ZimmNews – May 24, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We’re wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and want to thank all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in the military.
This week ZimmComm summer intern Maggie Seiler, KSU, went on-location to start agriblogging the Alltech International Symposium. Maggie is off to an impressive start! She’ll be working with Cindy next at the American Seed Trade Association Annual Convention in Nashville. You can find Chuck and Maggie’s Alltech photos here.
During the Alltech Symposium Chuck had his first photo upload of the week interrupted by the Flickr changeover to their new design. We’re curious what you think about the new look. It has bigger thumbnails and now allows us to upload photos at full resolution. This means when you choose to download the original version of any of our photos you’ll be getting the “master” of the .jpg file! We get lots of requests for photo masters and now you can easily download them direct from our Flickr sets. BTW. We’ve got almost 92,000 photos in there with almost 4.4 million views to date! We love taking and sharing photos!
With all the farm bill activity in Congress this past week, our latest ZimmPoll asked “What’s your opinion of committee farm bill?” From the results, most think it’s better than nothing.
Our poll results: 18% said Better Than Nothing and Other, 14% said Hits Nutrition Too Hard and Bad For Everyone, nine percent said Senate Better Than House, Bad For Farmers, Will Help Conservation and Great For Everyone, and nobody said House Better Than Senate. Poll results are all over the charts this week with mixed reviews and disagreement with particular sections of the farm bill.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is agriculture doing a bad job of marketing?” Marketing is key to a successful business or industry. The public often gets a bad taste for agriculture after “issues” hit the media. Do we cover our tracks and market the good along with the benefits to agriculture, not to mention the must haves of it? Let us know.
Here are some interviews and other audio files you might have missed this week:
Dr. Patrick Wall, University College Dublin, on the New Reality
Rebecca Timmons, Alltech, on the Algae Opportunity
AMI statement on USDA COOL decision
Carl Chaney, Chaney’s Dairy Barn, on marketing their products
Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech, on his vision of 2020
Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech, wraps up 2013 Alltech Symposium
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