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ZimmNews – March 22, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Happy Ag Day Week and the start of spring. Sorry so many of you still have cold and winter weather. Must be that global cooling thing!

This week Chuck went to National Ag Day activities in Washington, DC, courtesy of the American Seed Trade Association and BCS Communications. He got some great photos and still has more story posts to share on AgWired. The ZimmComm team gets a break from the agriblogging highway until the annual Agri-Marketing Conference which will be in Kansas City, MO this year. We’ll have some news to share there and hope to see many of you.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Have you recently purchased a gun?”

Our poll results: Thirty-three percent said Yes, Already Own Guns while twenty-nine percent said No, Don’t Own Any. Nineteen percent said No, Have Enough, Eleven percent said Planning To, five percent said Yes, First Gun Purchase, and three percent said Other. Looks like most of you have one or more guns. Let’s hope that ammo for those guns becomes available again soon! Right now it’s very difficult to find any and we all know that to be proficient in using a gun, it takes practice/practice/practice.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you support continuing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)?” The Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, program, was first created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. It was expanded in 2007 and increased the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022. The program includes ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels with the goal of helping America become less dependent on foreign petroleum.

The RFS continues to be challenged by the oil industry, some livestock and poultry interests and food retailers for various reasons but the biofuels industry contends the program is working as intended and has resulted in lower imports of foreign oil. What do you think?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week on our websites:
Dr. Gary Fellows on performance of BASF Crop Protection Priaxor
Whitney Bowman, Ag Day written essay contest winner reads her essay
Leigh Ann Cleaver & Kelly Schwalbe talk about Ag Day and BCS Communications
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Ag Day remarks
Congressman Frank Lucas talks about Ag Day and farm bill
USFRA Ag Day Educational Session on New Language of Food & Modern Agriculture
AgFanatics – Listen and learn
Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics Ag Day Session

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ZimmNews – March 15, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Great American Wheat Harvest Sponsor Need: You know we’re sponsoring “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary that is in production now. Conrad Weaver, the film’s director, is in need of a couple of items for the film crew. Those include a truck like a Ford F-150 (American made) four wheel drive with crew cab and towing package for RV trailer. They also need an RV trailer which could sleep 6-8 people in which the crew would stay as they travel the country following custom harvesters this year. The trailer will also be where they would do in field post production editing. Sponsorships are available for these items that include media alerts, website listing and film credits as well as logo wraps for the film and sponsor on the truck and logo on the trailer as well. Please contact Conrad ASAP if you would like to provide this support at 301-606-7794.

It’s almost spring and that means it is almost Ag Day. Chuck will in Washington, DC, next week for National Ag Day activities. Follow along on AgWired starting next Tuesday!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Will the sequester monster impact you personally?”

Our poll results: Fifty-two percent said No it will not impact you. Twenty-one percent said Yes, Major Impact, seventeen percent said Yes, Minor Impact, and ten percent said I Don’t Know. So most of you do not expect to be affected by the sequester monster. Wonder what all the fuss was about.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Have you recently purchased a gun?” The Second Amendment states that you have the “right to keep and bear arms.” Do you practice that right? Has all the talk about new gun laws stimulated you to go out an purchase that gun you’ve been wanting? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Jay Kriss, Director of Harvesting The High Plains film documentary
Caren Schmidt, Technical Market Manager in corn fungicides for BASF
Dupont Pioneer Field360 press conference
USFRA announces Next Generation Farmers Documentary press conference
AJ Woodyard, BASF Personality Profile
Paul Welbig, Raven Precision, on XL Solutions
Custom Harvesters Tracy Zeorian & Kent Braathen on Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary
Kathy Michael, John Deere, on JD Link and “seeing” your machine in the field
Brad Rouse, Trimble, on connecting regardless of color

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ZimmNews – March 8, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

After a wild couple of weeks the ZimmComm team gets a break in the action. You’ll see Chuck next in Washington, DC for National Ag Day activities courtesy of the American Seed Trade Association. We’re also starting preparations for the April Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City, MO. Plan to visit us in the Connection Point to learn what’s new with this little new media company. We will have some “what’s new” to share with you there!

This week we shared some interesting information about Twitter users with you that comes from a Pew Research Center study. One of the key findings is that the reaction to major events, especially political, often differs from public opinion. A big reason why are the demographics of Twitter users who tend to be younger and more likely to be Democrats. Interesting stuff which you read more on here.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What are your spring planting intentions for corn?”

