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    2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour - CTIC Conservation in Action Tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area - October 14-15, 2014

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    2014 AgCatalyst - The AgCatalyst event is sponsored by AdFarm with a theme of, “It’s all about the content.”

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo - The NABCE is held in Minneapolis, MN. and Chuck was there to capture this year's event.

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Conference - The CFWF conference held October 2-5 at Prince Edward Island. Thank you Trudy Kelly Forsythe for covering the event ZimmComm.

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    2014 World Dairy Expo - The New Holland Pavilions ribbon cutting took place on day one of the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

ZimmNews – Sep 5, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team has put in a few miles this week as Cindy attended the Bayer CropScience grand opening of their integrated research and development facility for biologics and vegetable seeds while Chuck was off to Deauville and Caen, France for the Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Expo and Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and then on to Aberdeen, Scotland for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress He’ll be back to ZimmComm World Headquarters early next week. Yes, it’s break time then.

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

Lord Provost George Adam, Aberdeen, Scotland welcome message for IFAJ Congress
Jarrod Angstadt, New Holland, talks about biomass harvesting
Liam Condon, Bayer CropScience, thrilled with opening of west coast research facility

And lots more so check out AgWired and associated new websites AnimalAg and Precision! We’re still publishing stories from the recent Farm Progress Show.

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ZimmNews – August 29, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team was in action this week in Boone, IA for the weather shortened Farm Progress Show. We have plenty of stories to share on AgWired and Precision.AgWired.com and hope you enjoy them. Thank you to all our sponsors for their support !

Chuck is already back on the agriblogging highway heading to the Normandy, France area for the Alltech Global Beef & Dairy Conference and World Equestrian Games. He travels on from there next week to the annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed and there is a lot more to enjoy online:

Interview with Jim Blome, President/CEO, Bayer Crop Science
Interview with Randy Krotz, USFRA
Interview with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Interview with Doug Felter, John Deere
Interview with Jeff Solberg, Retiring CEO GROWMARK
Interview with Paul Redhage, FMC

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ZimmNews – August 22, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Perhaps you’ve noticed a lot of content on AgWired and related domains, Precision and AnimalAg There’s a good reason for that. It’s fall show time and the ZimmComm Team is covering a lot of them. This week Chuck took off for the 2015 John Deere Product Launch in Milwaukee. If you’d like to see what the floor show looked like as the new products were revealed to dealers then check out his video. There are also lots of photos from the event of course.

From there Chuck traveled to North Dakota to spend a little time with the New Holland Harvest Support Team and a special New Holland-sponsored viewing in Bismarck of The Great American Wheat Harvest, which is sponsored in part by AgWired.

Look for even more great content on the AgWired family of ag news websites next week as the team travels to Boone, IA for the Farm Progress Show!

We want to congratulate Carrie Mess, Mesa Dairy, for receiving the first ever Social Media Farmer of the Year Award presented by Food, Nutrition & Science and sponsored in part by AgWired.com. Better known as Dairy Carrie, she received the award after being nominated and judged by an industry panel. The award recognizes farmers who have incorporated social media, digital media and internet strategies to achieve their business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and promoting positive awareness of the industry.

We are looking for a fall intern to work with the ZimmComm Team on location. If you know of a student who might be interested please direct them to fill out this form for us.

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

John Lagemann, John Deere, overview of new product launch
Brad Tolbert, John Deere, new 6 Family of tractors
Van Holmes, Yamaha Outdoors, on partnership with ACT
Wayne Jellinek, Koch Agronomic Services, on new brand launch at FPS
Len Dobbins, FMC, on pre-emergent herbicides
Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF, legislative update

And yeah, there is a lot more!

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ZimmNews – August 15, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’ve got so many items for you to enjoy in the ZimmComm News Network that we would be surprised if you can’t find something you’re interested in. This week Chuck took off for the AgWorks User Conference in Davenport, IA while Cindy is off to North Carolina with BIVI and their Swine Health Seminar. Plus the team is still posting stories from all the other events we’ve attended in the past couple weeks. So we hope we’re keeping you informed and entertained!

