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    2014 National Ag Day - Chuck and Cindy were both taking part in Ag Day activities in our nations Capitol.

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    2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March - American Coalition for Ethanol Capitol Hill visits and updates,

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    2014 Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics - The Agri-Pulse team put together another great farm legislation session at the Senate Hart Bldg.

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    New Holland Operation Blue Force 2014 - New Holland brought the ag media in to the same field training offered to dealers from around the country in Bakersfield, CA.

ZimmNews – September 14, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break from the agriblogging highway after the Farm Progress Show. Now it’s time to get back in action. Chuck will be covering the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Joliet, IL this weekend with the Illinois Family Farmers. There’s lots more coming up on the schedule too as we move into the fall season so we hope to see you from somewhere soon!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What tillage practice changes will you make due to drought?”

Our poll results: Thirty-one percent said No change, continue conventional till; 35% said No change, continue conservation till; 15% said Will start conservation till (no-till, strip-till, other) on part of crop; and 19% said Will start conservation till (no-till, strip-till, other) on all of crop.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you plan to buy an iPhone 5?” It’s taller, thinner, lighter weight and has a bigger screen. Or do you just love your Android? Or not want a smartphone at all? What do you think?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience, One World to Grow On Theme
Tom Buis, Growth Energy, on ethanol industry supporting Farm Bill Now
Demetric Mass, Michelin, on new YieldBib tires
Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau, on Farm Bill Now

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ZimmNews – September 7, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is still publishing stories and interviews they collected at last week’s Farm Progress Show. It has been catch up time after a summer of almost back to back trips around the agribusiness world! Looking ahead you’ll find us at Chicagoland Speedway the end of next week for NASCAR action and then the NAMA Fall Conference. Have you registered for the new NAMA Fall Conference yet?

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How will the drought affect farm equipment sales?” At last week’s Farm Progress Show where there was a lot of equipment on display and the talk was dominated by weather.

Our poll results: sixty-three percent said sales will drop; six percent said sales will increase and thirty-one percent said no impact.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What tillage practice changes will you make due to drought?” The continued dry conditions are changing a lot of things in agriculture. Are tillage practices one of them? What do you think?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Lisa Cassady, USFRA, talks about November Food Dialogues
Key Tips for 2013 Growing Season from Dupont Pioneer
Mark Hooper, New Holland, talks about partnering with Growth Energy
Roy Fuchs, Monsanto, on Roundup Ready Plus
Dan Kelley, GROWMARK, talks Pride & Progress in 2012

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – August 31, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been another crazy weather week between the sort of hurricane in the south and continued hot and dry to the north. Hopefully the remnants of Isaac will bring some much needed rain to areas that need it.

The ZimmComm Team has been out and about this week. Chuck and Cindy spent most of the week in Boone, IA at the Farm Progress Show. They’ve got a lot of photos online and many more stories and interviews to post. Jamie is attending the GROWMARK annual meeting. After this week we get a break in the action for some much needed catching up on a variety of things.

Planning for 2013 marketing and promotion is in full swing. Many of our sponsors have already renewed their annual agreement for our services. Have you? Would you like to discuss how we can assist your marketing plans? If so, please let Chuck or Dave Larson know as soon as possible. Our calendar is already filling up for next year!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Beyond commodity prices, what will this year’s drought have a greater impact on?”

Our poll results: Thirty-eight percent said feed costs; thirteen percent said food prices; eleven percent said fuel costs and crop insurance, respectively; nine percent said crop inputs; eight percent said land costs; and five percent said tillage practices and other, respectively.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How will the drought affect farm equipment sales?” For growers looking to update their fleet, or invest in new equipment and technologies, will they think twice when factoring in drought affects or will their pocketbooks still allow them that purchase – what do you think?

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

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Farm Progress Show Press Conference
Justin White on FS InVISION Seed Corn
Abe Hughes, New Holland, talks about aggressively marketing the brand
Former Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Yeutter Farm Progress Show Press Conference
Dr. Dan Thompson, KState Vet School, does Livestock 101 at NAMA Boot Camp
Monsanto Press Briefing on FieldScripts and Integrated Farming System
Barry Nelson, John Deere, on farming in the future
Farm Bill Now Coalition speaks out at Farm Progress Show
Will Cannon, Ag Leader Technology, talks about Down Force and SeedCommand

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – August 24, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s Agvocacy time as in the 2012 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Kansas City, MO. This is the third annual agvocacy training conference put on by the AgChat Foundation. We’ve got a new crop of passionate farmers learning how to use social media to tell their story. Some are there to hone their skills since they are already on the way to being ag industry social media rock stars. Chuck and Jamie are attending with Chuck doing a presentation this morning on story telling and media creation with the now famous Peterson brothers from Kansas. You can find their photos here.

