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ZimmNews – July 12, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck got out on the agriblogging highway this week for the 2013 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour. There are a lot of photos being shared and he lost count of all the interviews he did in the one day tour. You’ll find them being posted on AgWired and for you ag media, you can find them all aggregating for your use on AgNewsWire.com. Thank you to the Conservation Technology Information Center and Koch Agronomic Services for making our coverage of the tour possible.

Let’s look at the results of our latest ZimmPoll which asked the question, “What is the greatest threat to our freedom to farm”. Our poll results suggest that environmental and anti-agriculture groups are the greatest threat to our freedom to farm but climate change and government regulations aren’t far behind.

Our poll results: Twenty percent say All of the Above, eighteen percent say Groups Like HSUS as well as Environmental Wackos, fifteen percent say Climate Change, eleven percent said EPA as well as Congress, and two percent said Labor Force, Supreme Court, No Threats and Other. Results show that there is more than one major threat to our freedom to farm. Now the question is: which one will be the first to take that freedom away?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you watch or want to watch live or recorded ag news television programs online?” Communications technology has changed drastically and is having a real impact on what we think of as traditional sources of information. Is this affecting where or how you get ag news when it comes to tv?

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

Steve Wilhelmi, John Deere, on new Flex Fuel (E-85 capable) ZTrak mower
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, (R-MO), on farm bill and budget
Denise Keehner, EPA Dir., OWOW, on CTIC Tour
Dave Gufstafson, Monsanto & Chair CTIC Board, on 2013 Tour
John Hardin, IN farmer, on importance of conservation & research
Jason Weller, Acting Chief, USDA-NRCS, on CTIC Tour

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ZimmNews – July 5, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day and are enjoying the long holiday weekend. Well, it’s a long weekend for some people anyway.

Let’s look at the results of our latest ZimmPoll which asked the question, “Do you listen to satellite radio?” The results would suggest that not everyone has hopped on the satellite radio bandwagon. However, we did see a quick spike in the “No, never will” answer which seems suspicious. What do you think about these results?

Our poll results: Forty-three percent said Yes, forty-one percent said No, Never Will, twelve percent said No, Plan To and four percent said Other. Have your listening habits changed? We didn’t ask about the options which include traditional broadcast radio as well as internet radio. We might need to ask this again with those choices to see what happens!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is the greatest threat to our freedom to farm?” Let us know what you think. And thank you!

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

Scott Schadler, John Deere, on updated 5E Series Tractors
Paul Brooks, GROWMARK, on new grain dryers
Dan Moehn, Landmark Agronomy, on using iPad-controlled drones for field scouting

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ZimmNews – June 28, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team got a break from the agriblogging highway this week. It has been catch up time as we get all our stories and interviews posted from events like the LMA Annual Convention, IFAMA World Forum, ASTA Annual Convention and more. You might have noticed that the House couldn’t pass a farm bill last week and the Senate passed an immigration bill this week which will probably go no where. Just more of the same in Washington, DC. In the meantime it is creating a lot of uncertainty out in the countryside with farmers and agribusinesses. Farm policy does affect marketing decisions. Hope they get their act together soon!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How concerned are you about the government having your private data?” Our poll results read loud and clear this week. Over half of you are now more worried that the government sees private data.

Our poll results: Sixty-nine percent said More Worried, twenty-four percent said Not Concerned, four percent said Other and two percent said Less Worried. Many agriculturalists have converted to digital data systems in order to become more efficient. Knowing the government is actively collecting private data is causing concerns in all sectors of business and that includes farming.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you listen to satellite radio?” Satellite radio has become more and more popular over the years. Not only is it included in many new vehicles but you can even access it over your smartphone. So do you subscribe? Has it changed your listening habits? Will this affect “regular” farm radio? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed. You can always find more on AgNewsWire.com as well.

Garrett Jones, 2013 WLAC contestant
Tomas Murtagh, Novus International, at IFAMA World Forum
Hannah Carter, University of Florida, at IFAMA World Forum
Fuels America consumer opinion poll on gas prices press conference

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ZimmNews – June 21, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Cindy and ZimmComm summer intern Maggie Seiler attended the American Seed Trade Association convention in Nashville. Maggie is doing turning into a really good agriblogge ! She even had to handle finishing up our ASTA coverage so Cindy could go to the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association World Forum in Atlanta, courtesy of Novus International. Chuck wasn’t just sitting around though. He has been to a quarterly NAMA Executive Committee mtg. in Labadie, MO, a mtg. with our first client, the Missouri Beef Industry Council and is on his way to Lake of the Ozarks for a weekend with the guys group that purchased the stay during last Fall’s NAFB Foundation auction. The ZimmComm team will get a short break after this busy week. We call it catch up time.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “ What is your opinion of Senate immigration bill?” From our poll results it looks like you want to see changes to the immigration bill.

