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ZimmComm Agri-Blogging Opportunities

ZimmComm New Media is now taking applications for students in the agricultural communications field to attend and learn how to “agri-blog” some of the most important industry events held every year.

The opportunities will include all-expense paid trips to one or more industry events where students will assist in the compiling of photos, audio and video and posting of activities on pertinent websites. Interns will learn and develop the use of tools, techniques and technology to gather and distribute information through various social media channels. Per-diem and college credits may also be available.

The events may include, but not be limited to:

2013
• World Pork Expo – Des Moines – June
• InfoAg Expo – Springfield – June
• Farm Progress Show – Decatur – August
2014
• Cattle Industry Convention
• National Biodiesel Conference
• National Ethanol Conference
• National Farm Machinery Show
• Commodity Classic

Students would be required to have some working knowledge of news gathering equipment and technology (i.e., camera, audio recorder, photo and audio editing software, etc.) as well as experience with social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. Some pre-event training will be provided, but most of it will be “on the job” experience.

ZimmComm Expands AgNewsWire.com Content

ZimmComm New Media, LLC has expanded its AgNewsWire.com website to serve as a new agricultural media content service for reporters, companies, organizations and individuals seeking high quality photos and audio from industry events and concerning current issues.

“We generate so much content on our agricultural and renewable energy websites that we decided to create one place for all of it to make it easier for people in the industry to locate and utilize,” said ZimmComm New Media president Chuck Zimmerman. “Last year we covered nearly 70 different industry events, posted more than 1200 audio files and placed nearly 20,000 high resolution photos in Flickr albums. All of that content is available for anyone to download and use free of charge.”

AgNewsWire.com will now have links to all the audio, photos and video that ZimmComm compiles at events, for podcasts, news conferences and more. In addition, AgNewsWire will also continue to be an agricultural news release distribution service as it has been since it was introduced in 2006.

To make it easier for reporters and others in the industry to stay updated on the latest content, subscribing to the RSS feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/agnewswire/EISk) will provide immediate notification via email whenever new content is posted.

“As media ourselves, we know how difficult it is to make it to all of the industry events that are held each year, so we hope this will help other reporters access content for events that they might have otherwise missed,” Zimmerman added.

AgNewsWire will also include long form audio of industry press conferences and interviews on current agricultural issues.

ZimmNews – April 12, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Happy week before the national Agri-Marketing Conference! Next week Chuck & Cindy will be in Kansas City attending the conference with a ZimmComm exhibit in the Connection Point. We will see you from there and you can also follow coverage on AgWired.com.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How do you combat social media overload?” We live in a new media world where we can communicate instantly with one person or the whole world. Does it ever bother you? Do you have to take a break from it all?

Our poll results: Twenty-five percent said Focus On 1 or 2 Social Networks, twenty-three percent said Physically Talk To People, thirteen percent Turn Devices Off For a While, ten percent Don’t Get Overloaded, eight percent Do Farm Chores and said Overload, What Overload?, five percent Set Time Limits, Read a Book, and Other. Based on poll results, focusing on one or two social media networks rather than all of them helps most people keep the chaos at ease.

Our new ZimPoll is now live and asks the question, “Have you started spring planting?” The weather has been less than predictable over the last month, this time last year many of you were already in the fields. Has it delayed your spring planting date? Let us know.

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

• Elanco investment in China Animal Health Care press conference
• Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF, on Farm Bill plan
• Dan Misener, Misener Family Harvesters, on Great American Wheat Harvest
• Growth Energy Washington, DC press conference

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ZimmNews – April 5, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Earlier this week we told you about World Backup Day on AgWired. Hopefully, you’re heeding the good advice about backing up your computers and mobile devices. Don’t be one of the people who decides they better start after losing everything! You’ll find advice as well as some ideas and solutions in that post.

To date we’ve produced 389 episodes of our weekly ZimmCast, the AgWired podcast. Hard to believe we’ve been producing it for that long! Please let us know if you’ve got topic ideas and people you’d love to hear us interview for it.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Has winter weather affected drought conditions in your area?”

Our poll results: Fifty percent said Yes, thirty-two percent said No, and eighteen percent said it’s Too Early To Tell. Seems the drought of 2012 may not be over.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How do you combat social media overload?” With the weekly AgChat Twitter Conversation turning 4 years old it is obvious that something is working when it comes to farmers and industry using social media to advocate for their industry. But even if you are not actively agvocating you’re probably using some form of social media like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and there are many more. So our question comes out of this week’s AgChat. For many it is easy to get so engrossed by the online conversation, especially with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, that they start feeling overwhelmed by it all. Let us know … Are you on social media overload?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

• Gavin Gibbons, National Fisheries Institute, on repeal of catfish inspection program
• Dr. Howard Brown, GROWMARK, on the MOM approach

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ZimmNews – March 29, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We wish everyone a very blessed and happy Easter weekend. We’ll be taking time off for this solemn and joyful celebration starting on Good Friday.

Come visit ZimmComm at booth 402 in the 2013 Agri-Marketing Conference Connection Point. We’ll be announcing a fantastic booth giveaway drawing and of course there will be a new ZimmComm announcement at the show. Hope to see you there.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you support continuing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)?”

Our poll results: Fifty-seven percent say Yes, It’s Working, Twenty-nine percent say No, It’s Not Working, twelve percent ask What is the RFS?, and a small portion at two percent say Other. Over half of you support the continuation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. For those who ask what is the RFS? The Renewable Fuel Standard regulations were developed by EPA in collaboration with refiners, renewable fuel producers, and many other stakeholders. The RFS program requires 36 billion gallons of renewable-fuel to be blended into gasoline by 2022.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Has winter weather affected drought conditions in your area?”Drought conditions coupled with below average snowfall are resulting in low topsoil moisture. Do you think this will impact the 2013 growing season? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Lisa Safarian, Monsanto, on new licensing agreement with Dupont Pioneer
Dr. Terry Kastens, farmer, on smart machine technology ROI
AJ Woodyard, BASF, on comprehensive pest management
Mark Dehner, GROWMARK, on spring fuel quality management

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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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