• Featured Video:Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden visits with Elevance during the United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders' Dialogue - June 17, 2014 - George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • ZimmNews – June 20, 2014

    ZimmNews – June 20, 2014

    2014 USB Soy Biobased Dialogue - United Soybean Board Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue - Washington DC

    ZimmNews – June 13, 2014

    ZimmNews – June 13, 2014

    2014 Fuel Ethanol Workshop - The 30th annual FEW event keyed into 'Where Producers Meet."

    ZimmNews – June 6, 2014

    ZimmNews – June 6, 2014

    2014 ASTA Convention - The 131st American Seed Trade Association Annual Convention took place in Indianapolis.

    ZimmNews – May 30, 2014

    ZimmNews – May 30, 2014

    2014 BASF Media Event - BASF hosted ag media in Raleigh, NC to share insights into their new products and give an opportunity for lots of Q & A.

    ZimmNews – May 23, 2014

    ZimmNews – May 23, 2014

    USFRA Food Dialogues - Chicago - The June 2014 Food Dialogues discussion took place in Chicago with the theme Integrity in Food Marketing. #FoodD

Where in the World was ZimmComm in 2012?

Once again, 2012 was busier than the year before when it comes to traveling. ZimmComm – mostly me and Chuck, but also Joanna and Jamie this year – attended 67 different events in 2012. Here is where we were:

Starting off the year looking for a house in Pensacola, Florida and did all of our travel for the month from the beach, going to -

Honolulu for the AFBF Annual Mtg.
Jacksonville for a NAMA Exec Comm mtg.
Orlando with FMC for the Beltwide Cotton Conferences
Des Moines – Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit
Atlanta with Novus for International Poultry Expo
Nashville with Cattlemen’s Beef Board and NCBA for Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show

Returned to central Missouri after making an offer on a house just north of Pensacola and had a busy month of travel to -

Orlando for National Biodiesel Conference
Bettandorf, Iowa in Pursuit of Maximum Yields with FS GreenPlan Solutions
Collinsville, Illinois in Pursuit of Maximum Yields with FS GreenPlan Solutions
Louisville with AgLeader, Fastline, FMC and New Holland for National Farm Machinery Show
Orlando with Renewable Fuels Association for National Ethanol Conference
Nashville for Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum
Nashville for BASF Science Behind Future of Weed Control

Jamie at Alltech SymposiumMarch and April
Getting ready to re-locate world headquarters to the Florida panhandle in between trips to -

Nashville with New Holland, BASF and John Deere for Commodity Classic
Washington DC with ASTA and Agri-Pulse for National Ag Day
Denver for BIVI Swine Health Seminar
Charleston, SC for Ag Relations Council annual meeting
Various locations in Illinois on GROWMARK media tour
Kansas City for NAMA
New Holland, PA for New Holland Media Event

ZimmComm at NAMA ConventionMay and June
Getting unpacked, settled in and used to traveling through Atlanta to get anywhere -

Arlington, VA with NCBA and USB for Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Meeting
Lexington for Alltech International Symposium
Mississippi Delta with Agrotain for CTIC Conservation in Action Tour
Indianapolis with NCGA for National Corn Utilization Technology Conference
Chicago for BASF Ag Solutions Media Summit
Minneapolis for Fuel Ethanol Workshop
Des Moines with BIVI for World Pork Expo
Washington DC for ASTA annual meeting
Minneapolis for NAMA Exec. Comm. mtg.
Des Moines for John Deere FarmSight Tech Summit

