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    ZimmNews – November 21, 2014

    LPC Vision 2014 - Photos from the Livestock Publications Council 2014 Vision event in Kansas City, MO.

    ZimmNews – November 14, 2014

    ZimmNews – November 14, 2014

    2014 NAFB Convention - The 71st annual convention of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting was held in Kansas City, Mo and brought farm broadcasters from across teh country together.

    ZimmNews – November 7, 2014

    ZimmNews – November 7, 2014

    2014 Crop Health Labs Power Growers Seminar - Growers learn more about innovative plant sap analysis technology from Crop Health Labs and Advancing Eco Agriculture in Santa Clara, CA.

    ZimmNews – October 31, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 31, 2014

    2014 Develop with Deere - The 2014 Develop with Deere conference brings together John Deere and independent developers to explore new opportunities.

    ZimmNews – October 24, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 24, 2014

    2014 National FFA Convention - FFA members from across the country flooded the streets of Louisville, KY for the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29 - Nov. 1. Our coverage was sponsored by FMC.

ZimmNews – Mar 14, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team is enjoying a break in the ag event action. That will be changing soon though as we near Ag Day activities in Washington, DC. We’re hearing more reports of temperatures getting warmer so spring is just around the corner.

Speaking of events, there are several that we’re looking for sponsors for our coverage. These include: Agricultural Relations Council Annual Mtg. in June; International Conference on Precision Ag in July; AgChat Conference in August; International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Scotland in September. Please contact Dave or Chuck for more information. And if you’ve got your own event or field day you’d like us to cover please let us know if we can add it to our schedule.

This year ZimmComm New Media is celebrating 10 Golden Years during the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference in Jacksonville, FL. We’re making plans to have a golden time with friends and clients and some special activity in our Connection Point booth. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, please get it done asap (early deadline is March 20). Think of how cold you’ve been this winter. Wouldn’t you like some time in the Florida sunshine? Let’s make this a huge agricultural marketing event this year. Invite your colleagues and friends in the business to come on down to our home territory!

Do you have the AgWired App for your iOS or Android device? If not, please download. It’s free. Big thanks go out to iCropTrak for continuing their sponsorship of the app!

There was an announcement this week of the formation of the Open Ag Data Alliance project. We’d love to know what you think. You can do so via our new ZimmPoll.

The Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA), an open standards software project to ensure farmers have full data access, security and privacy, has officially been launched with the goal of enabling farmers to have flexibility and control over data-driven decisions on their farm. What do you think about it? Do you think there is a need for this – or do you even understand it at all? Let us know!

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

Aaron Hutchinson, iCropTrak, on new version and ICropTrak Soil
Illinois farmer Adam Watson, speaker at Stoller USA Classic Learning Center Session
Scott Robinson, FarmLink, new benchmarking tool
Ag Groups Reject Japan TPP Offer Press Conf.
Rick Tolman, retiring CEO, NCGA
Geoff Kneen, Bayer CropScience, seed innovations
Conference call on Open Ag Data Alliance announcement
Morgan Williams, U-S Ukraine Business Council, how unrest is affecting ag

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ZimmNews – Mar 7, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team is in post-Commodity Classic Recovery Mode this week and working on lots of interviews and stories. This week Chuck headed to the west coast for some Operation Blue Force in the field training with New Holland. Wearing his ZimmGlass he learned how to operate T8 and T9 tractors and will be sharing video from that experience on the ZimmComm News Network.

Be sure you check out AgNewsWire links to stories and audio from Classic and the BASF and Bayer media events – we added lots more this week. Also still finishing up the Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Vet event in Dallas and the Farm & Gin Show. We have been busy!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think about Chipotle’s Farmed & Dangerous?”

An overwhelming majority said they have boycotted Chipotle and we are proud to say we fit into that group. We also believe Chipotle should be ashamed of how they are portraying farmers. Thank you to those in the agricultural community who have made a stand against this self-righteous restaurant chain and joined the fight to tell agriculture’s story.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your favorite fish?”

Now that we’re in the Lenten season and fish fry-days are ramping up, we want to know how you like to eat fish – if at all!

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

Laurie Adams, Pollinator Partnerships, on bee health
Anna Mullins, The Cotton Museum, on their work
Farmland Movie Press Conference
Ron Milby, GROWMARK, on John Deere data collaboration

Of course there are many more we’ve published this week.

