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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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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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