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Where in the World was ZimmComm in 2013?

agwiredIt’s always exhausting to look back on what we did in a year, and it’s always more than the year before.

In 2013, ZimmComm covered 73 different events in 19 states and three other countries besides the United States – Argentina, British Columbia, and Germany. Missouri wins the prize for the most meetings in 2013 with ten. We visited Illinois eight times, Iowa seven times and North Carolina and Washington DC six times each.

gold-micThe ZimmComm golden microphone was seen at meetings about general ag, crop protection, equipment, machinery and precision ag; cattle, dairy, hogs, livestock, poultry and meat; cotton, corn, grain marketing, peanuts, seeds, sorghum, and wheat; equipment, machinery and precision agriculture; ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels; ag advocacy, agri-marketing, ag media, farm broadcasting – and more.

We hit 100,000 photos in our Flickr account included in a total now of 468 sets dating back to May of 2005. We did just shy of 5,000 total posts on all of our own websites plus others like Corn Commentary, Biodiesel Conference, Beef Board Meeting, and Southern Peanut Growers.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful clients, fabulous freelancers and various industry supporters for making 2013 a great year. It’s been nice to take a holiday break from the Agriblogging Highway, but we’ll be back at it again soon. See you down the road in 2014!

ZimmNews – Dec 20, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Hopefully you have all your holiday shopping done by now and all you have to do is spend some time relaxing and enjoying family and friends. That’s what we’re planning to do. Posting will be on the light side the next couple weeks but never fear we will have some interesting content to share as always.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “ Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?”

Our poll results:

· National – 29%
· None – 24%
· All of the above – 19%
· State – 10%
· Other – 10%
· Regional – 5%
· Local – 5%

Looks like quite a few of you will be traveling to shows this winter. Be careful and we hope you find what you’re looking for.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “ What is your traditional Christmas dinner?” Will there be a big bird in the middle of your family dinner table or a mouthwatering roast beef? Let us know!

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

Larry Robertson, Dow AgroSciences, on collaboration with John Deere
Mace Thornton, AFBF, on upcoming annual convention
Andy Lavigne, ASTA, on seed theft
Alyson Emanuel, BASF, on advanced seed enhancement
Tom Kroll, Nufarm, on Nuseed
RFA Celebrates Six Years of RFS

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ZimmNews – Dec 13, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Does Santa have your Christmas wish list? We hope you’re being especially nice this month! For you gadget lovers there are many, many new devices that can make your job and life more fun and productive. Of course, it is okay to unplug sometimes. Even Chuck and Cindy do. Yeah, right.

This week the ZimmComm team was out and about. This made sense to us but you may shake your head and wonder. First, Jamie was in Chicago with BIVI for their annual PRRS Seminar. Chuck was in Chicago next touring the Nufarm North American headquarters. And finally, Cindy and Leah have been in Chicago at the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo. Chuck and Cindy had a little bit of a shock with the temps since they’re already Florida acclimated. But you can find lots of stories and interviews on AgWired.com from these events this week.

Next up is “Break Time.” It’s holiday time so the team will be getting a nice break from the agriblogging highway. However, you won’t find any lack of great content on the ZimmComm News network. Remember to keep up with us online, via social media or with the free AgWired App. Oh, and if you send us your digital holiday messages we’ll feature them on AgWired when we can.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you plan to make any year-end equipment purchases?”

Our poll results:

· No – Not this year: 35%

· Yes – Planting equipment: 18%

· Yes – Sprayers: 12%

· Yes – GPS/guidance: 12%

· Yes – Hay equipment: 6%

· Yes – Harvest equipment: 6%

· Yes – Tillage: 6%

· Yes – Other: 6%

Looks like most of the farmers out there are either up-to-date on equipment or satisfied with what they have. Are things like Farm Bill uncertainty holding you back?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?” Are you planning to get out of the house to browse new products and services this fall and winter or wait and see what spring brings? Let us know!

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

Dr. Tim Loula, Swine Vet Centers, on PRRS
Lauri Adams, Pollinator Partnership
Justin Clark, BASF, on Advanced Seed Enhancement Platform
Scotty Nguyen, Prince of Poker
Monsanto/Novozymes Bioag Alliance Presser
Janice Walters, ASTA Dir. of Communications
Brian Rund, Nufarm, new NAFTA headquarters
Lots of testimony from yesterday’s EPA RFS hearing in DC

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – Dec 6, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Looks like a white winter already in parts of the country. Can’t say Chuck and Cindy are regretting their move back to home state Florida where it was 75 degrees this morning! However, Chuck gets on the agriblogging highway Sunday for Chicago and a visit to Nufarm’s new North American headquarters and manufacturing plant in Alsip, Illinois. He still has his midwest winter gear though so don’t worry.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What are you thankful for?”

Our poll results:

· All of the above – 37%

· Friends and family – 15%

· Good health – 12%

· Freedom – 8%

· Affordable food – 8%

· Rewarding work – 7%

· Our great nation – 7%

· Other – 7%

There are so many things for us to be thankful for that it’s no wonder an “All of the above” would be the top choice. We hope your families had a wonderful holiday and are now preparing for the Christmas season with full hearts as well!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you plan to make any year-end equipment purchases?” Is your farm expanding? Maybe it’s out with the old, in with the new? Maybe for tax purposes? Let us know!

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

Lots of testimony from yesterday’s EPA RFS hearing in DC

In case you have missed it, the ZimmComm Team has most of the interviews conducted at the NAFB convention aggregated on AgNewsWire.com here and here Check it out since you or your client may be featured.