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ZimmNews – Feb 28, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

What a week it is for the ZimmComm Team. Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum, BASF Science Behind the Advanced Acre, Commodity Classic Mid-South Farm & Gin Show and BIVI Swine Health Seminar. Yeow! Burning up some agriblogging and farm podcasting miles. Keep your eye on AgWired and all the ZimmComm news network websites including AgNewsWire.com for lots of photos, audio interviews and video clips. Chuck’s ZimmGlass Project has been continuing as he uses the Google product during his coverage of these activities.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “If available, would you put E15 or E85 in your vehicle?”

Although for different reasons, the majority of you said you would use E15 or E85 in your personal vehicle if it was available. It seems the availability is the question. When will we see more stations carrying different blends of ethanol beyond the Midwest?

Our poll results:

▪ Yes, if save money – 29%
▪ Yes, supports USA – 31%
▪ Maybe, need for info – 5%
▪ No, have concerns – 14%
▪ I already do – 21%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What do you think about Chipotle’s Farmed & Dangerous?”

Chipotle is at it again. It seems their is no limit to their extreme marketing tactics. Many in the agriculture community have voiced their opinions via social media and other online outlets. Has that made a difference? Are we preaching to the choir or are our words only reaching deaf ears?\

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

New Holland Workmaster 35 winner at Commodity Classic
Caleb Brannon, Puryear, TN, BASF Soybean Scholarship Winner
NCGA Press Conference with Martin Barbre
Kaleb Lindquist, Ag Leader Technology, on SMS Advanced
Gary Fellows, BASF, growing today for tomorrow
Julie Borlaug, Speech at Ag Issues Forum

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ZimmNews – Feb 21, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Where will the ZimmComm team find you next week? You can find us at Commodity Class in San Antonio, the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis and the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Swine Health Seminar in Dallas.

This week Chuck and Cindy got to see a lot friends at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, FL. Many of the attendees wanted to stay since it was sunny and about 80 degrees! RFA’s CEO and the Reverand of Renewable Fuels, Bob Dinneen, gave his annual state of the ethanol industry speech and he preached a powerful sermon. You can still watch him here. Thanks to Patriot Renewable Fuels, LLC for sponsoring our coverage.

Most of our ZimmPoll respondents last week believe that the farm economy is better than the general economy. Let’s all hope they’re right and that continues to be the case. This week we’re asking “If available, would you put E15 or E85 in your vehicle?” Let us know.

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

Nick Hustedde, FMC, on Authority Maxx
Mike Wilhite, Blue Blazes, Tractor Pull Competitor
Paul Kamp, Leifmark and Jimmy Page for Led Zeppelin 2
Chris Grundler, EPA, on RFS

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ZimmNews – Feb 14, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Winter ain’t over! Chuck and Cindy made it through Atlanta on Tuesday just in time as flights were being canceled right and left. They are finishing up at the 2014 National Farm Machinery in Louisville, KY. You can find a growing number of stories and photos on AgWired and Precision Pays. Working along side the team on Friday is Anna Leigh Peek, Auburn student just about to graduate. We have met Anna at a couple of events and she wanted the opportunity to get some real world experience. We appreciate her help and are impressed with her ambition!

Our latest ZimmPoll question was “What’s best in the new farm bill?” Over a third of our respondents said Crop Insurance. The same percentage said Nothing. Hmmm.

So our new ZimmPoll moves on to the farm economy and asks the question, “How does farm economy compare to general U.S.?” Let us know what you think since USDA is predicting lower net farm income this year after big gains in 2013.

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

Cole Sanford, New Holland, talks about their CR8090 Combine
NFMS Show Mgr. Corrine Fetter talks about this year’s show
Paul Redhage, FMC, talks about support for ag media
Andrew Willis, AgSense, talks about variable irrigation
Lanny Faleide, SatShot, talks about aerial imagery
Russ Morman, Ag Leader Technology, talks about spring planting
Kansas farmer Greg Smith talks about using new John Deere ExactEmerge planter

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ZimmNews – Feb 7, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We want to congratulate our Jamie Johansen and husband Kevin for the arrival of their first child, Harper James Johansen, 7 lb., 14 oz., 21 inches! She is a beautiful baby and you know we love babies. Jamie has a very good reason to be getting a break from the agriblogging highway. You can still expect to see her in the future though.

This week Chuck is on the road to the 2014 MapShots Customer Conference. He’s in AgNerd paradise talking data, cloud, integration, precision and more.

