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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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

ZimmNews – Jan. 11, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is back on the agriblogging highway with stops in San Antonio, Key West and Nashville. That’s an interesting mix. Cindy attended the last Beltwide Cotton Conferences (in the format that included a trade show) while Chuck was working with the NAMA Exec. Comm. on organizational business. From there he travels to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. You can expect to see his coverage of that meeting starting this weekend.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How do you feel about the fiscal cliff compromise?”

Our poll results: Forty-one percent said Sick of Congress; thirty-two percent said Disgusted; 15 percent said Disappointed; five percent said Pleased and Hopeful; and one percent said Thrilled. Looks like the majority of you are tired of hearing about Congress!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What do you think is top story of 2012?” 2012 was a wild year for farmers. What do you think the top story was? We’re listing the top ones we’ve seen here and on other farm news sites like AgriMarketing.com. There certainly are more stories. Feel free to add your ideas if they’re not on the list here in comments or in comments on the poll.

Here are some interviews from the last week that you might have missed:
Mark Lange, National Cotton Council President, Washington update
Rusty Mitchel, FMC, on new Display for cotton
Chuck Coley, Chairman, National Cotton Council, optimistic about 2013
Kenneth Hood, producer/cotton ginner, on Beltwide conference changes
Allen Wilson, Harvest Masters, on new Mirus software

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

ZimmNews – Jan. 4, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Welcome to the new year! It’s already off to a fast start for ZimmComm New Media. We’ve been taking a look at all the 2012 statistics. By that I mean website traffic, social media impressions, what stories got the most individual attention, etc. It’s very interesting. It also showcases very clearly how difficult it is to compile all this data into a meaningful report. There’s just so much of it. I guess we’re creating big data now!

Consider AgWired for a minute. In order to find out total impressions in a month you have to look up Google Analytics for “traditional” traffic to the website itself. Then you have to look up Flurry data to see how many devices have the AgWired App on them and how often users check AgWired on it (that number is 1.6 times/day on avg. btw). Then you have to look up impressions for all the websites that display the AgWired Widget via Widgetbox. We then look up social media impressions via Sprout Social for Twitter and Facebook. You also have to add in this weekly ZimmNews impressions via Constant Contact and the number of subscribers to AgWired’s RSS feed via Feedburner. Finally, we use Awstats to look up individual file downloads (audio interviews, etc). I’m out of breath just thinking about it! But suffice it to say that the audience (impressions) is significant and has grown tremendously since we started AgWired back in August of 2004. Over 8 years of agriblogging. Who’d have thought?

Speaking of the AgWired App. We’re seeking a new sponsor. There are currently over 6,500 devices with the app on it and it is being checked on average 1.6 times per day. There may actually be many more since we didn’t get good data capture set up when we first launched the app a couple of years ago. I could speculate but let’s just deal with the numbers we can see now. On the iOS platform over 80% of our users are heavy news/magazine readers and over 60% are very into technology/gadgets. Sound like anyone you know?

So, If you’re interested in becoming the next AgWired App sponsor please let Chuck or Dave Larson know. We would be happy to come up with some creative ideas for your sponsorship that would go beyond just posting your ads into the app itself. Very big thanks go out to Raven for being the inaugural sponsor of the AgWired App. It took a company as technically innovative as Raven to see the opportunity that our growing mobile audience would create!

We’ll be getting back on the agriblogging highway next week as Cindy heads to San Antonio for the Beltwide Cotton Conference courtesy of sponsor FMC. It’s the last time the conference will be held in the format that includes a trade show so it will be a historic event. Chuck will head to Key West for a NAMA executive committee mtg. before heading to Nashville for the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. We’re off to the races.

We’d like to thank Rhea + Kaiser for being the inaugural sponsor of our ZimmPoll two years ago! We started a trend as we soon saw a number of other entities begin regular online polling!

Now let’s welcome and say thanks to our new ZimmPoll sponsor, New Holland Agriculture. We’ll be working closely with New Holland to develop timely and industry pertinent questions throughout 2013. Please feel free to chime in with your ideas and participate when you can.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How would you rate 2012? 1 = Poor, 5 = Excellent”

Our poll results: Thirty percent said 3; twenty six percent said 4; seventeen percent said 5; seventeen said 1; eleven percent said 2. By the looks of our poll most of you thought 2012 was a pretty good year. Hopefully, you will feel the same about 2013.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, ” How do you feel about the fiscal cliff compromise?” Most early industry comments we’ve seen express disappointment since we only have a temporary extension of the farm bill among other things. What do you think?

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

Appy New Year from ZimmComm New Media

Appy New Year from ZimmCommAppy New Year from the ZimmComm Team.

We’re betting that many of you now have a new smartphone or tablet. So whether it’s an iPad of any version or an Android you can get your ZimmComm news on it most easily via the AgWired App! Within the app you’ll also find the news feeds from all of our ZimmComm News Network websites, AgWired.com; DomesticFuel.com; PrecisionPays.com and WorldDairyDiary.com. You’ll also find our main Twitter feeds and the feed from our YouTube and Flickr accounts.

Best of all it’s Free!

So click here to find out where you can get the AgWired App and have an Appy New Year.

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:

January
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

February
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