ZimmNews – March 22, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Happy Ag Day Week and the start of spring. Sorry so many of you still have cold and winter weather. Must be that global cooling thing!
This week Chuck went to National Ag Day activities in Washington, DC, courtesy of the American Seed Trade Association and BCS Communications. He got some great photos and still has more story posts to share on AgWired. The ZimmComm team gets a break from the agriblogging highway until the annual Agri-Marketing Conference which will be in Kansas City, MO this year. We’ll have some news to share there and hope to see many of you.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Have you recently purchased a gun?”
Our poll results: Thirty-three percent said Yes, Already Own Guns while twenty-nine percent said No, Don’t Own Any. Nineteen percent said No, Have Enough, Eleven percent said Planning To, five percent said Yes, First Gun Purchase, and three percent said Other. Looks like most of you have one or more guns. Let’s hope that ammo for those guns becomes available again soon! Right now it’s very difficult to find any and we all know that to be proficient in using a gun, it takes practice/practice/practice.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you support continuing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)?” The Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, program, was first created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. It was expanded in 2007 and increased the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022. The program includes ethanol, biodiesel and advanced biofuels with the goal of helping America become less dependent on foreign petroleum.
The RFS continues to be challenged by the oil industry, some livestock and poultry interests and food retailers for various reasons but the biofuels industry contends the program is working as intended and has resulted in lower imports of foreign oil. What do you think?
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week on our websites:
Dr. Gary Fellows on performance of BASF Crop Protection Priaxor
Whitney Bowman, Ag Day written essay contest winner reads her essay
Leigh Ann Cleaver & Kelly Schwalbe talk about Ag Day and BCS Communications
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Ag Day remarks
Congressman Frank Lucas talks about Ag Day and farm bill
USFRA Ag Day Educational Session on New Language of Food & Modern Agriculture
AgFanatics – Listen and learn
Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics Ag Day Session
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