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ZimmNews – Nov 1, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck is on his annual deer hunt this week in Georgia for the inaugural Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt. Cindy has been following the Farm Bill conference committee this week and otherwise enjoying some downtime at ZimmComm World Headquarters. We’ll be back on the road soon!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Does farm size matter?” On Food Day, Oct. 24, 2013, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance hosted a panel, “Farm Size: Does It Really Matter?” at the State Room in Boston to discuss the differences and similarities between large and small farms, and how farm size and ownership affect consumers’ food-purchasing decisions. You can watch the full video here to see if the panelists agreed with what most of you thought: size doesn’t matter as long as it’s sustainable.

Our poll results:
· No, as long as sustainable – 38%
· No, all are needed – 35%
· Yes, it’s big vs. small – 15%
· Yes, bigger needed to feed growing population – 10%
· Other – 3%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the biggest threat to getting the farm bill done?” Is nutrition the hang-up, or is it agriculture? Let us know!

Here’s some audio from this week you might have missed:
Farm bill conference quotes
Thad Simons, Novus International, at World Food Prize
Interview with author Alan Bjerga at Food Dialogue
Interview with farmer Jamie Cruz at Food Dialogue
Interview with GROWMARK’s Karen Jones at World Food Prize

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ZimmNews – Oct 25, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

For all you agnerds out there this was an exciting week. First of all Apple announced new iPads and Macbook Pros. You can still watch the livestream of the event. Nokia and Microsoft also announced new devices and Samsung had done so just recently too. Lots to choose from out there and more and more ag apps becoming available!

This week Chuck traveled to Boston for the USFRA’s Food Dialogues event. He just got back and will be sharing interviews with panelists on AgWired.com. He’ll get a break next week (sort of) since it’s time for his annual deer hunt which he’s titling, “The Rustler.” Keep you eye out for more on that topic!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”What is most important to you when buying food?” Given the economy, it’s not surprising that price won out in our poll, but it also tied with whatever you’re hungry for. Maybe it just depends on your mood!

Our poll results:

· Price – 29%

· Whatever I’m hungry for – 29%

· Organic – 14%

· Brand – 12%

· Other – 9%

· Special diet – 7%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Does farm size matter?” which was also the topic of the USFRA Food Dialogues in Boston this week. Increasingly, consumers are hearing they should be concerned about the size of farms, and may be making purchasing decisions without understanding how food is grown and raised on farms of any size. What do you think? Let us know!

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

Cory Reed, John Deere, on 4th Global Ag Productivity Report
Rob Aukerman, Elanco Animal Health, on research & returns
Dr. Richard Bonanno, President, Massachusetts Farm Bureau on farm size
Animal Ag Alliance press conference on food production report
Pam Johnson, NCGA Chair, on TATT Global Farmer Roundtable
Commodity Classic/AG CONNECT Expo Press Conference
Understanding Agriburbia presentation from CFWF Conference

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ZimmNews – Oct 18, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team hopes you’re enjoying our out and about this week. Cindy and Leah have been hard at it in Des Moines starting with the Truth About Trade & Technology Global Farmer Roundtable. Then they moved on to the World Food Prize activities. Chuck hit the west coast to spend the day at the O.H. Kruse Grand Opportunities event He got to drive through a large grape growing reason and see the crews out picking the fresh grapes, a first for him. We love the agriblogging highway.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “ Is shutdown affecting you?” Well, it’s a moot point now since the shutdown is over (for the time being). Our poll results were pretty well mixed though.

Our poll results:


· Yes, in a minor way –23%

· Not at all – 23%

· Can’t tell a difference – 25%

· Not yet 16%

· Yes, in a major way 10%

· Other 4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is most important to you when buying food?” What are those key drivers or influencers that you’re faced with at the grocery store? Let us know!

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

Chad Pinter, O.H. Kruse, on listening to customers
Cory Gibson, Alliance Mercantile, on Bekina Boots
World Food Prize Laureates meet the press
Claudia Garcia, Elanco, on Sensible Table Movement
Jim Zimmerman, Chair, NCGA Trade, Policy & Biotechnology Action Team
TATT Kleckner Award winner V. Ravichandran
Jeff Simmons, Elanco, after receiving 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award
World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Robb Fraley, Monsanto
Jay Kelley & Kevin Hamilton, Adayana, on selling value in competitive world

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ZimmNews – Oct 11, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s a special time of the year to think about food. Next week we have the annual World Food Day which was started by the FAO and also the World Food Prize activities which Cindy will be attending in Des Moines, IA. We like to think of every day as food day!