Besides finding out the ways you like peanut butter from our last ZimmPoll we’re now asking What do you think of Right to Farm laws? Missouri just narrowly passed one and North Dakota has had one for a couple years.

We’re running out of time today to list some of the key audio files you’ll find throughout the ZimmComm News Network but there is a lot to choose from. You can visit AgWired and associated websites anytime, subscribe or get the Agwired App. We’re trying to make it easy for you.

Quoting from one of my favorite people, Bobby Likis, “Like us? You’re gonna love us!”

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ZimmNews – Aug 8, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s hard to believe the school kids are back at it and we’re nearing the end of summer. For the ZimmComm Team that means activity ramps up to fever pitch! We’ve got a lot of the calendar over the next month so you’ll be seeing us out and about at places like the AgWorks User Conference, BIVI Swine Seminar, Farm Progress Show, Alltech Global Dairy and Beef, IFAJ Congress and more.

We are seeking applications for a fall intern. If you know of someone or could alert them to the opportunity please direct them to contact Chuck or Jamie.

Our latest ZimmPoll, sponsored by New Holland, asked the AgWired community, “I prefer to get my farm news from:

Here what we were told:

• Computer – 34%
• Mobile Phone – 24%
• Radio – 15%
• Magazine – 14%
• Tablet – 10%
• Other – 3%

There is no stopping the digital age, especially with reliable broadband becoming more and more available. What do you think of these results? Are you already excited about Apple and Samsung’s upcoming product announcements?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter?

We had to ask this question after completing seven years of blogging for the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation. Chuck likes his on pancakes with maple syrup. Cindy’s new favorite is a chopped up grilled PBJ as topping on and ice cream sundae! Jamie says peanut butter cookies are the best. Let us know your favorite.

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

Abe Hughes, New Holland, on new products & company milestones (via ZimmGlass)
Sarah Wilson, farmer on a mission, AgCareers.com HR & Food Roundtable
Bill Moffitt, Ayrstone, on new AyrMesh Cab Hub
Kristina Butts, NCBA, legislative update
New AAEA President Kurt Lawton
Christy Lee, Don Norton, old and new LPC Presidents
Robert White, RFA, Free Fuel Happy Hours at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Delayne Johnson, Quad County Corn Processors, at ACE Annual Mtg.
Laura Donaldson, John Deere, data management
USDA Farm Bill Update with Sec. Vilsack

Remember that this is just a sample of what we’ve got that’s new this week. You can also check out AgNewsWire.com to see our content aggregated together from the events we cover.

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ZimmNews – Aug 1, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a busy week for the ZimmComm Team so this is going to be a short one late on Friday afternoon. Chuck is on his way home from New Holland, PA and the New Holland Product Launch Media Day. He went there after Ag Media Summit, where he worked with our summer intern Sara Gillum, and the Southern Peanut Growers Conference. Cindy just returned home from St. Louis where she and Leah Guffey covered the InfoAg Conference. Of course Cindy took time to see Cruz Baby. If you don’t now who the Cruz Baby is just check her Facebook page. Jamie Johansen is in Denver at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference and Leah is getting ready to head to Sturgis, SD for the annual Motorcycle Rally. Thank you to all our sponsors who make our coverage of these events possible.

We have lots of photos and interviews to share. Go to AgWired.com or Animal.AgWired.com or Precision.AgWired.com or DomesticFuel.com to see it all!

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ZimmNews – July 25, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’re back on the road. Right now Chuck and Cindy are in Panama City Beach for the 2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. This is our 7th year working with the Souther Peanut Farmers Federation to publish their conference blog Time flies when you’re having fun. And these peanut growers like to have fun. One new experience they’ve had this year was trying a Grilled PBJ Sundae (sliced up grilled PBJ on top of vanilla ice cream). Awesome.

Tomorrow Chuck will head on to Indianapolis for the Ag Media Summit courtesy of FMC and New Holland. He’ll be working with our summer intern Sara Gillum If you are attending the event please say hi to Sara. She’s an agricultural journalism student at Mizzou and will be needing a job someday!

