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

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

    ZimmNews – Mar 7, 2014

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

    ZimmNews – Feb 28, 2014

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    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.

ZimmNews – Sep 13, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break in the action this week except for our John Davis who covered the New Holland/Fisher House True Blue Salute in Washington, DC. Next week Chuck will in St. Louis for the NAMA Fall Conference. He’s hoping to see a lot of our agrimarketer friends there.

The team has continued to publish stories and interviews from the Farm Progress Show and IFAJ Congress. Take a look at all that content on our AgNewsWire.com. There is a lot there for ag media to utilize!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How important is it to learn about farming in other countries?”

Our poll results:

· Very important 49%

· Somewhat important 28%

· Not important 10%

· Who cares 10%

· Other 3%

The ZimmComm team found their recent trip to Argentina valuable and we’re already looking forward to Scotland next year for the same conference. We’re glad you found the information they gleaned and shared to be important and interesting!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question “Do you make contact with your members of Congress?” Many organizations pride themselves in grassroots involvement and encourage their membership to get in touch with their Congressional representatives at a local level. With a farm bill still undone and important legislation like immigration reform on the table, we want to know if you make the effort to let your members of Congress know how you feel. Let us know!

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

Adrian Bell, British Guild of Ag Journalists, on 2014 IFAJ Congress
Marcus Rediger, President, IFAJ, wrapping up 2013 IFAJ Congress
Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience, on next generation of farmers
Roberto Schunk, Entre Rios Province, Argentina, Production Minister, on ag importance to economy
Abe Hughes, New Holland, on support for Fisher House
Ag Sec. Vilsack address to Growth Energy Advocacy Conference

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ZimmComm Hits 100,000 Flickr Photos

“I got a Nikon camera, I love to take a photograph, so Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away.”
Paul Simon

ifaj13-cattle-crossingSometime last week during the IFAJ 2013 Congress, ZimmComm reached a milestone of 100,000 photos in our eight-year-old Flickr account.

We picked this photo as our 100,000th – since we are not exactly sure but it’s one of our favorites. You can see all the photos from Argentina here:
2013 IFAJ Congress Photo Album

Actually, we now have 100,334 photos in 447 sets, dating back to May 2005. Back in the day, that would have been a whole lotta Kodachrome! Our photos have been viewed nearly 5.5 million times and average about 30,000 views per day. Some day we would like to catalog all of these photos and make them easier to find – if anyone thinks they would like to take on that job, contact us and let’s talk.

ZimmNews – Sep 6, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Agricultural journalists from around the world gathered in Argentina this week for the 2013 IFAJ Congress. Chuck and Cindy were among nearly 30 from the United States at the Congress, courtesy of our sponsors DuPont Pioneer and Novus International . This annual event provides professional improvement opportunities as well as learning about agricultural production in the host country. Unfortunately, internet access was not great – almost no upload speed – so we will be sharing stories from the event in the days ahead on AgWired.com.

The ZimmComm team has continued to post interviews and stories from Farm Progress Show over the last week and there’s still more to come, on both AgWired and PrecisionPays.com.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ” Why do you attend farm shows?”

Our poll results:

To “window shop” new equipment 27%

To ask questions about existing equipment 19%

Other 19%
· To purchase new equipment 16%

For the freebies 11%

For the food 8%
Among the “other” responses were: For kids to learn about agriculture, networking and for new ideas. For exhibiting companies, trade shows seem to be time well spent according to our poll results.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question “How important is it to learn about farming in other countries?”

Here are some interviews from this past week:

Corn Communicators Talk Maizall in Argentina
Interview with Ken Colombini, NCGA
Interview with Marri Carrow, USGC
Interview with Mindy Williamson, Iowa Corn
Interview with Argentine farmer and journalist
Interview with GROWMARK CEO Jeff Solberg

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ZimmNews – Aug 30, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It might have been hot at this week’s Farm Progress Show but thanks to new media tent sponsor, BASF, we kept our cool. The ZimmComm team set a record with five reporters on location counting our fall intern Kristyn Stidham and newcomer and “old” friend Leah Guffey! There’s a lot to see and hear on AgWired thanks to our sponsors, GROWMARK, New Holland & Bayer CropScience and Precision Pays thanks to our sponsors Ag Leader Technology, GROWMARK and John Deere. The ag media can find a growing list of photos and interviews available to them on AgNewsWire.com.

Now Chuck and Cindy are heading to Argentina for the 2013 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress courtesy of long time sponsor Dupont Pioneer and Novus International. They’ll begin coverage after the kickoff reception on Sunday evening.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your opinion on farm info graphics?”

