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    2015 ACE Fly In - The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) brought the troops to Washington D.C. to talk with our Nation’s leaders about the importance of the Renewable Fuels Standard.

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    2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show - The show brings together farmers from Texas to Missouri to the southeast Gulf coast.

ZimmNews – April 25, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm Team is enjoying some time at World Headquarters. The focus has been on the calendar though. Registrations, reservations, decision making is going on for events taking place through the end of the summer. We’re pretty sure you’ll see the Golden ZimmComm Microphone (first appearance) out and about somewhere and of course ZimmGlass.

So, do you have ZimmComm in your event planning? There are opportunities to have the AgriBlogger or FarmPodcaster or other team members on site letting the world know what’s new. Here are some sponsorship opportunities you might consider for great online/social media exposure:

NAFB Washington Watch – Coming up quick
United Fresh/FMI Connect – Would be 1st for us and where 1st Social Media Farmer of the Year Award will be presented
Ag Relations Council Annual Mtg.
International Conference on Precision Ag
Ag Media Summit
InfoAg Conference
AgChat Conference
IFAJ Congress
– Great place to create awareness w/international farm journalists
NAMA Fall Conference

If you are interested in sponsoring our coverage of any of these events or others please let Dave Larson know so he can prepare a proposal for you.

This week’s ZimmPoll asks, “Is corn planting underway in your area?” We’re already seeing mixed responses. We hope some warm sun shines in the corn belt!

It’s that time. ZimmComm New Media is looking for a summer intern. If you know of a good agriblogging candidate please send them here.

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

Ian Kelley, Bayer CropScience, on bee care
Fuels America Economic Report
Lilly/Elanco press conf. on Novartis deal
Mark Hooper, New Holland, on the launch of MyNewHolland.com

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ZimmNews – April 19, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Good Friday to you as we near the Easter celebration. The ZimmComm Team is focused on family as Chuck and Cindy are in Missouri to attend their Grandson Cruz’s Baptism on Sunday. We wish you all a very blessed holiday time.

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ZimmNews – Apr 11, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck, Cindy and other members of the ZimmComm team are pretty much exhausted after NAMA Agri-Marketing Conference week in Jacksonville, FL. What a fantastic week though. We celebrated our ten year anniversary with many, many friends and clients and appreciate all of them and you. Now it’s on to ten more.

If you didn’t make it to the conference you can live it in photos in our Agri-Marketing Conference Photo Album. We’ve got many more stories to share on AgWired after a short recovery. But then it’s back on the agriblogging highway next week!

Here are a couple interviews from this week you might have missed. There are lots more so visit our websites to see what else was new this week.

Sonny Beck, Beck’s Hybrids, on receiving NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award
Jeff Hartz, Wyffels Hybrids, on receiving NAMA Marketer of the Year Award

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ZimmNews – Apr 4, 2014

zimm-ten-golden-yearsHello ZimmComm Fans:

ZimmComm New Media is celebrating ten years! That’s ten years of pioneering the use of online agricultural communications via blogs, podcasts and social networking. Sure wish we could say we were so enlightened that we planned it all. But we just went with the flow. Now we’re looking at the next ten years and wondering what things will be like when we get there.

We look at the Agri-Marketing Conference in 2004 as our official company launch so next week’s conference is a special one for us. If you’re attending please stop by our booth for some anniversary cake and other goodies as well as ZimmGlass Demos.

Actually, Chuck will be doing ZimmGlass demos while Bruce Rasa, Tekwear, will be demoing his Google Glass. If you don’t know Bruce you need to. He’s THE Glass pioneer for agriculture. If you have not seen Glass in action and are wondering what this new thing is then we’ve got the opportunity for you to get an in-person look at the coolest new wearable technology. How can this apply to agribusiness and ag communications? Stop by and we’ll give you some ideas.

NAMA Agri-Marketing Conference week is going to be a big one with Brownfield Honky Tonk and Rhea + Kaiser After the After Pancake Ray breakfast thrown in. We’ll be seeing you there.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think farm movies can help the public image of agriculture?”

It looks like the majority polled believe these farm movies can play a positive role in improving the agricultural industries image. Getting people to theaters to watch them might be tricky, but the old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising could be the ticket. Check on the FARMLAND and Great American Wheat Harvest websites for public screenings.

Our poll results:

▪ Definitely – 38%
▪ Maybe – 27%
▪ No – 11%
▪ Not sure – 4%
▪ Can’t hurt – 15%
▪ Other – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?”

Next week is the annual Agri-Marketing Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Agribusiness/agency/media and more will be networking and participating in professional development activities. We’re pretty sure this question will be a part of the conversation.

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ZimmNews – Mar 28, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you have had a wonderful National Agriculture Week.

The ZimmComm Team had a lot going on that included:

National Premier of The Great American Wheat Harvest
National Ag Day ActivitiesPhotos (including Great American Wheat Harvest Movie/USFRA/FARMLAND)
Borman Borlaug Statue UnveilingPhotos
American Coalition for Ethanol DC Fly-inPhotos
FARMLAND movie screening

There are lots of interviews and other audio from these activities in our story posts.

The ZimmGlass Project keeps moving forward. Chuck now has his Glass mounted on custom frames with his prescription lenses installed! Looks a little less agnerdy. If agricultural Journalism classes and agricultural media organizations would like Chuck to make a presentation please let him know. This new wearable tech could change how we report news in the future!

With the national premier of The Great American Wheat Harvest film documentary and the private screening of FARMLAND this week we thought it would be interesting to get some public opinion in our new ZimmPoll that asks the question, “Do you think farm movies can help the public image of agriculture?” Let us know what you think.

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ZimmNews – Mar 21, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope things are warming up a little bit for most of you. Are you gearing up to celebrate National Ag Day next week? We are. Chuck and Cindy’s next stop on the agriblogging highway is Washington, DC. While there Chuck will be covering National Ag Day activities while Cindy covers the American Coalition of Ethanol DC Fly-in. At least they get to sleep together! Our new ZimmPoll asks the question, How are you celebrating Ag Day? Let us know.

We hope you’ve registered for the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference. We’re past early bird discount time but you can still get it done. ZimmComm New Media will be celebrating Ten Golden Years and we’ll have more to announce in the next couple weeks. We really hope you visit our Connection Point booth. We think you’ll like what we’ll have to offer this year.

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

Dr. David Baumert, Cargill Pork, on PCV2
Paul Redhage, FMC, on Watch & Win Contest
Bob Leisy, BASF, Colorado weed resistance
Farmer Kip Culler on Africa
Chris Carrier, New Holland, talks PLM

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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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