Our poll results: Forty-one percent said Border Security First! Sixteen percent said Bad Deal Overall, Fourteen percent said Needs Improvement, eleven percent said Will Never Pass House, eight percent said Great For America, and six percent said Good For Agriculture and Other. Not many are happy with the immigration farm bill as it stands. We will see what changes are made as it advances to the next level.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How concerned are you about the government having your private data?” Recent information privacy scandals with the EPA and NSA have brought the issue of privacy to the forefront. A lot of agricultural information in digital form is being collected by various services, including the government. How do you feel about it now? Let us know.

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

Risa DeMasi, first woman officer of ASTA
Tamara Gregory, Shepherd’s Table & Adrian Percy, Bayer CropScience
Santa Clara Student IFAMA Competition Winners
Mary Shelman, Harvard Business School, outgoing IFAMA President
Thad Simons, CEO, Novus International, new IFAMA President
Hugh Grant, CEO, Monsanto, IFAMA Keynote Address
Press Conference with 2013 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion Dustin Focht

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ZimmNews – June 14, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Think we’ll get a new farm bill this year? Sorry, had to ask. We’ve been following along as the soap opera unfolds and it looks like a lot more drama to come.

This week Chuck is getting his first look at a Livestock Marketing Association convention in Montgomery, AL. In addition to the convention he’s also a judge for the 50th World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. You can follow his coverage on AgWired and see photos in his ever growing photo album.

Chuck was also in RTP, NC this week for the U.S. celebration of Bayer’s 150th Anniversary. While there he interviewed several leaders of the company and of course took plenty of photos.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked, “How good was your first cutting of hay?” Many of you felt your hay crop was better than last year. Hopefully this is a good sign for this season.

Our poll results: Thirty-five percent said Better Than Last Year, twenty-five percent said Same as Last Year, twenty-five percent said Worse Than Last Year, and fifteen percent said Other. The “Other” responses claimed it is too wet to cut hay. All this moisture is a cure for the drought but seems to have delayed hay season in parts of the country.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is your opinion of Senate immigration bill?” With a Senate vote of 82-15 to allow further debate on legalizing the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants, update the hiring process and make legalization a breeze. President Obama claims it is “the best chance we’ve had in years”. How do you feel? Let us know.

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

Jesse McCoy, Water Quality division manager, Ivesco Technical Services, on pig vaccinator
Doran Herritt, New Holland, Brand Marketing Manager, less than 60 HP Tractors, on compact tractors
Roger Bentley, Alabama Governor, welcomes LMA convention attendees
Tim Starks, LMA President, opening remarks
Phil Blake, President, Bayer USA, talks about company 150 year anniversary
Jim Blome, President/CEO, Bayer CropScience, also talks about company milestone
Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK, government relations, on Capitol Hill issues

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ZimmNews – June 7, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team has had a lot of fun working with our sponsors and friends at events in South Dakota – Raven Innovation Summit, Iowa – World Pork Expo and Pennsylvania – New Holland Construction Equipment Media Event. We’re sharing more photos and interviews than you’ll see anywhere else and you are welcome to listen in, view and share. Team members Chuck, Cindy, Jamie and Joanna have plenty more to post as soon as they get back to the office too.

New Holland introduced a new tractor this week with a legacy name – the Genesis T8 Series. Chuck was there to see it in action and got some great photos and an interview. Check it out here.

ZimmComm summer intern, Maggie Seiler, writes about her first agriblogging experience at the Alltech International Symposium and says, “In addition to making some great connections, I had the opportunity to really jump in and get my hands dirty as far as writing and reporting goes. I had a lot of chances to conduct interviews, take pictures and tweet about the sessions at the symposium. Probably my favorite part of reporting was getting to listen to the sessions on the future of nutrition, marketing and scientific development that will shape agriculture in 2020.” You’ll see Maggie back out in the field next at the American Seed Trade Association convention in Nashville.

