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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team wants to wish you and yours a wonderful Easter holiday. We’re going to be pretty much closed down starting Good Friday but of course we’ll be peeking at the web. Of course!
We’ve been having a nice break from the agriblogging highway but things will start picking up again with the 2012 Agri-Marketing Conference. Have you registered? Please stop by the ZimmComm booth, #412. We’ll have something unique for you!
It is hard to believe but AgChat is celebrating three years! The AgChat Foundation is celebrating two years and the 2012 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference is scheduled – August 23-24, Kansas City, MO.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should ABC News be Liable for Job Losses due to Lean Beef Trimmings Story?” Sixty percent of you said Yes and forty percent said No.
As Cindy has said about this issue, “Yellow journalism makes pink slime.” Have you read various online stories about this? Maybe worse than the terrible and slanted reporting are the comments we’ve been seeing. There are really some seriously stupid people out there judging by their comments. We know that some people object to the use of the word stupid but “Stupid is as stupid does.” Thank you Sally Fields. Of course the reporting is giving them an outlet to showcase their ignorance. But the real tragedy is the impact this has had on people’s lives. This includes the ones who have lost their jobs and the consumers who will be paying more for beef.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Will we have a farm bill by end of 2012?” Hmm. Election year, budget issues, should be interesting.
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
This week Chuck and Cindy took the GROWMARK Media Tour in central Illinois and learned more about one of our key sponsors. You can find lots of photos from the event in their photo album.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think is a fair “death tax” rate?” It is no surprise that common sense and fair thinking respondents said Zero – 66%; 35% over $5 million – 0% under (current) – 21%; Other – 8 % and 55% over $1 million – 0% under (pre 2001) – 5%. This really is one of the most unfair taxes we’ve got and in our opinion there should not be any tax on a person’s estate after death. What are your thoughts?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Should ABC News be Liable for Job Losses due to Lean Beef Trimmings Story?” This is one of the worst examples of supposed “news” reporting we’ve seen lately. It shows how a desperate for ratings news network will not just distort facts but publish erroneous information. They have no credibility. However, a gullible public has embraced their misinformation. The result? Job layoffs for people with families to feed who were making a very safe and nutritious product. That’s twisted. Do you think ABC News should be held liable? Should the media be held accountable for the financial impact inaccurate news stories have on jobs and businesses? Another likely outcome of this debacle will be higher beef prices. Nice, huh?
If for some reason you don’t know what this is all about, here’s a link to the ABC News story and here’s where you can get the truth – BeefisBeef.com.
Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
GROWMARK Govt. Affairs Director, Chuck Spencer, on legislative priorities
Sec. Vilsack & Gov. Branstad press conference on BPI’s LFTB
GROWMARK Electronic Communications Specialist, talks about new cropNAtion app
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The 2012 Agricultural Relations Council Annual Meeting is taking place this week in Charleston, SC and Chuck is there. Check out his photos from the meeting and he’s posting stories and interviews on AgWired!
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is “Organic” food healthier than “Conventional” food?” The majority of respondents said No at 60 percent with only 40 percent saying Yes. Most of the people we know don’t think organic means healthier and although they will eat something that is certified organic they just don’t want to pay more for it. Do these results surprise you?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What do you think is a fair “death tax” rate?” Permanent estate tax relief and reform is extremely important not only to farmers but everyone regardless of what business you own or work for. Seriously, why should the government tax your estate just because you died? Didn’t you pay taxes all your life building that estate including real estate taxes, income taxes, etc? Here’s to hoping we get some reasonable long term resolution to this issue.
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Carla Mudd, Illinois Farm Bureau, talks about communicating the Illinois farm family message
Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy, talks about ethanol on the NASCAR track in 2012
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
It’s time to look ahead to the 2012 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Acres of Innovation.” ZimmComm will be taking up a very small portion of that acreage with a booth in the Connection Point once again. We hope you’ll stop by. The conference is April 18-20 in Kansas City. Get yourself registered!