The ZimmComm Team has been working all week on preparations for several events coming up on the schedule. These include next week’s National Farm Machinery Show and Boehringer Ingelheim event. Following that will be the National Ethanol Conference and then Commodity Classic. We’ve got them covered!

In our latest ZimmPoll – “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?” – well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would not use them yet. We’re going to see a lot more about this new technology since predictions have been made that eighty percent of the multi-million dollar market will be for agricultural use.

Our poll results:

▪Yes, if affordable – 50%
▪No – 18%
▪Yes, at any price – 14%
▪No, worried about privacy – 14%
▪What are they? – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s best in the new farm bill?”

The Senate finally passed its version of a conference bill Jan. 29, and now the farm bill goes to President Obama’s desk. As you can read on Senator Debbie Stabenow’s website “This isn’t your father’s Farm Bill. It is a bill for our future that grows our agriculture economy, helps provide greater access to healthy Michigan-grown foods, preserves our land and water, and cuts unnecessary spending. The Farm Bill is a rare example of a major bipartisan jobs bill and a bipartisan deficit reduction bill,” Chairwoman Stabenow said. Have you had the chance to review the new bill? Let us know what you think is the best part.

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

Tim Taylor, MapShots, on 2014 Customer Conference
Thad Simons, Novus International, talks about IFAMA
Coalition for Safe Affordable Food conf. call announcement
Kaleb Lindquist, Ag Leader Technology, talks about AgFiniti
Sec. of Ag Tom Vilsack, on what USDA will do first when Farm Bill is signed

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ZimmNews – Jan 31, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team enjoyed seeing lots of friends on the road this week. Chuck attended the quarterly NAMA Executive Committee Mtg in Austin, TX and got to spend an extra day courtesy of the ice storm in Atlanta. Cindy was in Atlanta at the IPPE show but didn’t have any troubles as the show went on. Meanwhile, Joanna was attending the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and then the Iowa Power Farming Show in Des Moines, IA. We’ve got lots of stories across the ZimmComm News Network from these events for your reading, listening and viewing pleasure.

Of course the big news was the Farm Bill which looks destined to become law as soon as the Senate signs off on it which is expected. This is important to all agrimarketers in all commodity group areas since it will at least bring some more certainty to the marketplace.

We had an very large turnout of voters for this week’s controversial ZimmPoll question - “What’s your opinion of state HSUS Ag Councils?” The majority of voters agree that if the HSUS label is present in anything, then it can’t be trusted. However, many are eager to work with the group. It will be interesting to see how productive these HSUS Ag Councils are for the organization as it continues to seek to influence legislation and regulations.

Our poll results:

▪ Can’t trust HSUS – 55%
▪ Should work with HSUS – 32%
▪ Waste of time – 7%
▪ Don’t know – 2%
▪ Other – 4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Could drones (UAV’s) serve a purpose on your operation?”

Precision technology in the agricultural industry is a booming business. We have been seeing a lot of talk about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) or better known as drones. The use of drones to fly over crops and livestock to maximize profits is one of the hottest topics entering the agriculture sector. The sky seems to be the limit when it comes to the possibilities with this new technology, but advancements won’t be seen at all until approval is given from the FAA. The price tag might seem high to some, but others may see only see the benefits. We did a similar ZimmPoll on this topic last year asking, “What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?” Could you see yourself utilizing these unmanned aircrafts to increase profitability on your operation?

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

Steve Olson, North American Meat Assocation, on specialty pork cuts
Jeff Klopfenstein, Novus, on 30 yr. anniversary of ALIMET
Mike Olson, Ag Leader Technology, on what 2014 will bring
Scott Long, GROWMARK, on propane shortage/prices
Young Scientists attending National Biodiesel Conference talk about their research
Bob Dinneen, at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

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Zimmnews – Jan 24, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Got biodiesel? How about news and information from the National Biodiesel Conference? Chuck was the Biodiesel Blogger again this year. It’s the 9th straight year that ZimmComm has blogged the conference for the National Biodiesel Board. He got lots of photos and interviews and has more to post in the next couple days before heading to Austin, TX for a NAMA Exec. Comm. Mtg.

Next week Cindy will be taking off for Atlanta and the International Production & Processing Expo courtesy of Novus International. While she’s there Joanna Schroeder will be covering the Iowa Power Farming Show courtesy of Ag Leader Technology. We’re looking forward to a busy end of winter and early spring.

