classic. We’ve got them covered!

In our latest ZimmPoll – “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?” – well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would not use them yet. We’re going to see a lot more about this new technology since predictions have been made that eighty percent of the multi-million dollar market will be for agricultural use.

Our poll results:

▪Yes, if affordable – 50%
▪No – 18%
▪Yes, at any price – 14%
▪No, worried about privacy – 14%
▪What are they? – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s best in the new farm bill?”

The Senate finally passed its version of a conference bill Jan. 29, and now the farm bill goes to President Obama’s desk. As you can read on Senator Debbie Stabenow’s website “This isn’t your father’s Farm Bill. It is a bill for our future that grows our agriculture economy, helps provide greater access to healthy Michigan-grown foods, preserves our land and water, and cuts unnecessary spending. The Farm Bill is a rare example of a major bipartisan jobs bill and a bipartisan deficit reduction bill,” Chairwoman Stabenow said. Have you had the chance to review the new bill? Let us know what you think is the best part.

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

Tim Taylor, MapShots, on 2014 Customer Conference
Thad Simons, Novus International, talks about IFAMA
Coalition for Safe Affordable Food conf. call announcement
Kaleb Lindquist, Ag Leader Technology, talks about AgFiniti
Sec. of Ag Tom Vilsack, on what USDA will do first when Farm Bill is signed

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ZimmNews – Jan 31, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team enjoyed seeing lots of friends on the road this week. Chuck attended the quarterly NAMA Executive Committee Mtg in Austin, TX and got to spend an extra day courtesy of the ice storm in Atlanta. Cindy was in Atlanta at the IPPE show but didn’t have any troubles as the show went on. Meanwhile, Joanna was attending the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and then the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, IA. We’ve got lots of stories across the ZimmComm News Network from these events for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure.

Of course the big news was the Farm Bill which looks destined to become law as soon as the Senate signs off on it which is expected. This is important to all agrimarketers in all commodity group areas since it will at least bring some more certainty to the marketplace.

We had an very large turnout of voters for this week’s controversial ZimmPoll question - “What’s your opinion of state HSUS Ag Councils?” The majority of voters agree that if the HSUS label is present in anything, then it can’t be trusted. However, many are eager to work with the group. It will be interesting to see how productive these HSUS Ag Councils are for the organization as it continues to seek to influence legislation and regulations.

Our poll results:

▪ Can’t trust HSUS – 55%
▪ Should work with HSUS – 32%
▪ Waste of time – 7%
▪ Don’t know – 2%
▪ Other – 4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?”

Precision technology in the agricultural industry is a booming business. We have been seeing a lot of talk about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) or better known as drones. The use of drones to fly over crops and livestock to maximize profits is one of the hottest topics entering the agriculture sector. The sky seems to be the limit when it comes to the possibilities with this new technology, but advancements won’t be seen at all until approval is given from the FAA. The price tag might seem high to some, but others may see only see the benefits. We did a similar ZimmPoll on this topic last year asking, “What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?” Could you see yourself utilizing these unmanned aircrafts to increase profitability on your operation?

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

Steve Olson, North American Meat Assocation, on specialty pork cuts
Jeff Klopfenstein, Novus, on 30 yr. anniversary of ALIMET
Mike Olson, Ag Leader Technology, on what 2014 will bring
Scott Long, GROWMARK, on propane shortage/prices
Young Scientists attending National Biodiesel Conference talk about their research
Bob Dinneen, at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

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Zimmnews – Jan 24, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Got biodiesel? How about news and information from the National Biodiesel Conference? Chuck was the Biodiesel Blogger again this year. It’s the 9th straight year that ZimmComm has blogged the conference for the National Biodiesel Board. He got lots of photos and interviews and has more to post in the next couple days before heading to Austin, TX for a NAMA Exec. Comm. Mtg.

Next week Cindy will be taking off for Atlanta and the International Production & Processing Expo courtesy of Novus International. While she’s there Joanna Schroeder will be covering the Iowa Power Farming Show courtesy of Ag Leader Technology. We’re looking forward to a busy end of winter and early spring.

Our newest ZimmPoll is getting quite a bit of attention. Anything involving the HSUS does. The question is “What’s your opinion of state HSUS Ag Councils?” We have our own of course. What’s yours?

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

Len Hering, Rear Admiral, USN, Ret., speech at National Biodiesel Conference
Iowa Governor, Terry Brandstad, remarks to EPA at RFS Hearing in the Heartland
Policy Panel – Anne Steckel, NBB, Byron Dorgan, former Sen., Kenny Hulshof, former Rep.
Kirk Leeds, Iowa Soybean Association, on receiving Eye on Biodiesel Award
Don Borgman, John Deere, on receiving NBB Lifetime Achievement Award
NBB Chair, Steven Levy, Speech

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ZimmNews – Jan 17, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck got back on the agriblogging highway this week – and while he was covering the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, he got word that youngest daughter Caitlin gave birth to a beautiful boy, making him and Cindy grandparents for the first time. Cruz Alexander Underwood was born on January 14, at 7’5″ and 20 inches. They flew up to Missouri as soon as possible and saw baby Cruz by the time he was just 36 hours old and have been there ever since. If you’re friends with them on FB or follow on Twitter you already know this.