Our poll results: Forty-four percent said More Than 50% and twenty-five percent said 50% Corn. Tying for 3rd, thirteen percent said less than 25% and Other. Six percent said 25% Corn. Even with the extreme drought conditions our poll shows that the majority of you are going to continue planting a lot of corn!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Will the sequester monster impact you personally?” U.S. sequestration ordered by President Obama officially began Friday March 1st. Will sequestration impact you? Let us know.

Here are some interviews you might have missed from this week:
Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey on the state being the 4th largest producer of corn in world
Michelle Vigna, Monsanto, on new Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System
Sheldon Gerspacher, New Holland, on new P2000 Series Disk Drills
Andy Lavigne, ASTA, on new Guide to Seed Treatment Stewardship
Dr. Dale Polson, BIVI, on vertical transmission of PRRS
ASA Press Conference from Commodity Classic
Pam Johnson, NCGA President, on corn grower priorities
Ashley Fischer, Beck’s Hybrids, positive outlook for 2013
Mark Leitman, PERC, on role of propane on the farm

And you’ll find a lot more on our websites. Remember that you click on the links above to listen to or download .mp3 files!

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ZimmNews – March 1, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It is another big week for the ZimmComm team. Chuck started the week at The Meat Conference in Nashville and from there he met up with Cindy at the Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum preceding Commodity Classic. Then Cindy attended the BASF Behind the Science event and on to Commodity Classic thanks to BASF and New Holland. While Commodity Classic is finishing up Chuck is working with Jamie Johansen and Cindy has flown cross country to San Diego for a swine vet conference courtesy of Boehringer Ingelheim. We just might be ready for a short break!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Does warranty influence your decision to purchase new equipment?”

Our poll results: Almost all of you at eighty-seven percent said Yes, while thirteen percent said No. This poll certainly shows that warranty is a major consideration when shopping for new equipment!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What are your spring planting intentions for corn?” The severe drought of 2012 may influence farmers to try something different this planting season. Will it affect how many acres of corn you plant for the 2013 crop? Let us know.

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

Richard Petty talks meat and ethanol at Meat Conference
Melvin & Patricia Cripe, Michigan, winners of New Holland Boomer 20 Tractor
Patrick Delaney, ASA, talks about record breaking Commodity Classic
Paul Rea, BASF, R&D for the future
Mike Cornman, New Holland, on new big balers
Eric Peters, Bayer CropScience & Lauren August, MS Technologies on Balance GT

You will find many more interviews to enjoy and share on AgWired so please check it out.

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ZimmNews – Feb. 22, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break from the agriblogging highway this week. That has given us time to get a lot of interviews posted from recent events like the National Biodiesel Conference, National Ethanol Conference, Cattle Industry Convention, International Poultry Expo, AG CONNECT Expo and National Farm Machinery Show. Now it’s time for the team to get on the road again. Chuck heads out tomorrow for The Meat Conference in Nashville and then on to Kissimmee for Commodity Classic. He’ll be joined there by Cindy and Jamie. Then Cindy heads from there to San Diego for a Boehringer Ingelheim event. Whew.

Here’s a reminder to our ag media friends. Please feel free to use any interviews, speeches or photos you find on our websites. You’ll now find much more of this content on AgNewsWire.com! Yes, we’re working on some changes to this service which is what we started out with nine years ago. More to come on that when we get to the Agri-Marketing Conference in April.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What grade would you give Ag Sec. Vilsack during his first term?”

Our poll results: The majority of you at twenty-nine percent gave Vilsack an A. Twenty-two percent said D; eighteen percent said B; seventeen percent said C; and fourteen percent said F. Since the poll grades were similar across the board we decided to calculate his overall average. On his first term paper Vilsack scored a C+.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Does warranty influence your decision to purchase new equipment?” When shopping for new equipment there are many factors to consider that may make or break a purchase decision. Is warranty one of the top considerations? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Barry Nelson, John Deere, Ag Council of America Chair, on National Ag Day
Ray Bingley, JCB, on new telescopic wheel loader
Barry Newton, New Holland, new skid steer
Chris Reat, Monsanto, cleaning field before planting
Tracy Mack, GROWMARK, on river barge traffic
Rip Rippetoe, President/CEO, Kentucky Fair Board, on National Farm Machinery Show
Jim Bannerman, Alltech, on animal nutrition solutions
John Urbanchuk, economist, on ethanol job creation
Adam Walters, Ag Leader Technology, on SMS software

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ZimmNews – Feb. 15, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s National Farm Machinery Show week and Chuck is on location there doing story posts onto both AgWired and Precision Pays. Then the team gets a break before this year’s Commodity Classic in Orlando. Speaking of Commodity Classic, do you have the app? Yep, there’s now an app for that.