Our poll results:

· Love them, they are helpful 69%

· Waste of energy 6%

· Confusing 13%

· Other 13%

It looks like the time spent creating these easy-to-use, quick-to-read infographics is worthwhile. Keep up the good work.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question “Why do you attend farm shows?” A lot of companies spend a lot of money promoting their products, answering questions and launching new products at trade shows, but we want to know why YOU go! Let us know.

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

Russ Morman, Ag Leader Technology, on new technology
Farm Progress Show Manager, Matt Jungmann
Mike Cornman, New Holland, new equipment
Gerald Doty, GROWMARK, on fueling the FPS
Jordan Danner, John Deere, on new tracks
Thorsten Schwindt, Bayer CropScience, on Huskie Complete
Edgar Hansen, Deadliest Catch, at Chevron booth at FPS
Pat Morrow, BASF, on new media tent

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ZimmNews – Aug 23, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Hope you’ve had a fantastic week. It’s been a busy one for the ZimmComm team. Chuck attended the 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Charlotte, NC. This is conducted by the AgChat Foundation where he has served on the board since it was founded. But he has stepped down to let another passionate agvocate carry on. ZimmComm will continue to promote and support the AgChat Foundation any way it can.

Cindy attended this week’s John Deere product introduction in Columbus, OH and captured lots of photos of the new equipment as well as some video so you can see it in action. Next week you’ll find us in Decatur, IL for the Farm Progress Show and we’ll have our biggest team ever on the ground bringing you all the sights and sounds.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How important are biotechnology and antibiotics for food production?”

Our poll results:
· Critical 65%
· Important but not vital 16%
· We can do without 16%
· Not important at all 0%
· Other 3%

It looks like even with all the negative comments from anti-agriculture groups, the majority still think these technologies are integral to our modern food production systems.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question “What is your opinion on farm info graphics?” Do they confuse you? Do you love them? Let us know!

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

Kathy Michael, John Deere, on wireless data transfer
Dr. Jude Capper, on beef myths
Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University, at NAMA Boot Camp
John Deere vice president for sales and marketing Luke Gakstatter

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ZimmNews – Aug 16, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a little bit of a catch up week for the ZimmComm team as we have continued to publish interviews from some the events we covered last week. However, this week our Jamie Johansen is attending the NAMA Boot Camp while Cindy is off to North Carolina with BIVI for their annual Swine Health Seminar. A busy summer keeps on rolling.

Our internship program kicked off at the beginning of the summer, giving a young college student interested in agriculture communications a chance to get their feet wet in the industry. Now the ZimmComm team would like to introduce our new intern for this fall.

Kristyn Stidham, grew up raising registered Angus cattle and growing pecans on her family’s farm in Welch, Oklahoma. She currently attends Missouri State University and will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Communications. Throughout her college career she has written for the William H. Darr School of Agriculture’s Ag Review Journal and worked with the media team during the Missouri State FFA Convention. After graduation, Kristyn, plans to obtain a career in public relations for a agricultural based company while sharing her agriculture story.

Kristyn will jump onto the agri-blogging trail with us as we attend the Farm Progress Show at the end of August. You will also see her at other events throughout the fall snapping pictures and gathering interviews.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the biggest growth area for ag jobs?”

Our poll results:

· Precision Technology 22%
· Management & Biotechnology 17%
· Agronomy 13%
· Biofuels, Engineering & Media 9%
· Advertising/PR 4%

If you are looking for a job in agriculture, or seeking to fill a position in your company or organization, check out AgCareers.com.

With the constant negative pushback from activists regarding the techniques and technologies being used to increase yields in both crops and livestock, our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question “How important are biotechnology and antibiotics for food production?”

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

Dr. Brianne Reeves, BASF, on career as a plant doctor
Kel Kelly, GROWMARK economist, on China demand
Kristen Fauken, AgCareers.com, Total Rewards program survey
Motorcycle Riders at Sturgis Rally on fueling up with a blend of ethanol

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ZimmNews – Aug 9, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team has been out and about this week. Cindy attended the Ag Media Summit and then traveled on to a BASF media event. Joanna attended the AgCareers.com Ag & Food HR Roundtable. Chuck was in Sturgis, SD at the annual Motorcycle Rally before traveling to Denver for the Cattle Industry Summer Conference where he is still working as the Beef Board Blogger. Pretty busy week in August!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think cellulosic ethanol can be commercialized?”

Our poll results:

· Almost There 33%

· It Already Is 26%

· Could Be Someday 25%

· Just A Fantasy 11%

· No Clue 3%

· Other 2%

According to our latest ZimmPoll results, most people believe that cellulosic ethanol, which can be made from agricultural waste or non-food crops, is already or soon to be commercialized.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is the biggest growth area for ag jobs?” The agriculture industry continues to grow creating thousands of new jobs. Which ag area do you feel supplies the most jobs? Let us know.