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – Nov 29, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We do not have a Black Friday deal for you. Sorry. You probably have enough of those emailed to you already.

The ZimmComm Team wishes everyone a happy holiday weekend and we hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Thank you to all of our fans, followers and sponsors for all your support throughout the year!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is your opinion on the EPA lowering biofuels requirements?”

Our poll results:

· Bad for the country – 26%
· Guts the RFS and hurts ag – 26%
· Windfall for oil industry – 19%
· Other – 13%
· Industry can overcome – 7%
· Doesn’t go far enough – 5%
· Better for livestock producer – 4%

Looks like it’s a strong majority that feels the new requirements are bad all around – for the country and for the farmers – unless you’re in the oil industry. Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What are you thankful for?” ‘Tis the season to be thankful for so many things – we want to know what tops your list! Let us know.

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Zimfo Bytes – Nov 22, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Most of the ZimmComm team is in post-NAFB recovery. We conducted a record number of interviews which you’ll be finding all over the ZimmComm News Network. Chuck got back out on the agriblogging highway this week for the MFA, Inc. Annual Mtg. and 100 Yr. Celebration in Sedalia, MO. He’s back and cradling his new iPad Air. You’ll probably see him write about that experience on AgWired soon!

In advance of Thanksgiving week our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”How do you show food thanks?”

Our poll results:


· Thank a farmer in person – 32%

· Via social media – 26%

· Donating to a local food bank – 16%

· Nothing – 16%

· Invite people out to your farm – 5%

· Other – 5%

We are wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving season.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is your opinion on the EPA lowering biofuels requirements?” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released its proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel. The release has prompted a deluge of commentary from both sides of the biofuels issue. But what do you think – is it good for refiners and bad for ag and the economy? Let us know!

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

Janice Schuerman, MFA, Inc., Senior Vice President, on annual meeting
Merrill Swanson, Dugger, Canaday, Grafe, Inc., on ASFMRA Leadership Institure
Mark Jagels, Nebraska corn grower, elected Chairman of USMEF
Paul Redhage, FMC, on Anthem Singing Contest
Bill Streeter, MFA, Inc., on 100 yr. celebration
Dr. Robert Corbett, Dairy Health Consultation, on nutrition/management practices

And you’ll find a lot more!

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – Nov 15, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

What a week it has been for the ZimmComm Team. Chuck took off first to the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop courtesy of Prince Agri Products and then headed west to Reno, NV for the ASFMRA Agronomics Vision 2014 conference. Cindy, Leah, Jamie and our fall intern Kristyn conquered the NAFB convention in Kansas City, courtesy of BASF and FMC. We’ve got lots of great content to share with you in the next week or so!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, Which vehicle do you prefer for hunting?”

Our poll results:
· None – 37%
· UTV – Utility Terrain Vehicle – 26%
· Other – 21%
· ATV – All Terrain Vehicle – 16%

Although off-road vehicles have become popular on farm and ranch settings there is nothing like putting some miles on your hunting boots. Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How do you show food thanks?” Do you extend your thanks to farmers or donate to the local food bank to show appreciation? Let us know.

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

Jim Rickert, new president of ASFMRA
Chris Batdorf, John Deere, opening MyJohnDeere Platform
Margaret Fogarty, Farm Credit, NAFB social media corps
Dr. Robert Fraley, Monsanto, speech to Agronomic Vision 2014
Charlie Moger, Wizard of Ads, relevancy in changing media landscape

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

ZimmNews – Nov 8, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It’s one of Chuck’s favorite times of the year. Why? Because it’s deer season. He just spent a week in the woods at the new location of the Crystal Pig Hunt Club. That’s his club which you can learn about at CrystalPigHuntClub.com There will be more action there during this Georgia season on the 2013 Rustler Hunt. Why that theme? Because New Holland donated a camp 4-seater Rustler as part of an online promotion for him to get around the property on. It is one tough UTV and got put through the paces crossing creeks, hopping logs, cruising through some mud bogs, and doing some pretty steep uphill climbs over rough ground. He sure appreciates New Holland’s continued support of all ZimmComm does.

The ZimmComm team is about to hit the agriblogging highway big time next week. You’ll find Chuck in Grantville, PA at the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop courtesy of Prince Agri Products. Then he cruised west to Reno for the ASFMRA convention. Yep, cross country agriblogging! Meanwhile Cindy, Leah, Jamie and our fall intern Kristyn will be in KC, MO for the NAFB Convention. They’re looking forward to seeing so many of our friends and clients there.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ”What’s the biggest threat to getting the Farm Bill done?”

Our poll results:


· Lack of bipartisanship – 39%

· Nutrition reform – 36%

· Other – 18%

· Animal ag issues – 7%

The farm bill conference committee has still only met once, but there is some hope they will have a compromise bill by Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, fall means it’s hunting season in many areas of the country for various types of game and more hunters these days are using off-road vehicles. Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Which vehicle do you prefer for hunting?” Are you good with the basic four wheel ATV or does a bigger utility terrain vehicle better suit your hunting needs? Let us know.

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

Aaron Hutchinson, iCropTrak, on improved soil sampling
Gavin Gibbons, National Fisheries Institute, on repeal efforts of USDA catfish inspection pgm.
Fuels America press conf. on consequences of lower RFS requirements

You can find the full e-Newsletter here and subscribe here.

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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