Before we get to our new Zimmpoll let’s look at the results of our latest one which asked the question, “What is MOST important when buying a tractor?” It looks like price, horsepower, and versatility win this battle.

Our poll results: Twenty-two percent said Price and Horsepower, seventeen percent said versatility, fifteen percent said Customer Service, nine percent said Accessories, six percent said Warranty and Comfort, four percent said Color, and two percent said Size. The bells and whistles don’t seem to be a huge impact on purchasing decisions.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How good was your first cutting of hay?” Weather hasn’t exactly been predictable this spring. With a cold and wet spring season across much of the country how did it affect your hay crop? Has it bounced back from last year’s drought? Let us know.

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

Matt Burkhart, VP/GM, Raven Industries, Viper 4 product launch presentation
Jeffrey Escobar, Novus international, on improving digestibility
Gary Wojcik, New Holland, on new Genesis T8 Series Tractor
Mark Hooper, Dir. Mktg., New Holland, on Agriculture/Construction Equipment integration
Mike Steilen, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, on new “Easy” campaign
David Coker, President, Fisher House Foundation, on mission and NH donation
Randy Spronk, NPPC President, opens World Pork Expo

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ZimmNews – May 31, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Agriblogging kicks into high gear starting next week. It’s a summer on the run for the ZimmComm team. Cindy will take off on Tuesday for Des Moines and the World Pork Expo thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim and Novus International. At the same time Chuck will be headed to New Holland, PA to see some brand new equipment at New Holland headquarter offices. And also at the same time, Jamie will be in Sioux Falls, SD attending the Raven Innovation Summit. The action doesn’t slow down until near the end of the month too! So expect to see and hear what we see and hear!

Before we get to our new ZimmPoll let’s look at the results of our latest one which asked the question, ” Is agriculture doing a bad job of marketing?”

Our poll results: Sixty-five percent said Yes, Consumers Losing Trust, twenty-one percent said Yes, Industry Thinks It’s Not Needed, twelve percent said No, Consumers Trust Food Supply, and three percent said No, Industry Is Doing A Great Job.

Wow. That’s a huge percentage thinking we’re doing a bad job of marketing. Do you agree with these results? If so, why? What is wrong with the way marketing is being done in the ag sector? Do you think that some sensationalized stories in the media are contributing to a feeling that we are doing a bad job of marketing? If we are doing a really bad job of marketing is it hurting any farmer or company bottom line?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is MOST important when buying a tractor?” Today, it seems like tractors come with as many options as a new car or truck. Many of these options are for comfort and flexibility. When you are shopping for a new tractor are you just looking for the basics or do you want and need all the new bells & whistles? Let us know.

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ZimmNews – May 24, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We’re wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and want to thank all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in the military.

This week ZimmComm summer intern Maggie Seiler, KSU, went on-location to start agriblogging the Alltech International Symposium. Maggie is off to an impressive start! She’ll be working with Cindy next at the American Seed Trade Association Annual Convention in Nashville. You can find Chuck and Maggie’s Alltech photos here.

During the Alltech Symposium Chuck had his first photo upload of the week interrupted by the Flickr changeover to their new design. We’re curious what you think about the new look. It has bigger thumbnails and now allows us to upload photos at full resolution. This means when you choose to download the original version of any of our photos you’ll be getting the “master” of the .jpg file! We get lots of requests for photo masters and now you can easily download them direct from our Flickr sets. BTW. We’ve got almost 92,000 photos in there with almost 4.4 million views to date! We love taking and sharing photos!

With all the farm bill activity in Congress this past week, our latest ZimmPoll asked “What’s your opinion of committee farm bill?” From the results, most think it’s better than nothing.

Our poll results: 18% said Better Than Nothing and Other, 14% said Hits Nutrition Too Hard and Bad For Everyone, nine percent said Senate Better Than House, Bad For Farmers, Will Help Conservation and Great For Everyone, and nobody said House Better Than Senate. Poll results are all over the charts this week with mixed reviews and disagreement with particular sections of the farm bill.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is agriculture doing a bad job of marketing?” Marketing is key to a successful business or industry. The public often gets a bad taste for agriculture after “issues” hit the media. Do we cover our tracks and market the good along with the benefits to agriculture, not to mention the must haves of it? Let us know.