Today we’re announcing the Precision Pays iPad mini Giveaway Contest. There is a growing need for the coolest tablet device out there as farmers have so many mobile apps to choose from. So farmers just need to fill out the form to enter and hopefully like Precision Pays on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What did you think of Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad?”

Our poll results: The majority at forty-eight percent said All of the Above; twenty-eight percent said Great Exposure for Ag; twelve percent said Very Well Done; six percent were Not Impressed; four percent Hope to See More Like It; and two percent said Other. The Ram Truck super bowl ad could have been controversial within the ag community, but from the looks of our poll, most of you can look past the fact that Paul Harvey, the voice of the commercial, was an animal activist and enjoy the message that he conveyed.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What grade would you give Ag Sec. Vilsack during his first term?” Vilsack has had an entire term under his belt, so how would you rate his performance as leader of the USDA? Let us know.

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

Adam Prestegord, FMC, on insect management
Barry Newton, New Holland Construction, on new excavators
Colin Woodall, NCBA, on legislative successes in 2012
Dan Brandt, MN Soybean grower, on biodiesel
Corinne Fetter, Kentucky Fair Board, on this year’s National Farm Machinery Show
Abe Hughes, New Holland, on new partnership with NCBA
Meredith Corson, Sanding Ovations, sand sculpture at Cattle Industry Convention

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ZimmNews – Feb. 8, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week was the “perfect storm” of industry events all happening at the same time to keep the ZimmComm team hopping. The National Ethanol Conference took place at the Wynn in Las Vegas at the same time the National Biodiesel Conference took place there at the Mirage. Chuck and Joanna focused on biodiesel while Cindy was our ethanol expert. Coverage from both events is still being posted to DomesticFuel.com and the Biodiesel Conference Blog. This was the 8th year we’ve been biodiesel blogging with the National Biodiesel Board! Chuck started his week in Las Vegas before joining Jamie in Tampa for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention. You can find most of their coverage on AgWired.com as things wind down in the Sunshine State tomorrow. Oh, and btw, you will still find stories from AG CONNECT Expo being posted onto AgWired this week!

Looking ahead, you’ll find Chuck in Louisville, KY next week for the National Farm Machinery Show. Then it’s break time before Commodity Classic!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you support biofuel production and the use of corn to do this?”

Our poll results: The majority of you at sixty percent say Yes, thirty-three percent said No, four percent were Indifferent and four percent chose Other. Growing crops to use as biomass for producing fuel seems to be the best alternative to depleting our finite stocks of oil and they have the added benefit of being more friendly to our environment.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What did you think of Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad?” The late conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” speech was the voice of the Ram Trucks Super Bowl 2013 commercial. Paul Harvey was a large voice for HSUS and an animal rights advocate. This may cause agriculturalists to have mixed feelings about Ram’s commercial. How do you feel about the commercial? Can you look past what he represented and smile about the message that he conveyed? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Lauren August, MS Technologies, talks about FG72 soybeans
Andrew Cummings, Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, on AG CONNECT Expo
Nick Shafer talks about John Deere FieldConnect
National Beef Ambassadors at Cattle Industry Convention
J.D. Alexander, President, NCBA, opening convention remarks
National Ethanol Conference wrap-up with RFA’s Bob Dinneen
– Sec. of Ag Vilsack at Ethanol Conference and Biodiesel Conference
Opening remarks at Biodiesel Conference from NBB’s Joe Jobe

There are a lot more interviews and presentations available. This gives you a sample though!

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ZimmNews – Feb. 1, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Farm show season is in full gear and the ZimmComm team have ‘em covered. Chuck was in Kansas City for the AG CONNECT Expo while Cindy was in Des Moines for the Iowa Power Farming Show and Iowa RFA Summit. Jamie was in Atlanta for the International Poultry Expo. You can find their coverage using these links.

Next week is just as busy as Chuck, Cindy and Joanna will be in Las Vegas for the National Ethanol Conference and National Biodiesel Conference and then Chuck heads to Tampa with Jamie for the NCBA Convention.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How many machines (tractors, etc.) does your farm own?”