Right before the Agvocacy 2.0 Conference Jamie attended the NAMA Boot Camp. She collected photos here and has more stories to share from there.

Next week Chuck and Cindy (hurricanes permitting) will be attending the Farm Progress Show and getting lots of stories to share. With the wild weather of this summer, there should be some interesting conversations in Boone, IA.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Which team for President would be best for agriculture?”

Our poll results: Forty-two percent said Romney/Ryan; thirty-five percent said Obama/Biden and twenty-three percent said neither, we need a better choice.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Beyond commodity prices, what will this year’s drought have a greater impact on?” From crop insurance to feed and fuel costs, there are a lot of potential items the drought could impact. But what do you think is going to take the biggest hit?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Erin Nash, Woodruff Sweitzer, NAMA Boot Camp
Phil Jennings, Kinze, talks equipment check ups
Amie Dunn, FMC, talks about the Capture LRF Insecticide Meat & Greet Road Tour
Mark Waddington at the Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation event
Joel Brandenberger, National Turkey Federation, on RFS waiver request
Sara Mooney, AGCONNECT Expo, looks ahead to 2013

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – August 17, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress is taking place in Sweden and Chuck is there courtesy of our long time sponsor for this event, Dupont Pioneer. He’s already got a lot of photos online for your viewing pleasure. While Chuck is in Sweden Cindy visited Collinsville, IL for a Respect the Rotation event with Bayer CropScience. The summer of agriblogging fun continues.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do ag journalists (broadcast/print/web) adhere to good ethical practices in reporting?” This is just in time for the ag journalists gathering in Sweden for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. I’ll be sharing the results with them.

Our poll results: Sixteen percent said they all do; sixty-eight percent said most do; and sixteen percent said most do not.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Which team for President would be best for agriculture?” What do you think…who is the better choice for office when it comes to supporting our nation’s farmers and ranchers?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Dave Hollinrake, Bayer CropScience, Respect the Rotation
Johan Rockstrom, Stockholm Resilience Center, talks about a damaged world Mike Wilson, Farm Futures, now past President of IFAJ

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews — July 27, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck is Denver right now doing some Beef Board Blogging for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board at the Cattle Industry Sumer Conference. You can find his photos here and follow him on Twitter – @AgriBlogger. Cindy just returned to ZimmComm World Headquarters from the Raven Innovation Summit in Sioux Falls, SD. You can find her photos here and follow her stories on Precision Pays and her tweets – @FarmPodcaster. It’s a continuing summer sizzler on the agriblogging highway.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should nutrition programs be split out of the Farm Bill?”

Our poll results: Seventy-seven percent said yes and twenty-three percent said no. What do you think? With all those nutrition programs is it really a “farm” bill?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How will drought impact the Renewable Fuel Standard?” With corn prices up nearly 50 percent in the last month and forecasts saying it will go higher in the near future, this summer is proving to be a rough one. Here are a few more stats: 1,000 counties in 26 states are deemed “natural disaster areas” because of drought; 61 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is currently affected by drought; 30 percent of the corn crop is in poor or very poor condition. So what do you think – will the drought and effect on the corn crop impact the RFS?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

Wesley Grau, Chairman, Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Steve Phillips, International Plant Nutrition Institute
Karl Erichsen, Raven Dealer, South Africa
Tim Taylor, MapShots, on new AgStudio app
Colin Pollock, Raven Slingshot Sales Specialist

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews — July 20, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’ve been having a cornfest on AgWired lately. Between Chuck’s interviews from the Indian Creek Watershed Project Field Tour, Wyffels Hybrids Corn Strategies, FMC Anthem Plot Tour and the International Conference on Precision Agriculture you can find lots of interviews pertaining to corn and lots of photos from these events. This week he’s also attending the Bayer CropScience Greenhouse 5 Grand Opening and then on to Joliet, IL for NASCAR action sponsored by the Illinois Corn Growers. While Chuck is there Cindy will be blogging the Southern Peanut Growers Conference once again in Panama City, FL.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How worried are you about the weather impact on crops this summer?”

Our poll results: Seventy-four percent said very worried; twenty-one percent said moderately concerned; four percent said they’re confident the crops will overcome and two percent said “what weather?”.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Should nutrition programs be split out of the Farm Bill?” With all the controversy surrounding cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps, there has also been talk that the bill could be split. What do you think – should nutrition be separate from agriculture?