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

Dr. Patrick Wall, University College Dublin, on the New Reality
Rebecca Timmons, Alltech, on the Algae Opportunity
AMI statement on USDA COOL decision
Carl Chaney, Chaney’s Dairy Barn, on marketing their products
Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech, on his vision of 2020
Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech, wraps up 2013 Alltech Symposium

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ZimmNews – May 17, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm agriblogging calendar has been filling up fast again this year. Chuck just got back from the NAFB Washington Watch program. What a great time to be in DC as both the Senate and House marked up and passed out Farm Bill versions. You can find lots of his interviews and recorded presentations here. Thank you to GROWMARK for making his trip possible. This coming week Chuck will be on the road with Maggie Seiler, our summer intern, at the Alltech Symposium.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Are so-called “ag gag” bills fair?”

Our poll results: Fifty-two percent said No, forty-one percent said Yes and seven percent said I Don’t Know. So most of you feel that ag gag bills are not fair. Do you think answers would be different if we called them “See Something, Say Something” laws?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your opinion of committee farm bills?” The Senate Agriculture Committee voted 15-5 to approve their version of a 2013 farm bill. And according to House Ag Committee Chairman, Frank D. Lucas, “The work of the Agriculture Committee, including reauthorizing the Farm Bill, affects every American; ensuring that our farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to produce an abundant and affordable food and fiber supply is as important to our country as national defense.” Let us know what you think.

Here are some audio files from this week you might have missed. Find many more on AgNewsWire.com.

NCGA Chairman, Garry Niemeyer, on WRDA passage in Senate
AgChat Foundation Executive Director, Emily Zweber, on 2013 Agvocacy 2.0 Training Conference
Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow on farm bill
House Ag Committee Chair Frank Lucas on farm bill
Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, on farm bill and other issues
John Simpson, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, taking on activists in the courtroom
Bob Dinneen, RFA, on farm bill and RFS
Colin Woodall, NCBA, on farm bill
Mike Hergert, Red River Farm Network/Andy Vance, Feedstuffs, on NAFB Washington Watch

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ZimmNews – May 10, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Chuck attended Farm Credit’s 2013 Idea Share where he participated in a panel discussion titled, “Meet the New Media.” He’s got more to share from the conference today on AgWired. There were a number of good tidbits you’ll find from the session like this tweet from Emily Zweber, Executive Director, AgChat Foundation, who was on the panel, “Social media is one more tool in the toolbox of risk management strategies for your farm.” @ezweber. The conference Twitter hashtag is: #IdeaShare2013. Yes, social media is the new media of today and that makes us all, “media!!”

We are so pleased with the response to our new agri-blogging internship program. It was tough to choose just one for the summer semester, but we finally decided on Maggie Seiler – a sophomore at Kansas State University dual majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry.

We are not wasting any time getting Maggie on the agri-blogging highway. She will be joining Chuck next week for the 2013 Alltech Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky and you can expect to meet her at other events this summer.

Welcome, Maggie! And thank you to all the students who have applied. We’ll be selecting fall interns in July.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How many generations are you removed from the farm?”

Our poll results: Thirty percent say they are “One Generation, My Parents are Farmers,” 23% are “Two, My Grandparents Were Farmers,” 22% say “None, I’m a Farmer,” nine percent are not farmers but work in the ag industry, seven percent have “No Direct Farm Connection,” and three percent say “Three, My Great-Grandparents Were Farmers,” “More Than Three,” or “Other.” It is safe to say that most of our followers are not far removed from the farm, if at all!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Are so-called “ag gag” bills fair?” In the wake of undercover videos at animal agriculture operations that have shown abuse, and especially those that were compiled over a period of time, edited and then released to the public without doing anything to stop the abuse or take it to the proper authorities, several states have passed legislation making that illegal. Most of the laws simply require mandatory reporting of animal cruelty when it happens but opponents have labeled them “ag gag” laws that would suppress efforts to document and publicize animal abuse. Those in favor prefer to call them “See Something, Say Something” bills. Do you feel that the so-called “ag gag” bills are prohibitive? Will these laws hamper efforts to stop animal cruelty? Does this impede our efforts for transparency in the food systems? Let us know.

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

Janet Thompson, farm girl, economist, wife, mom, on farm privacy
Regina Gill, Farm Credit Funding Corporation, on state of Farm Credit System
Janet Riley, American Meat Institute, on new animal handling videos
Ethanol Report with Bob Dinneen, RFA, on current events

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