Getting back to the AFBF annual convention, Chuck got lots of great photos and interviews and created quite a buzz using ZimmGlass (his name for his Google Glass) to shoot video interviews and share photos. He’s using the device to see how it fits into an agricultural media work flow and writing a series of articles about it on AgWired. It’s called The ZimmGlass Project. Perhaps your company or organization would be interested in sponsoring the project? He’d be happy to discuss. Part of that deal would include a presentation on Glass at your meeting or event!

We hope you’ve warmed up after the Polar Vortex (PV) attack. With all the news coverage you’d have thought we were living “The Day After Tomorrow” movie. Environmental and man made global warming activists must have thought they were watching the news when they watched that one. LOL!

But we want to know how the PV affected you. This week’s New Holland-sponsored ZimmPoll question is “How did the ‘Polar Vortex’ affect you?” Please let us know.

Our AgWired App is available for free and we’re seeking new sponsors for it. Much thanks to iCropTrak for being our latest sponsor. The app is installed on approximately 8,000 devices and last we checked they use the app an average of almost 2x/day. That’s pretty high btw. Just let Dave or Chuck know if you’re interested.

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

Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director of Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University, on AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative
James Wesley, Recording Artist
Jake Carter, Georgia, new AFBF YF&R Chair
Bob Stallman, AFBF President, Closing Press Conference
John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President, on grass roots policy process & Florida priorities
Bob Haselwood, Kansas soybean farmer & Vice Chairman, USB
Randy Krotz, USFRA
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack AFBF speech

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ZimmNews – Jan 10, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Got Glass? Chuck does. If you’re attending the AFBF convention this week you will see him sporting his newest agriblogging tool which he affectionately calls “ZimmGlass.” This will be his first on-location opportunity to practice including it into his work flow. This will be fun.

Speaking of Glass, our new ZimmPoll asks the question, “Would you wear Google Glass?” Let us know what you think. We want to give a shout out to New Holland for once again being a sponsor of our weekly ZimmPoll!

Speaking of cool work tools, many of you probably have a smart phone or perhaps were lucky enough to get one for Christmas. If so, how about adding the AgWired App. It’s free and easy and lets you go right to some of the best news and information about the world of agribusiness on the internet. We’ve got it for iOS and Android and are working on a new version which will be out soon. Get it now and then all you’ll have to do later is update it. Here’s where you can go to get it. Got it? Thank you very much to our most recent sponsor of the AgWired App, iCropTrak!

Now for an AgNewsWire update. Since we announced that we would be aggregating all our media content on AgNewsWire.com last April the response has been tremendous. The online Ag News Content Service has received great reviews from farm broadcasters and publication editors who have found images and audio they can use in their reporting efforts. Our event sponsors have found a new benefit to their sponsorships and we want to give a warm welcome to BASF and Dupont Pioneer for becoming the first ever AgNewsWire sponsors starting this month! If you’d like to know more about AgNewsWire please contact Chuck or Dave or more information.

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

Senator John Thune on Farm Bill
Senator Patrick Leahy floor speech on Farm Bill
RINS Report Media Call
Gordon Hunter, author, How Are You Mother Earth

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ZimmNews – Dec 20, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Hopefully you have all your holiday shopping done by now and all you have to do is spend some time relaxing and enjoying family and friends. That’s what we’re planning to do. Posting will be on the light side the next couple weeks but never fear we will have some interesting content to share as always.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “ Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?”

Our poll results:

· National – 29%
· None – 24%
· All of the above – 19%
· State – 10%
· Other – 10%
· Regional – 5%
· Local – 5%

Looks like quite a few of you will be traveling to shows this winter. Be careful and we hope you find what you’re looking for.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “ What is your traditional Christmas dinner?” Will there be a big bird in the middle of your family dinner table or a mouthwatering roast beef? Let us know!

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

Larry Robertson, Dow AgroSciences, on collaboration with John Deere
Mace Thornton, AFBF, on upcoming annual convention
Andy Lavigne, ASTA, on seed theft
Alyson Emanuel, BASF, on advanced seed enhancement
Tom Kroll, Nufarm, on Nuseed
RFA Celebrates Six Years of RFS

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ZimmNews – Dec 13, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Does Santa have your Christmas wish list? We hope you’re being especially nice this month! For you gadget lovers there are many, many new devices that can make your job and life more fun and productive. Of course, it is okay to unplug sometimes. Even Chuck and Cindy do. Yeah, right.

This week the ZimmComm team was out and about. This made sense to us but you may shake your head and wonder. First, Jamie was in Chicago with BIVI for their annual PRRS Seminar. Chuck was in Chicago next touring the Nufarm North American headquarters. And finally, Cindy and Leah have been in Chicago at the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo. Chuck and Cindy had a little bit of a shock with the temps since they’re already Florida acclimated. But you can find lots of stories and interviews on AgWired.com from these events this week.