We are looking for the right person (or people) to become a ZimmComm producer. The right person would be very self-motivated and passionate about agriculture, as well as having most or all of the following skills (listed in order of importance):
1. Computer savvy – Mac or PC
2. Flexible work schedule for on-site assignments
3. Digital photography – composing, shooting, editing
4. Audio production – conducting interviews, editing
5. Short format writing skills
6. Social Networking experience – Blog, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
7. Video production (web style) – shooting, editing
8. WordPress experience
Please contact chuck@zimmcomm.biz for more information.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard more important to agriculture than the farm bill?” The statement was made during a recent meeting I attended that the Renewable Fuel Standard was more important to agriculture than the Farm Bill. In a show of how important it is 38% each of respondents said Yes and Both are important. Only 24% said No. What do you think? Many people seem to think the RFS only benefits corn/soybean growers but they don’t take into account that all farmers receive benefit from lower fuel costs just like the general public.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is “Organic” food healthier than “Conventional” food?” During Tuesday’s AgChat this topic received a fair amount of discussion. Even though there is a USDA Certified Organic Program it appears that the term is not widely understood. We haven’t seen any evidence that the public in general really cares that much either and are pretty sure that most would not want to pay more for food that has to conform to the certified standards. What do you think? We’ve already received feedback asking for definitions and saying that these aren’t simple terms to ask a yes/no answer of. Sorry but that’s the way it is. We believe one of the problems with this whole issue is a lack of common definitions that are accepted by everyone. We want the poll to come from individual perceptions. Should be interesting!
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
John Chism, Pioneer Hi-Bred Senior Marketing Manager talks about FIT®
April Hemmes, Monsanto Farm Mom of the Year 2011 Midwest Region Winner
BASF Personality Profile – Neil Bentley, Director of Marketing, U.S. Crop Business
National Outstanding Young Farmers – Chad & Danielle Budy at National Ag Day Activities
Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University, talks about hog feed choices at BIVI Swine Health Seminar
vanderBroek, Bayer CropScience Global COO, on increasing productivity through innovation
Greg Schwab, Koch Agronomic Services, on stabilized nitrogen
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Happy National Agriculture Day. Well, officially that was March 8 this year as multiple activities took place in Washington, DC, coordinated by the Agriculture Council of America. Chuck was there again courtesy of the American Seed Trade Association. During his trip to the Nation’s Capitol, Chuck saw the ending of a USFRA Food Dialogues event and then took reception photos for Sara Wyant and Agri-Pulse. Then it was time for coffee at USDA, a lunch meet and mingle at the House building and dinner with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack back at USDA. We’d like to thank ASTA for their support and congratulate the Agriculture Council of America for putting on a great day to celebrate American agriculture and all the farmers and others who produce safe affordable food in such abundance. If you’d like to see photos from event, Chuck took lots of them. You can also find interviews and various speaker remarks on AgWired.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is our food system broken?” Not according to you with 63% saying no and only 37% saying yes. During the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum held prior to the Commodity Classic, one of our speakers was Gawain Kripke, Oxfam America. He told us “our food system is broken.” We think the statement was made out of frustration that we produce more food than we can eat in this country and a huge amount goes to waste. Since we don’t have a system to get waste food to those who need it they seem to believe the food system is broken. It’s a provocative statement and we’d love your thoughts.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is maintaining the Renewable Fuels Standard more important to agriculture than the farm bill?” The statement was made during a recent meeting we attended that the Renewable Fuels Standard is more important to agriculture than the Farm Bill. What do you think?
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack remarks at National Ag Day Celebration Dinner
High School FFA Students enjoying National Ag Day Activities
Senator Debbie Stabenow on need to communicate with urban public
Senator Pat Roberts on need to communicate with urban public
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse, talks about National Ag Day Activities
Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News, talks about moderating USFRA Food Dialogues
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team says hello from Orlando, FL and the 2012 National Ethanol Conference. Chuck and Cindy have been covering the conference on Domestic Fuel this week. You can find some great photos from the event here. Next stop is the Commodity Classic in Nashville, TN this coming week.
In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question, “What’s the next “big” thing in ag comm/social media?” Your responses are: Smartphone/Mobile Apps at 49%; Pinterest at 17%; Farm reality tv show at 15%; Not created yet at 11%; Expanded 4G LTE at 4%; Mobile/Online games at 2% and Other at 2%. Surprised? Got any other ideas you’d like to share?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What will be planted this year?” We’re getting close to that time as National Agriculture Day is just around the corner. Let us know what you think.
Here are links to some audio and interviews you may have missed this week:
Interview with Sec. Vilsack on outlook for ethanol industry
Bob Dinneen, RFA President/CEO, gives State of Ethanol Industry Address
Josh St. Peters, Pioneer, on new AcreMax products
Thierry Mahe, New Holland Mexico, on new TS6 tractors
Interview with Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House on leadership/energy security
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team is attending a record breaking Commodity Classic this week in Nashville, TN. You can find out what’s going on by visiting AgWired.com. At last count there are nearly 6,000 registered attendees at this combined meeting of the NCGA, ASA, NAWG and NSP. You can find photos from the event in Chuck & Cindy’s online photo album.
