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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