Cindy at Commodity ClassicJuly and August

May have been our busiest months ever -

Indian Creek Watershed Illinois with AGROTAIN for CTIC field tour
Vincent, Iowa for Wyffles Hybrids Corn Strategies
Ames, Iowa for FMC Anthem Field Plot Tours
Indianapolis with John Deere for International Precision Ag Conference
Panama City Beach for Southern Peanut Growers Conference
RTP, NC for Bayer CropScience Greenhouse 5 opening
Chicagoland Speedway with Illinois corn Growers for NASCAR race
Sioux Falls, SD for Raven Innovation Summit
Denver for Cattle Industry Summer conference
Ames, IA for visit to Ag Leader Technology Headquarters
Albuquerque with FMC for Ag Media Summit
Detroit for USB Biobased Stakeholders Summit
Little Rock, Ark for AgCareers HR Roundtable
Omaha for American Coalition for Ethanol 25th annual meeting
Wrightsville Beach, NC for BIVI Swine Health Seminar
Sweden for International Federation of Agricultural Journalists congress
Collinsville, IL for Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation field day
Kansas City for NAMA Boot Camp and AgChat Agvocacy 2.0
Boone, IA with AgLeader, New Holland, Monsanto and John Deere for Farm Progress Show
Chicago for GROWMARK annual meeting

September through December
Quieter than the previous two months but still on the road quite a bit -

Chicagoland Speedway with Illinois Corn Growers for NASCAR
Minneapolis for NAMA Fall conference
Madison, WI with Charleston Orwig and New Holland for World Dairy Expo
New Orleans with RFA for Congress for Automotive Repair and Service
Des Moines with Elanco for World Food Prize
Tulare, CA for O.H. Kruse dealer appreciations
Minneapolis with RFA for Export Exchange
Indianapolis for Agronomics Conference and NSFMRA
Kansas City with BASF and FMC for NAFB
New York City with USFRA for Food Dialogues
Kansas City with BIVI for PRRS Seminar
Savannah, GA with BASF for NAAA annual convention
Chicago for ASTA CSS 2012 and Seed Expo

ZimmNews – Dec. 28, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope everyone has had a very blessed and merry Christmas. We wish you a very happy New Year too!

The ZimmComm Team gets back on the agriblogging highway in just over a week as Chuck attends a NAMA Executive Committee mtg. before heading to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting while Cindy attends the Beltwide Cotton Conference. We’re looking forward to a great 2013 as we are out and about with friends and clients involved in the greatest industry there is!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What kind of Christmas tree do you have?”

Our poll results: Fifty-one percent said artificial tree; thirty-three percent said real tree; eleven percent said none and four percent said other. These results surprised us but between people with allergies and the convenience and reusability of artificial maybe they shouldn’t have.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How would you rate 2012? 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent” There were a lot of big news items this year: the Olympics; Presidential election; Drought; Hurricane Sandy; the death of Whitney Houston; the new iPad and iPhone. But how did the headlines affect your year? Did it make it a stellar year or just a ho-hum kind of year? Let us know, and Happy New Year!

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

Merry Christmas from ZimmComm New Media

Merry Christmas from ZimmComm

ZimmNews – Dec. 21, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas this coming week. It’s that wonderful time of the year when we can slow down a little and spend time with family and friends. We are counting our blessings which include a successful relocation to Florida and a fantastic year of business. 2013 is already shaping up to be another year of growth for ZimmComm New Media as we come to the end of nine years in business!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How do you plan to travel this holiday?”

Our poll results: Fifty-seven percent said car; twenty percent said people are coming to my house; nine percent said I’m boycotting the holidays; six percent said other; three percent said plane, bus and walk; and no one is taking the train. Looks like the roads will be full of travelers this holiday season so be safe as they’re talking about the possibility of a white Christmas!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What kind of Christmas tree do you have?” We thank all the Christmas tree farmers out there for all they do. Let us know what kind of tree you have!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Barry Lee, Superior Graphite, talks about Seed SLIK and spring planting
Elizabeth Bagby, Alltech, talks about branding
Kay Johnson Smith, Animal Ag Alliance, talks about animal care
Jim Reiss, Precision Laboratories, talks about Volare DC and aerial application

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

ZimmNews – Dec. 14, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is enjoying some time away from the agriblogging highway. However, team member Jamie Johansen did attend the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Beef Industry Council annual meeting this week. We’ve still got more interviews to share from recent activities and we’ll also report on what we see and hear that you might be interested in. So don’t go away. There will be a lot to share over the holidays.