So for all the AgNerds out there our new ZimmPoll asks the question, “How can technology make farming even better?”

We’ve been covering lots of precision farming conferences this summer, from the recent Precision Aerial Ag Show in Illinois, to this week’s International Conference on Precision Ag in California, to next week’s InfoAg Expo in St. Louis. Sometimes it seems like farming can’t get any more technological – but can it? What would you like to see on the farm that has yet to become commercially available?

Sponsorship Opportunities: Did you know we have regular features that can be sponsored? Here’s a list of some of them.

ZimmCast
Zimfo Bytes
AgWalk
Hick Chick Chat
BioEnergy Bytes
AgWired Precision Podcast
Domestic Fuel Cast

Contact Dave Larson for more information.

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

Farmer Matt Cannon talks planter performance at Ag Leader Technology Tech Meets Dirt Road Tour
Martin Barbre, NCGA, corn growers at work in Washington, DC
Geoff Cooper, RFA, ethanol cost analysis

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ZimmNews – July 18, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is enjoying a summer break before getting back in on-location action next week starting with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and Agricultural Media Summit. There is a lot on the schedule in the next couple months so we’re pretty sure we’ll see many of you somewhere!

One of the hottest topics in the ag sector lately has been the uncertainty caused by the proposed EPA Waters of the U.S. rule. You’ve probably followed the #WOTUS or #DitchTheRule hashtags. Our latest New Holland sponsored ZimmPoll asked “How would the EPA water rule affect you?” Even though the EPA is saying that all normal farming practices are exempt the answers we got were primarily: Just more govt. regulation, Permits required for routine activities and Will regulate more of my property. Yeah, who is going to believe anything our government says these days?

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

Luke James, Ag Leader Technology, on what they’ll be showing at InfoAg Conference
Leah Guffey, Hick Chick Chat with Leon Corzine and Jim Reed during Precision Aerial Ag Show
Delayne Johnson, CEO of Quad County Corn Processors, on cellulosic ethanol
Aaron Hutchinson, iCropTrak, describes Version 5 of their software
David Witherspoon, Syngenta, on flex fuel infrastructure donation

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ZimmNews – July 11, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed some time off. In our latest ZimmPoll you told us that hamburger, hot dogs, steaks pork chops were on your grills. Pretty much same here at ZimmComm World Headquarters.

Most of the ZimmComm team is still on summer break but Joanna will be at Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR race presented by our sponsor, Enogen. Leah spent some time at this week’s Precision Aerial Ag Show, a first of its kind event presented by Penton Farm Progress. And Cindy is visiting the grand baby and then headed to the 5th NAFB Lake Girls Weekend at Agri-Pulse world headquarters. Yeah, we get around!

This week the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance announced that they are seeking the new Faces of Farming & Ranching. If you or someone you know are interested please let them know.

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

Stu Ellis, EnGage, on Precision Aerial Ag Show
Tom Nassif, Western Growers, on immigration Reform
Matt Jungmann, preview of Farm Progress Show
Nigel Mackenzie, New Holland, on new CR Combine Series
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, debunks climate alarmism
EPA Admin Gina McCarthy press call on WOTUS

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ZimmNews – July 3, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We wish everyone a very happy Independence Day holiday weekend. God bless the USA! According to the American Farm Bureau Federation you can still put together a July picnic for ten people for less than $6/person! If you need a few grilling ideas for this weekend Chuck has some for you. We also want to know what will be on your grill for the holiday in the ZimmPoll.

Early this week Chuck wrote about Measuring Social Media Effectiveness. He’s wondering how you measure it. How do you report it to the boss or client? What software or services do you use? Let him know. He’d appreciate it.

In case you know someone who might be interested, the AgChat Foundation is seeking applications for the position of full time Executive Director.

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

Scott Walker, BASF, on Merizon fungicide
Marrone Bio Innovations Michigan Manufacturing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
MGEX conference call on Acreage & Grain Stocks
Diego Angelo, Bayer CropScience, on Credenz soybeans
Matt Heitz, GROWMARK, on Capitol Hill visit

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