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  • ZimmNews – Mar 21, 2014

    ZimmNews – Mar 21, 2014

    Norman Borlaug Statue Unveiling - The unveiling ceremony of the Norman Borlaug statue in the Capitol.

    ZimmNews – Mar 14, 2014

    ZimmNews – Mar 14, 2014

    2014 National Ag Day - Chuck and Cindy were both taking part in Ag Day activities in our nations Capitol.

    ZimmNews – Mar 7, 2014

    ZimmNews – Mar 7, 2014

    2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March - American Coalition for Ethanol Capitol Hill visits and updates,

    ZimmNews – Feb 28, 2014

    ZimmNews – Feb 28, 2014

    2014 Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics - The Agri-Pulse team put together another great farm legislation session at the Senate Hart Bldg.

    ZimmNews – Feb 21, 2014

    ZimmNews – Feb 21, 2014

    New Holland Operation Blue Force 2014 - New Holland brought the ag media in to the same field training offered to dealers from around the country in Bakersfield, CA.

NAMA Boot Camp

This year’s NAMA Boot Camp was another success with good attendance, especially from non-members. Hopefully they’ll become members!

I attended and provided some online coverage and of course too photos which you can find here: NAMA Boot Camp Photo Album

If you haven’t registered for this year’s Trends In Agriculture conference then it’s not too late.

Great Feedback on AgWired iPhone App

The AgWired iPhone App has been getting rave reviews. In the first two weeks since its release at the Ag Media Summit almost 300 iPhone users had downloaded the app. Comments include:

I purchased an iPhone three weeks ago, and AgWired was the second app that I downloaded. Your app appears to be professionally done and is convenient for when I’m on the road.

Keep up the good work!

Very nicely done! Any plans to develop one for the Droid/Google-platform smartphones?

thanks …

If you haven’t downloaded yet for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch then you can find it in the iTunes Store.

ZimmComm Wins Public Relations Awards For Social Media

The revived Golden ARC Awards were presented at the Ag Media Summit that took place this week in St. Paul, MN.

ARC President Deron Johnson, Rhea & Kaiser and Golden ARC Awards Contest Manager, Amy Keith McDonald, McDonald Marketing Communications, presented the awards. ZimmComm New Media won two awards in the Tactics Division. Working with BCS Communications for John Deere we won for the blog, DriveGreenTractors.com. Working with the Renewable Fuels Association we won for the podcast, The Ethanol Report. These are the first Golden ARC Awards we’ve ever won and Cindy and I are very excited about it.

ZimmComm Introduces AgWired iPhone App

ZimmComm New Media announces the first agricultural news media app for the iPhone – the AgWired iPhone App. The app offers one-touch access to all the latest news and information in the agribusiness and agricultural marketing world posted on Agwired.com, including audio, photos and video, and connections to other ZimmComm news sites. The AgWired App features a news tab drop down menu to select ZimmComm News Network feeds as well as individual news on AgWired by category.

The app is now available for iPhone users to download, free of charge, in the Apple iTunes store. You can find the AgWired App in the iTunes Store with this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/agwired/id382820712?mt=8

Apps just make on-line access from an iPhone quicker and easier. We wanted to be the first to develop an iPhone application to show that it can be done and that there is a demand for this new technology tool in the agricultural world. And of course, the AgWired iPhone App is open for sponsorship. Who wants to be the first?

We’re looking for feedback on our first app. Let us know what you like, don’t like and wish it would do and we’ll try to incorporate your suggestions in a future update. Thanks.

Sustaining Sponsor for NAMA

ZimmComm New Media is proud to become a Sustaining Sponsor of the National Agri-Marketing Association. We’ve always been an advocate and encourage anyone involved in agricultural marketing and communications to join and get involved.

As a sustaining sponsor you can count on even more information about NAMA activities and news about the industry we all know and love. If your company would like to provide more long term support for NAMA then just give Jenny a call at the NAMA office.

Under Jenny’s leadership NAMA has continued to grow and evolve to serve its members. If you ask most members they’ll tell you that the annual convention and other activities are extremely important to them professionally and personally. We echo that. Just the opportunity to network with friends and clients alone makes it worth the investment.

6 Years With Missouri Beef Industry Council

It was very nice seeing all our Missouri Beef Industry Council friends this week during their board meeting. This is the time when they get together to review proposals for consumer and producer education and promotion. We once again proposed doing project work in the coming year.

The Missouri Beef Industry Council was our first client back in 2004 so we’ve been working with them for over six years. Projects have included creating the first beef industry podcast which is now Checkoff Chat and the first beef industry blog, Missouri Beef Buzz. We also provide assistance with the production and distribution of press releases, especially ones with supporting media files like images and audio.

Soon after we started working with the MBIC we also started working with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board on what is now called MyBeefCheckoffMeeting.com, a blog about the activities of the Beef Board at their two annual meetings. I will be the Beef Board Blogger once again in just 2 weeks at the Cattle Industry Summer Convention along with many members of the MBIC.

Work+Life Fit Top Website For Women

Congratulations to Cali Yost. Her website/blog Work+Life Fit made the Forbes Top 100 Websites For Women. Cali has been a ZimmComm client for years and had this to say when she let us know about the distinction:

I thought I would share this with you because my blog was just named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes!! And I couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you both.

See the complete list on the Forbes website.

To determine which sites and blogs made the cut we looked for compelling and decidedly female-oriented content, outstanding design, an active community and frequent updates. In short, sheer clickyness.

Doing Dairy With Alltech In Netherlands

Things got busy for our World Dairy Diary website this week with the Dairy Solutions Symposium, sponsored by Alltech. Alltech sponsors our coverage of several events during the year including this one which was held in the Netherlands.

I took several hundred photos and conducted many interviews with presenters and participants from a variety of countries. These are posted to the website and Alltech receives a copy of the photography and interviews. It’s a great deal and the most recent example of our unique brand of on location event coverage.

Dairy Solutions Symposium 2010 Photo Album

Off To The Ethanol Races

I was on location this week for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. I’ve made it to the event for 3 out of the 4 years it has been on the IRL schedule. The event is sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers and Pioneer Hi-Bred. This year my coverage on AgWired and Domestic Fuel was sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers.

So I took over 1,500 photos, conducted 14 interviews and posted them along with a couple of video clips to our websites and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Facebook page. They got copies for their own use too. That’s a hallmark of our event coverage! It’s kind of like an old fashioned live radio remote on the internet and you get high quality production at the same time!

You can listen to audio from the start of the race here: Iowa Indy Corn 250 Start

Here’s where you can find my photos: Iowa Corn Indy 250 Photo Album

Event Coverage Continues

It’s another week on the road for the ZimmComm Team. Chuck gets to hit the road to conduct presentations on social media, including how to measure your social media activity and employ “gadgets” to make it easier. Monday he’ll be speaking at the Cooperative Communicators Association convention, on Tuesday at the Assocation for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences and then on Wednesday at the American Farm Bureau Federation PR Conference. From there he’ll head out to the Iowa Corn Indy 250.

Meanwhile, Cindy and Joanna will covering the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in St. Louis. They will be there Monday through Wednesday. So we’ll have a lot more photos and interviews to share this week via the ZimmComm News Network.

Chuck gets to close out the week working with the Iowa Corn Promotion Board for activities leading up to and including the 2010 Iowa Corn Indy 250 race in Newton, IA. This will be his third year of covering the event.