Looking ahead to 2013, our calendar keeps getting places and events added to it. Is your event on there? Or perhaps you’d like to sponsor our coverage of an industry event. The new ZimmComm Media Kit is now available (pdf). Feel free to download and add us to your media/marketing mix. Thank you.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ” What will expiring biotech patents mean for agriculture?”

Our poll results: fifty-two percent said more options; twenty-one percent said don’t know enough about it; fourteen percent said export concerns; ten percent said nothing and three percent said other.

Learn more about this issue from Cindy’s coverage of last week’s ASTA CSS in Chicago.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How do you plan to travel this holiday?” The price of fuel and a plane ticket usually increases around the holiday, so will that change how you travel this year? Or does it really not matter – you’re getting there the quickest way possible! Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Dan Kurdys, Asgrow, on Asgrow 4P System and the new agSeedSelect app
Peter Innes, Chairman/CEO of Becker Underwood & now Global Senior Advisor to the BASF Crop Protection division
Dr. Eric Moore, Merck Animal Health, on BRD in cattle
Steve Elliott, Alltech, beef discussion dinner at Global 500

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

ZimmNews – Dec. 7, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Another week of agriblogging is just about in the can. Jamie Johansen was in Lexington, KY for the Alltech Global 500. Cindy just got back from the ASTA 2012 CSS in Chicago and Chuck just got back from the NAAA Convention in Savannah, GA.

Now it’s time for a break! But we’ve got lots more to post from these events in coming days. The ZimmComm 2013 calendar is filling fast with things heating back up right after new year’s. Please consider having us at your event in 2013 by contacting either Chuck or Dave Larson. Thank you.

If you’re one of the Android device owners we wanted you to know that we’ve updated and fixed a couple of bugs in the AgWired App for Android. It’s a very convenient way to keep up with what’s happening in the agribusiness world from a perspective you won’t find anywhere else.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “With harvest over what are your winter plans?”

Our poll results: Thirty-one percent said feed and care for animals; twenty-five percent said paperwork!; twenty-five percent also said catch up on sleep; nineteen percent said repair existing equipment; no one responded research/buy new equipment.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What will expiring biotech patents mean for agriculture?” This issue has been building for a few years now as the patent for the first generation of Roundup soybeans is set to expire in 2014. Let us know what you think.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
National Beef Ambassadors at Alltech Global 500
Jay Vroom, CropLife Foundation Chair, on precision seed protection study
Mike Gumina, former ASTA Chairman, on the future
Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech, talks back to the future at Global 500
Dana Ness, incoming NAAA President, on membership
BASF-Becker Underwood press conference
Mark Hartz, NAAA President, on future of ag aviation
Kathy Diehl, President of the WNAAA, on work of the Women of the NAAA

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

ZimmNews – Nov. 30, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Chuck got on the road with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica for their 4th PRRS Area Regional Control & Elimination Seminar in Kansas City, MO. While he was in KC, MO he also attended the annual BCS Communications Holiday Party. Next week the ZimmComm team is back on the agriblogging highway with Chuck in Savanna, GA for the National Agricultural Aviation Association convention sponsored by BASF, Cindy in Chicago for the American Seed Trade Association CSS 2012 & Seed Expo while Jamie will be in Lexington, KY for the Alltech Global 500. That’s being out and about!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ” What gadget is on your Christmas wish list?”

Our poll results: Twenty-four percent said other; twenty percent said tablet; ten percent said wide screen TV; seven percent said desktop computer; three percent said smartphone; and three percent said notebook computer. Some of the things falling in the Other category include: Powerball Jackpot, camcorder, desktop hard drive, laser pointer, car and gun.