This week Chuck attended a John Deere API Integrators Conference along with well over a hundred other agnerds. For those of you who don’t know, API stands for application programming interface. Deere announced that they are opening up their API to companies who want to develop applications that will integrate with John Deere data. The idea is that these companies, working with Deere, will develop many useful software applications that will make John Deere data more useful and easier to use for customers. Chuck interviewed quite a few of the attendees and presenters, all of which are being posted onto PrecisionPays.com and on AgNewsWire.com where they’ll be available to all ag media.

You may or may not have heard about the tragedy in South Dakota from an early season snow storm that has killed thousands of head of cattle. A donation point has been created by the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association and other groups to provide support and relief assistance. You can find the online form to make a donation if you’d like here.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is there a difference between animal welfare and animal rights?” Per the dictionary definition, animal welfare is the physical and psychological well-being of animals; animal rights is the idea that some or all nonhuman animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives, and that their most basic interests – such as an interest in not suffering – should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings. Looks like the majority of you are aware of the difference between the two.

Our poll results:

· Yes, different definitions – 56%

· Similar but not same – 26%

· Other – 10%

· No, mean the same thing – 8%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is shutdown affecting you?” We want to know if you can tell a difference in your daily work, those issues affecting you and your family, or if you really can’t tell a difference. Let us know!

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

Jordi Tormo, BASF, on fighting weed resistance
Chuck Schleusner, John Deere, on new Developer.Deere.com and MyJohnDeere Data API
Debra Amrein-Boyes, Farm House Natural Cheeses, Canada

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ZimmNews – Oct 4, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team has been international again. Cindy just returned from Germany with our friends at BASF Crop Protection. You can find her stories and photos on AgWired and links to all posts on AgNewsWire. Chuck is attending the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation Conference in Harrison Hot Springs, BC courtesy of Case IH. You can also find his coverage on AgWired. It’s a busy time as the fall season gets into full gear.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your favorite rodeo event?” It looks like the majority of you are most entertained by the bull riding. Maybe it has just that extra thrill to see a cowboy ride such a huge animal!

Our poll results:

• Bull Riding 48%

• Barrel Racing 19%

• Bareback Riding 10%

• Tie-Down Roping 10%

• Team Roping 5%

• Steer Wrestling 5%

• Other 5%

“Wild Horse Race”

• Saddle Bronc 0%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is there a difference between animal welfare and animal rights?” Which term is the best to use do you think? Or do they mean the same thing? Let us know!

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

BASF Crop Protection president Markus Heldt comments
Interview with Kaleb Hellwig, BASF Innovation Specialist
Welcome to Canadian Farm Writers from local mayor Sharon Gaetz
Christoph Wigger, John Deere, at BASF Global Press Conference
Interview with Dr. Dusty Post of Monsanto on corn rootworm research

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ZimmNews – Sep 27, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We know you were wondering … Chuck got his iPhone 5S this week and it is now in action as one of our newest agriblogging and farm podcasting tools! You can probably count on him writing about it on AgWired soon.

This week Cindy spent time in Minnesota with Growth Energy and New Holland at Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant near Lyle. You can find her coverage on AgWired. Looking ahead, Chuck will be in Canada next week for the Canadian Farm Writers Federation convention and Cindy will be off to Germany with BASF. They’re getting some international miles in this summer!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Planning to buy a new iPhone or upgrade?” Apple set a new record for iPhone sold when the new ones were announced!

Our poll results:
· Happy with my current iPhone 25%
· Still using a dumb phone 25%
· Not an iPhone fan 17%
· Upgrading to 5S 17%
· Buying 1st iPhone – either one 8%
· Other 8%
· Upgrading to 5C 0%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is your favorite rodeo event?” What really gets your heart racing (besides the cowboys and cowgirls)? Do you show up early for the roping or stay late for the bull riding? Let us know!

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy, on ethanol’s positive impact on rural economy
Ashley McClintock, GROWMARK, scholarship winners
Paul Redhage, FMC, on leading NAMA, now outgoing President
Kenna Rathai, on leading NAMA, incoming President
Luke Johnson, New Holland, on powering American Ethanol
Jim Miller, Growth Energy, on farm bill
Jay Harrison, Maritz, on big data role in agrimarketing

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ZimmNews – Sep 20, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The National Agri-Marketing Association held a tremendous Fall Conference this week in St. Louis and Chuck was there. You can listen to this year’s Professional Development Awards of Excellence winners and more via his coverage on AgWired with more still to come.

The ZimmComm team gets a little bit of a break before Cindy heads to Minnesota next week for a Growth Energy/New Holland event. Chuck will be taking a few days to do some prep work on his new deer hunting lease. So stay tuned for a lot more to come as we cover what’s new in the world of agribusiness!

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

Kristin Kramer & Julie Walters, on Country Financial
Adrian Figueroa, Foro PAIS, promoting Argentina soy industry
Students at NAMA Fall Conference
Brian Billick, NAMA Fall Conference Keynote

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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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