Our newest ZimmPoll is getting quite a bit of attention. Anything involving the HSUS does. The question is “What’s your opinion of state HSUS Ag Councils?” We have our own of course. What’s yours?

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

Len Hering, Rear Admiral, USN, Ret., speech at National Biodiesel Conference
Iowa Governor, Terry Brandstad, remarks to EPA at RFS Hearing in the Heartland
Policy Panel – Anne Steckel, NBB, Byron Dorgan, former Sen., Kenny Hulshof, former Rep.
Kirk Leeds, Iowa Soybean Association, on receiving Eye on Biodiesel Award
Don Borgman, John Deere, on receiving NBB Lifetime Achievement Award
NBB Chair, Steven Levy, Speech

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ZimmNews – Jan 17, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck got back on the agriblogging highway this week – and while he was covering the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, he got word that youngest daughter Caitlin gave birth to a beautiful boy, making him and Cindy grandparents for the first time. Cruz Alexander Underwood was born on January 14, at 7’5″ and 20 inches. They flew up to Missouri as soon as possible and saw baby Cruz by the time he was just 36 hours old and have been there ever since. If you’re friends with them on FB or follow on Twitter you already know this.

Getting back to the AFBF annual convention, Chuck got lots of great photos and interviews and created quite a buzz using ZimmGlass (his name for his Google Glass) to shoot video interviews and share photos. He’s using the device to see how it fits into an agricultural media work flow and writing a series of articles about it on AgWired. It’s called The ZimmGlass Project. Perhaps your company or organization would be interested in sponsoring the project? He’d be happy to discuss. Part of that deal would include a presentation on Glass at your meeting or event!

We hope you’ve warmed up after the Polar Vortex (PV) attack. With all the news coverage you’d have thought we were living “The Day After Tomorrow” movie. Environmental and man made global warming activists must have thought they were watching the news when they watched that one. LOL!

But we want to know how the PV affected you. This week’s New Holland-sponsored ZimmPoll question is “How did the ‘Polar Vortex’ affect you?” Please let us know.

Our AgWired App is available for free and we’re seeking new sponsors for it. Much thanks to iCropTrak for being our latest sponsor. The app is installed on approximately 8,000 devices and last we checked they use the app an average of almost 2x/day. That’s pretty high btw. Just let Dave or Chuck know if you’re interested.

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

Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director of Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University, on AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative
James Wesley, Recording Artist
Jake Carter, Georgia, new AFBF YF&R Chair
Bob Stallman, AFBF President, Closing Press Conference
John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President, on grass roots policy process & Florida priorities
Bob Haselwood, Kansas soybean farmer & Vice Chairman, USB
Randy Krotz, USFRA
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack AFBF speech

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ZimmNews – Jan 10, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Got Glass? Chuck does. If you’re attending the AFBF convention this week you will see him sporting his newest agriblogging tool which he affectionately calls “ZimmGlass.” This will be his first on-location opportunity to practice including it into his work flow. This will be fun.

Speaking of Glass, our new ZimmPoll asks the question, “Would you wear Google Glass?” Let us know what you think. We want to give a shout out to New Holland for once again being a sponsor of our weekly ZimmPoll!

Speaking of cool work tools, many of you probably have a smart phone or perhaps were lucky enough to get one for Christmas. If so, how about adding the AgWired App. It’s free and easy and lets you go right to some of the best news and information about the world of agribusiness on the internet. We’ve got it for iOS and Android and are working on a new version which will be out soon. Get it now and then all you’ll have to do later is update it. Here’s where you can go to get it. Got it? Thank you very much to our most recent sponsor of the AgWired App, iCropTrak!

Now for an AgNewsWire update. Since we announced that we would be aggregating all our media content on AgNewsWire.com last April the response has been tremendous. The online Ag News Content Service has received great reviews from farm broadcasters and publication editors who have found images and audio they can use in their reporting efforts. Our event sponsors have found a new benefit to their sponsorships and we want to give a warm welcome to BASF and Dupont Pioneer for becoming the first ever AgNewsWire sponsors starting this month! If you’d like to know more about AgNewsWire please contact Chuck or Dave or more information.

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

Senator John Thune on Farm Bill
Senator Patrick Leahy floor speech on Farm Bill
RINS Report Media Call
Gordon Hunter, author, How Are You Mother Earth

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