Next up is “Break Time.” It’s holiday time so the team will be getting a nice break from the agriblogging highway. However, you won’t find any lack of great content on the ZimmComm News network. Remember to keep up with us online, via social media or with the free AgWired App. Oh, and if you send us your digital holiday messages we’ll feature them on AgWired when we can.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you plan to make any year-end equipment purchases?”

Our poll results:

· No – Not this year: 35%

· Yes – Planting equipment: 18%

· Yes – Sprayers: 12%

· Yes – GPS/guidance: 12%

· Yes – Hay equipment: 6%

· Yes – Harvest equipment: 6%

· Yes – Tillage: 6%

· Yes – Other: 6%

Looks like most of the farmers out there are either up-to-date on equipment or satisfied with what they have. Are things like Farm Bill uncertainty holding you back?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?” Are you planning to get out of the house to browse new products and services this fall and winter or wait and see what spring brings? Let us know!

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

Dr. Tim Loula, Swine Vet Centers, on PRRS
Lauri Adams, Pollinator Partnership
Justin Clark, BASF, on Advanced Seed Enhancement Platform
Scotty Nguyen, Prince of Poker
Monsanto/Novozymes Bioag Alliance Presser
Janice Walters, ASTA Dir. of Communications
Brian Rund, Nufarm, new NAFTA headquarters
Lots of testimony from yesterday’s EPA RFS hearing in DC

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ZimmNews – Dec 6, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Looks like a white winter already in parts of the country. Can’t say Chuck and Cindy are regretting their move back to home state Florida where it was 75 degrees this morning! However, Chuck gets on the agriblogging highway Sunday for Chicago and a visit to Nufarm’s new North American headquarters and manufacturing plant in Alsip, Illinois. He still has his midwest winter gear though so don’t worry.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What are you thankful for?”

Our poll results:

· All of the above – 37%

· Friends and family – 15%

· Good health – 12%

· Freedom – 8%

· Affordable food – 8%

· Rewarding work – 7%

· Our great nation – 7%

· Other – 7%

There are so many things for us to be thankful for that it’s no wonder an “All of the above” would be the top choice. We hope your families had a wonderful holiday and are now preparing for the Christmas season with full hearts as well!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you plan to make any year-end equipment purchases?” Is your farm expanding? Maybe it’s out with the old, in with the new? Maybe for tax purposes? Let us know!

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

Lots of testimony from yesterday’s EPA RFS hearing in DC

In case you have missed it, the ZimmComm Team has most of the interviews conducted at the NAFB convention aggregated on AgNewsWire.com here and here Check it out since you or your client may be featured.

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ZimmNews – Nov 29, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We do not have a Black Friday deal for you. Sorry. You probably have enough of those emailed to you already.

The ZimmComm Team wishes everyone a happy holiday weekend and we hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you to all of our fans, followers and sponsors for all your support throughout the year!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your opinion on the EPA lowering biofuels requirements?”

Our poll results:

· Bad for the country – 26%
· Guts the RFS and hurts ag – 26%
· Windfall for oil industry – 19%
· Other – 13%
· Industry can overcome – 7%
· Doesn’t go far enough – 5%
· Better for livestock producer – 4%

Looks like it’s a strong majority that feels the new requirements are bad all around – for the country and for the farmers – unless you’re in the oil industry. Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What are you thankful for?” ‘Tis the season to be thankful for so many things – we want to know what tops your list! Let us know.

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Zimfo Bytes – Nov 22, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Most of the ZimmComm team is in post-NAFB recovery. We conducted a record number of interviews which you’ll be finding all over the ZimmComm News Network. Chuck got back out on the agriblogging highway this week for the MFA, Inc. Annual Mtg. and 100 Yr. Celebration in Sedalia, MO. He’s back and cradling his new iPad Air. You’ll probably see him write about that experience on AgWired soon!

In advance of Thanksgiving week our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”How do you show food thanks?”

Our poll results:


· Thank a farmer in person – 32%

· Via social media – 26%

· Donating to a local food bank – 16%

· Nothing – 16%

· Invite people out to your farm – 5%

· Other – 5%

We are wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving season.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is your opinion on the EPA lowering biofuels requirements?” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released its proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel. The release has prompted a deluge of commentary from both sides of the biofuels issue. But what do you think – is it good for refiners and bad for ag and the economy? Let us know!

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

Janice Schuerman, MFA, Inc., Senior Vice President, on annual meeting
Merrill Swanson, Dugger, Canaday, Grafe, Inc., on ASFMRA Leadership Institure
Mark Jagels, Nebraska corn grower, elected Chairman of USMEF
Paul Redhage, FMC, on Anthem Singing Contest
Bill Streeter, MFA, Inc., on 100 yr. celebration
Dr. Robert Corbett, Dairy Health Consultation, on nutrition/management practices

And you’ll find a lot more!

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