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

Robert White, RFA, on use of ethanol in motorcycles and Sturgis Rally participation
Rod Woodruff, President, Buffalo Chip Campground
John Huston, on 50 years of the Federation of State Beef Councils
Seth Doman, New Holland, on new speedrower product line
Panel Discussion, AgCareers.com, on finding tomorrow’s leaders
Trace Arnold, The Rib Whisperer
Doug Wolf and Lisa Cassady, USFRA, at AMS
Laurie Bedford, Successful Farming & Holly Spangler, Prairie Farmer, outgoing/incoming AAEA Presidents
Tim Thompson, FMC, Anthem “Stand and be Heard” Singing Contest
Markus Rediger, IFAJ president, The International Side of AMS

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ZimmNews – Aug 2, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy are getting ready to hit the agriblogging highway and we may see you somewhere. Cindy is heading out first to the Ag Media Summit in Buffalo, NY courtesy of our sponsor, FMC and then traveling to the BASF Media Event in RTP, NC. Chuck takes off next for Sturgis, SD where he’ll be working with the Renewable Fuels Association which is partnered once again with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground for this year’s motorcycle rally. He’ll travel from their to the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver. Look for lots of interesting news and information this coming week.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How many ag-related apps do you have?”

Our poll results:
1-5 44%

None 31%

5-10 16%

More than 15 6%

10-15 3%

That means that almost 70% of you have at least one ag-related app. And the number of ag-related apps for smart phones and tablets continues to grow – from news and information, to markets and products, you name it. Find out more about what’s out there in this recent ZimmCast.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you think cellulosic ethanol can be commercialized?” For those of you who may not know, cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from wood, grasses, or the inedible parts of plants. It is a major part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with the goal of using more non-food sources to make biofuels. Some recent announcements include a plant in Vero Beach, Florida and a new bolt-on process to allow existing corn ethanol plants to produce ethanol from the cellulosic parts of corn. But some call it a “phantom fuel” that will never come to fruition – what do you think?

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

Mike Cornman, New Holland, from their First in the Field annual dealer event
Cory Winstead, AgriVisor, on grain marketing profitability

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ZimmNews – July 26, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break from the road this week and will be taking some family time next week. That is, except for Jamie Johansen, who will be attending a New Holland media day! But then we get back in the thick of it with trips to the Ag Media Summit, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Cattle Industry Summer Conference, AgCareers conference and more.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?” Here are the results:

· Crop analysis 25%

· Improve nutrient & crop protection efficiency 18%

· Just for fun! 18%

· Maximize yields 15%

· More efficient water use 7%

· Monitor livestock 8%

· Other 8%

So what do you think from the looks of the results? Are UAVs the next big technology “trend” for farmers who need to scout fields? Do you prefer to call them UAV’s or drones btw?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, ” How many ag-related apps do you have?” According to a recent Successful Farming survey, 28% of farmers polled “normally use apps to obtain information on agricultural products and/or services.” Are you one of the 28% and if so, how many different apps to you use? Let us know.

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

Steve Cubbage, Prime Meridian, on new MyAgCentral.com
Cory Winstead, AgriVisor, on AgFanatics podcast development
Chris Maurer, BASF, at Southern Peanut Growers Conference
Dave Scott, GEOSYS, at InfoAg Conference
Sarah Pierce, Monsanto, on China approval of DroughtGard hybrids
Jim Wilson, Ag Gateway, on SPADE project

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ZimmNews – July 19, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy are attending the 2013 Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, FL right now. This will be the 6th year they’ve been the media content producers for the SPGC Conference Blog, sponsored by Ag Technologies. Earlier this week Chuck covered the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture courtesy of Ag Leader Technology. This conference will now become an annual conference and next year be on July 1-3 in St. Louis, MO.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you watch or want to watch live or recorded ag news television programs online?” Most responding definitely do.

Our poll results:

39% said Yes, I Currently Do
36% said Yes, Need To Find Them
25% said No, Don’t Have Time or Interest

Online activities have become the way of the present and future. With technology making jobs more time efficient it allows for extra minutes to be spent catching up on the latest.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?” That would be UAV for short – better known as drones, but the industry doesn’t like to use that word because it has a negative connotation. Nevertheless, we’re talking about small, remote-controlled aircraft that can be used to get a bird’s eye view of the land, capturing either still photos or video or both, or even live streaming. Is that something you could use on your operation? Let us know. UAV’s were the buzz at this week’s InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture in Springfield, IL.

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

Greg Schwab, Koch Agronomics, at CTIC Tour
Pam Johson, NCGA President, on farm bill and annual President’s Award
Lara Sheeley, BIVI, Swine Link wrapup
Steve Phillips, IPNI, on 2013 InfoAg Conference

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