Our poll results: The majority of you at thirty-five percent own 10+ machines and equipment. Twenty-five percent own 3-5, close behind was 6-9 at twenty-one percent, thirteen percent own 1-2, and six percent said other. As we suspected, every farm and farmer has a different way of doing things which means some need more machinery and some need less.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you support biofuel production and the use of corn to do this?” Biofuel production of corn produces several types of biofuels such as biodiesel, biogas and different bioalcohols. This high octane mixture can be used in most of today’s modern traditional types of vehicles. Is this the way of the future? Let us know what you think.

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

Mike Olson, Ag Leader Technology, talks about what farmers are looking for in precision ag
Sara Truesdale Mooney, AG CONNECT Expo, sums up this year’s show
Barry Nelson, John Deere, describes new high tech exhibit
General Wesley Clark, Growth Energy, rallies the troops in Kansas City
Jamie Levine, Verenium, talks enzymes at Poultry Expo
USDA Undersecretary Dallas Tonsanger, optimistic about biofuels

Remember that you can find more interviews each week on AgWired.com; DomesticFuel.com; PrecisionPays.com and WorldDairyDiary.com.

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ZimmNews – Jan. 25, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been an interesting week as we’ve watched animal rights activists in action and showing their complete lack of civility and professionalism. We experienced it firsthand via comments on story posts and observed it during this week’s AgChat Twitter conversation on animal welfare. They probably think they can discourage farmers and those who support the people who are helping feed a hungry world but they would be wrong. We find continued inspiration from the stories and activities of today’s farmers like those recently selected as the Faces of Farming by the USFRA.

The coming week will be a busy one for the ZimmComm team. Chuck will be covering the AG CONNECT Expo while Cindy is in Iowa for the Iowa Power Farming Show courtesy of Ag Leader Technology and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. At the same time Jamie Johansen will be covering the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta courtesy of Novus International.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should we sit down with HSUS in ‘common cause’?”

The results of this poll are skewed due to the hacking by HSUS. In the end, the poll read that eighty one percent voted Definitely, fifteen percent said Never, and four percent thought we Should in some cases. The attempt to affect our poll reflects the HSUS/PETA goal of an end to animal agriculture. They are working to get the livestock industry to make concessions that drastically change production methods. When that happens it becomes a very slippery slope very quickly. It will only be a short matter of time before allowing chickens more room in cages becomes allowing all animals the right to life. Treating animals humanely is not the same as treating them like they are humans – but many activists see no difference.

The hacking we are referring to was having almost 400 poll responses to the Definitely answer come in during a few hours one night last week and none since. If you take them out, the answer Never would have been the highest result by far.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How many machines (tractors, etc.) does your farm own?” Some of the urban folk believe that if you own more than 1-2 pieces of machinery, that would classify you as a large farmer. We disagree with that. So let’s see how many pieces of equipment most farmers/ranchers own. Let us know!

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

DuPont Pioneer Press Conference on new T-Series Soybeans
Jessica Robinson, National Biodiesel Board, gives conference preview
Luke Bozeman, BASF, talks about weed resistance

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ZimmNews – Jan. 18, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Winter farm meeting time is in high gear. Chuck attended the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville, TN this week and you can find his photos and interviews on AgWired. At the same time Cindy was attending a BASF Crop Protection Innovation Symposium for farmers in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Next up on the schedule is the last week of this month and it includes the International Poultry Expo courtesy of Novus International; AG CONNECT Expo & Summit; Iowa Power Farming Show courtesy of Ag Leader Technology and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. We’ll see you from all those places.

It’s a lot of travel time away from ZimmComm World Headquarters but we get to spend time with the greatest folks in the world. We have made so many friends over the years and value the time we get to work side by side them “out in the field.” We hope to see you somewhere soon.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question,”What do you think is top story of 2012?”

Our poll results: It looks like the majority of you at fifty-seven percent felt like “The Drought” was the top story for 2012. “No Farm Bill” came in at fourteen percent and ten percent said “USDA Meatless Monday Uproar.”

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Should we sit down with HSUS in “common cause?” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s comments at the AFBF annual meeting this week about sitting down in common cause have attracted a number of comments on AgWired and on social networks. So we thought this week’s poll might produce some interesting feedback. Let us know what you think.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Brian McIntyre, VP of Broadband, DISH, talks about expanding dishNET offerings to rural America
Zack Hunnicutt, Nebraska farmer, new Chair of the AFBF YF&R Committee
Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback, talks family, faith and football
Janice Person, Monsanto, on social media and farmers
Paul Rea, BASF, talks about communicating with farmer customers
Randy Childress, FMC, talks about Display results
Sec. of Ag Vilsack speech to AFBF annual mtg.

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