ZimmNews – March 13, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Spring is almost here and we hope most of you are having a nice warm feeling at home for a change. Spring also means National Ag Day is coming up. You can catch the activities on AgWired.com as Chuck covers the various events that will take place in Washington, DC courtesy of GROWMARK.

When it comes to Trade Promotion Authority our ZimmPoll respondents told us Congress should grant the President that authority. Seventy five person said yes!

Now we’re asking, “Which potential presidential candidate would be best for ag?” Let us know what you think.

If you haven’t registered for April’s Agri-Marketing Conference keep in mind that the deadline for early registration is March 19.

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

Anna Leigh Peek, Monsanto Consumer Engagement Specialist
Robert Moorehead, Mississippi State, on drones
Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation
Chandler Goule, NFU, on their 113th annual mtg.
Randy Dowdy, National Corn Yield Contest winner
Richard Brock, Brock Associates, on commodity outlook
Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chair, on Research & Food Industry Workshop
Michael Rogers, author, journalist and futurist on smart sensors and cheap connectivity

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ZimmNews – March 6, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Ready for spring? We sure are. Chuck will be attending National Ag Day Activities as the official photographer again this year with support from our sponsor GROWMARK. That is coming up soon!

The ZimmComm team has been very busy this week posting stories from all the events we’ve covered in the last couple weeks. Remember that you can always go to AgNewsWire.com to see aggregated content links from these events.

A very clear majority of respondents (75%) to our latest ZimmPoll disagreed with the new government control over the internet. It is known as net neutrality but is actually a lengthy set of regulations sent to the FCC by the Obama Administration which was voted in last week.

With trade being a hot topic in agriculture right now our new ZimmPoll is asking, Should Congress grant TPA? Let us know what you think.

We want to issue a big shoutout of congratulations to Paul Redhage for being selected as NAMA’s Marketer of the Year and to Clint Lewis, Zoetis, for being selected as NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year We look forward to seeing them at the April National Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City. If you are attending please stop by our Connection Point booth and say hello!

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Doug Felter, John Deere, on new self-propelled sprayer
Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience, support of next gen ag professionals
Trevor Rempel, New Holland, on new Flex-Coil P Series Air Carts
Cinch Munson, PERC, farmer interest in propane power
Dr. Angela Baysinger, PIC, doing what is right for the pig
Caren Schmidt, BASF, on Xanthion In-Furrow
Don Johnson, FMC, on Obey herbicide and incentive program

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ZimmNews – February 27, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a wild and crazy week on the agriblogging highway. After Chuck returned from the Daytona 500 working with New Holland he and Cindy hit the road for Phoenix and the 10th Annual Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum From there Cindy attended the BASF Science Behind event and then it was on to Commodity Classic joined by ZimmComm intern Taylor Truckey. But while they are working on that show Chuck is on his way to the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis. There’s a lot to see and hear on AgWired this week!

Would you like to follow some top ten ag journalists on Twitter? West Central has a list to recommend. You can find that list here: http://inthefurrow.com/10-agriculture-journalists-follow-twitter/. Hint: it contains one of our own.

Our last ZimmPoll asked about which crop insurance option you would choose and a big percentage of respondents are unsure. ARC still beat out PLC though.

This week we’re asking “What do you think of proposed government control over the internet? Yesterday the FCC announced new regulations that have huge implications on what was once a “free internet.” Of course the internet has never been free but with these new rules apparently dictated by President Obama, the government now will be regulating ISP’s like telephone companies. It is predicted you’ll soon have new service charges showing up on your internet bills. We wonder how much else will change.

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

Bob Stern, Iteris, on ClearAg Crop Protection Beta Testing Pgm.
Tom Uhlman, NE farmer on using propane power
Lisa Lunz, USFRA Board Member, about FARMLAND on sale at Walmart
Neil Bentley, BASF, on Corn, Soy and Wheat scholarships
Rebecca Gunderson, New Holland, on 3-A-Day iPad Giveaway
Andrew Fansler, Indiana farmer, on receiving Bayer CropScience Young Farmer Sustainability Award

There is a lot more on AgWired so please visit or check your feed!

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ZimmNews – February 20, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy have spent the week in Texas at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference. While there they live streamed Bob Dinneen, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association, as he delivered his annual state of the ethanol industry remarks. Other audio from the event can be found at AgNewWire.com.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked, “Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?” The results are leaning toward ARC, but many farmers out there are still unsure as to which policy will be best for their operation.

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Former US Trade Rep, Ron Kirk, talks trade at NEC
Bob Dinneen, RFA, on “Going Global”
Under Sec Michael Scuse, addresses Missouri State University School of Ag
Tyler Tuttle, FMC, talks Marvel Herbicide
Dawn Pelon, New Holland, shares the many anniversaries of company in 2015

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ZimmNews – February 13, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The @FarmPodcaste and @AgriBlogger are on their way home from another National Farm Machinery Show It was big iron time in Louisville, KY and they’ll continue sharing stories over the next week. You can find photos here Next week they take off for Grapevine, TX and the National Ethanol Conference.

Do you understand crop insurance options? Is picking one a chore on your to-do list? Let us know what your choice is in our new ZimmPoll, “Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?”

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Matt Hancock, FMC, talks about 3RIVE 3D
Kristin Perry, Missouri ALOT, on new class
Todd DeBock, New Holland, on new Boomer tractors
Evelyn Browning-Gariss on climate change
Kelby Krueger, John Deere, ExactEmerge a year later

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ZimmNews – February 6, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We want to say a big congratulations to our Jamie Johansen who is just starting the Missouri Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) program! We know it will be a great experience and she is just the type of participant the program is designed for.

This week Chuck got his first experience with crop insurance by attending the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau annual meeting courtesy of sponsor Rural Community Insurance Agency. He’s got some great interviews that are showing up on AgWired.com.

Chuck and Cindy are gearing up for an annual trip to Louisville, KY for the National Farm Machinery Show. It’s that time of the year!

Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Greg Mills, outgoing Chair, CIRB
Sheri Bane, new Chair, CIRB
Secretary of Ag Vilsack and others on 2014 farm bill implementation
Ted Andrews, Roka Bioscience, on salmonella testing
Ajay Bhoyar, Novus International, on enzymes
Kevin Ross, Iowa corn grower, on soil health

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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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