In our latest ZimmPoll we asked, “What will be planted this year?” It’s that time and everyone seems to have their own idea about what it will be. 45% of respondents said More of both, 32% said More corn less soybeans and 12% each said More soybeans less corn and Less of both. USDA is estimating corn acreage will be higher this year and the highest since 1944 with soybean acres nearly the same as last year. What do you think?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is our food system broken?” During the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum one of our speakers was Gawain Kripke, Oxfam America. He told us “our food system is broken.” We think the statement was made out of frustration that we produce more food than we can eat in this country and a huge amount goes to waste. Since we don’t have a system to get waste food to those who need it they seem to believe the food system is broken. It’s a provacative statement and we would love your thoughts.
Here are some interviews you might have missed. Much more audio on AgWired, so check it out!
Paul Rea, BASF VP, U.S. Crop Protection, on future of weed control
• Dr. Larry Steckler, University of Tennessee, on weed control
Gary Niemeyer, President, NCGA, preview of Commodity Classic
Kai Robertson, Director, Food, Beverage & Ag Practice, BSR, on food waste
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team is agriblogging from the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. You can see Chuck and Cindy’s photos here.
Just in time for the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show, our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How do you think farm equipment sales will do this year compared to last?” Things are looking bright for exhibitors at the show since 48% said Higher. However, 34% said Lower and 18% said Same. That seems like a positive outlook. What do you think?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the next “big” thing in ag comm/social media?” Chuck posed this question last week and got quite a few responses. Here’s your chance to weigh in on the subject. If you have a different choice please feel free to leave a comment.
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
John Elliott, New Holland, discusses all the new products being introduced by the company
Brent Neuberger, FMC, discusses patent for Capture LFR Herbicide
Tim Hess, Fastline, discusses the launch of the AgRacer game app
Corinne Fetter, Kentucky State Fair Board, previews the 2012 NFMS
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Chuck went from Beef Board Blogger to Biodiesel Blogger this week posting for the 7th year on the National Biodiesel Conference Blog, sponsored by New Holland. He’s got over 360 conference photos online. Have you thought about having the ZimmComm team blog your conference? Whether it’s about production agriculture or biofuels production or anything connected with food, the team has experience with it and would be happy to try to fit your event into their schedule.
In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question, “What do you think about the proposed Egg Products Inspection legislation?”. We were surprised to find that although 59% said Dangerous precedent for livestock production, 41% said Necessary to save egg farming industry. Kind of a divided reaction. Does this surprise you?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How do you think farm equipment sales will do this year compared to last?” Let us know what you think. Will there be more new equipment sales this year? Is it time to replace a worn out piece of equipment?
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Kristina Butts, NCBA Legislative Affairs Director, on proposed egg products inspection legislation
Paul Teutul, Sr., Orange County Choppers, talks about the Biodiesel Bike
Colin Woodall, NCBA Government Affairs V.P., on top policy concerns
Forrest Roberts, NCBA CEO, on the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention
Joe Jobe, NBB CEO, speech at National Biodiesel Conference
Jill Ginn, past-president, ANCW, comments from stage at Cattle Industry Convention
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Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team is on location at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention this week. They’ve got hundreds of photos online for your viewing pleasure. Chuck has been Beef Board Blogging once again. After the event he heads off to Orlando where he magically morphs into the Biodiesel Blogger. This will be the 7th year that ZimmComm has blogged the National Biodiesel Conference!
While at the Cattle Industry Convention Chuck noticed a prominently displayed HSUS image in the Gaylord Opryland promotional video playing on screens all over the place. After tweeting about it and posting to FB the NCBA team jumped in to action and “explained” things to the hotel management who immediately apologized and removed the offensive video. We applaud them for that action!
Chuck also conducted a workshop on the use of smartphones and mobile apps as communications tools at the first ever NCBA Communications Workshop. It has been a busy week for the team.
ZimmComm sponsored the NCBA Excellence in Communications Awards again this year. The awards recognize communications professionals from NCBA state affiliate organizations and cattle breed associations, as well as an agricultural journalist. The recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Communications and Public Relations for a state affiliate is Carmen Fenton, director of public affairs for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and for a breed affiliate is Angie Stump Denton, director of communications for the American Hereford Association (AHA).
In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question, “Do you agree with President Obama’s call for more clean (renewable) energy?” Overwhelmingly, the answer was Yes at 74%, however, there were 24% saying no. Feel free to comment on the reason for your choice.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What do you think about the proposed Egg Products Inspection legislation?” Let us know what you think. You can find the currently proposed House Bill here.
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Phil Hardee, NCBA PAC Chairman
J.D. Alexander, NCBA President-Elect, general session remarks
NAMA Producer Panel thoughts on social media
Wesley Grau, CBB Chairman, general session remarks
Bill Donald, NCBA President, opening remarks
Polly Ruhland, CBB CEO, preview of convention
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