By the way, the ZimmPoll is sponsored by Rhea+Kaiser, a full-service advertising/public relations agency. We certainly thank them for their support!

Here are some interviews from this week that you might have missed:
David Cox, DAVCO, Precision Farmer of the Year from Australia
Dr. Mike Owen, Iowa State University, on weed control
Rick Hofer, Ag Leader Technology, talks about SeedCommand
Ivan Dozier, Illinois State Conservationist, on watershed planning
Dean Getting, FMC, on Anthem performance
Get to know Nevin McDougall and BASF
Mark Stelford, John Deere, on the FarmSight Strategy
Adam Ploog, Wyffels Hybrids, on tale of two seasons in IA

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – July 13, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The temps may be lower in the midwest but as Chuck saw first hand this week the dry weather continues. He started out on the Indian Creek Watershed Project Field Tour north of Bloomington, IL where the corn looks bad. From there he went to NW Iowa for the Wyffels Hybrids Corn Strategies and saw some very good looking corn although farmers there are still hoping for another nice rain. After that he moved down to Ames, IA for an FMC Anthem Field Plot Tour. All in all he interviewed 29 people and will be posting those interviews on the ZimmComm News Network (AgWired.com, DomesticFuel.com, PrecisionPays.com and WorldDairyDiary.com) during the coming week. Next up Chuck will be attending the International Conference on Precision Agriculture in Indianapolis the first of next week. No summer slowdown for the ZimmComm Team.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How will Obamacare affect you and your business?”

Our poll results: Sixty percent said negatively; thirty percent said positively; five percent said not at all and the remaining five percent didn’t know.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How worried are you about the weather impact on crops this summer?” The worst U.S. drought since Ronald Reagan was president is withering the Midwest’s corn crop. The condition on July 1 was the worst since the drought of 1988. What do you think – will the rest of the summer bring relief or are the crops in trouble?

Here are some interviews from this week that you might have missed:
Bill Tierney, AgResource Company, provides some corn market commentary
Bill Wyffels, Wyffels Hybrids, talks about new hybrids
Jere White, Kansas Corn Commission, on the first sale of E15
Herb Steffen, Steffen Farms, talks about conservation projects on his farm
Janae Tapper, John Deere, on new Mobile Weather

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – July 6, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team wishes we could send some of the rain we’ve been receiving at our new world headquarters to the midwest. Our prayers are with all the people suffering from the heat and dry weather.

Chuck will get to visit some of that heat this week when he travels to Illinois for the Conservation Technology Information Center Indian Creek Watershed Field Tour. Then he moves to Iowa for a Wyffels Field Day and FMC Plot Tour. Look for his coverage on AgWired during the week when internet access and time allows.

Have you marked your calendar for the NAMA Fall Conference? It will be held September 25-26 in Minneapolis. The theme is “Fertile Ground, Forward Thinking.” Listen to NAMA President Beth Burgy talk about what’s different about the conference this year here.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “When do you think Congress will complete a Farm Bill?” Our poll results: Twenty-two percent were optimistic and said before Sept. 30, 2012; twenty-eight percent were a bit more hesitant but said before the end of this calendar year; and twenty-five percent said both next year and maybe never.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How will Obamacare affect you and your business?” Some of the farm groups are split on the ruling, just as was the Supreme Court. But on a more personal/business level, how will this ruling affect you?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Jerry Roell, John Deere FarmSight
Matt Hynes, GROWMARK, talks about ASTA

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – June 29, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a hot one on the agriblogging highway as Chuck has traveled to Minneapolis for the NAMA Executive Committee Meeting and then on to Des Moines for the John Deere FarmSight Tech Summit. Maybe things will cool down a little for the holiday week coming up.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Will you buy E15 for your MY2001 or later car if it’s offered?”

Our poll results: Nearly half, forty-nine percent, said Yes; twenty-nine percent said No; and twenty-two percent said it depends on price. Looks like consumers are in favor of having a choice at the pump, and are fans of ethanol!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “When do you think Congress will complete a Farm Bill?” On June 20, the Senate voted 64 to 35 to pass the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012. When do you think – given that it’s an election year and amidst all other “big” news items – we will have a new Farm Bill?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Kent Croon, Monsanto, talks about the Vegetable and Flower Seed division of ASTA
Dr. Fred Below at BASF Media Summit
Darrell Maddox, Endless Sky Partners, talks about ASTA phytosanitary work
GROWMARK President Dan Kelley on organization’s 85th anniversary

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.