Chuck recently got his latest gadget – an iPad mini. He’s loving it.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “With harvest over what are your winter plans?” During the winter months, you may not see farmers out in the field but that doesn’t mean they’re not busy! So what will you be doing until next year’s planting season? Let us know!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Dr. Laura Batista, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, PRRS ARC&E Seminar
Doug Stark, President/CEO, Farm Credit Services of America, on services they offer
Blake Curtis, Chairman, American Seed Trade Association, on biotechnology traits accord
Corn grower, Kip Tom, on 2012 and upcoming 2013 seasons
Ann Kopecky, Alltech, on this year’s Global 500

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

ZimmNews – Nov. 21, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We are wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving holiday. And also a very hearty thank you to everyone one of you and all of those sponsors we have been blessed to work with over the years. As we get ready for our Thanksgiving meal we give #FoodThanks to all the people who produce the safe and bountiful food in our country.

The ZimmComm Team will be back on the road next week when Chuck heads to Kansas City, MO for the annual BCS Holiday Party and a Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS ARC&E event.

Here are some interviews you might have missed:
Conley Nelson, NPB, talks about challenges for pork farmers
Karen Jones, GROWMARK, talks about their cookbook
Renee Picanso, Director, USDA Census & Survey Division
Dr. Jennifer Holland, BASF, plant health benefits of F500 fungicides
Bob Young, AFBF Economist, on impact of drought

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

ZimmNews – Nov. 16, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a busy week for the ZimmComm Team. Cindy attended the GROWMARK media tour with stops throughout Iowa. At the same time Chuck attended the USFRA Annual Mtg. and the New York Food Dialogues, hosted by CNN chief business editor, Ali Velshi. In case you missed the event you can still see it via the Food Dialogues website.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How do the election results make you feel?”

Our poll results: Thirty-two percent said disgusted; twenty-six percent said happy; fifteen percent said afraid; nine percent said sad; seven percent said mad; five percent said depressed/suicidal and four percent said apathetic. So, it looks like there were a wide range of emotions as the votes were being tallied but an almost 50/50 were disgusted while the others were happy. Pretty even with how the election turned out!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?” Turkey will most likely bless the tables of many, but does your family have a special Thanksgiving food that just makes your taste buds dance? Let us know!

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

Ali Velshi, CNN, moderator of Food Dialogues
Chris Chinn/Janice Wolfinger, Faces of Farming & Ranching Finalists
David Butler, Alltech, on Global 500

There are many more interviews on AgWired.com this week so please check it out. Ag media are reminded that they are free to use any audio we publish as well as our photos.

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

ZimmNews – Nov. 9, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It is NAFB convention week in Kansas City, MO. The ZimmComm team has been taking photos and doing interviews, lots of interviews. Chuck, Cindy and Jamie did 63 Trade Talk interviews! It has been great as always to spend some quality time with our industry friends.

The AgWired App has been updated for the new iOS 6 and iPhone 5. The Android version is in the middle of being updated too. Got it on your smart phone? No? Then get it.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Should foods containing GMO crops be labeled?” The Prop 37 ballot initiative in California prompted us to ask the question. Well, the initiative failed while our poll showed that most answered yes to our question by a very narrow margin. Interesting. Your thoughts? Feel free to chime in with a comment.

Our poll results: Just over fifty percent said Yes and just over forty nine percent said No.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How do the election results make you feel?” Of course there are still votes being counted (what’s with Florida?) but we know the outcome and especially the big one for President. I will say I am not happy about that result. Take our poll and let us know how you feel.

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Pat Lohman, WineHawk Labs, talks about their special drones for precision ag
NAFB Scholarship winner Paige Wallace
NAFB Scholarship winner Spencer Chase
NAFB Scholarship winner Stephanie Morgan
Paul Joerger, President of American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers
Opening remarks from three former ag secretaries
Rodney Phelps, Monsanto, talks about their seed chipper

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