ZimmNews – Nov 1, 2013

Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Chuck is on his annual deer hunt this week in Georgia for the inaugural Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt. Cindy has been following the Farm Bill conference committee this week and otherwise enjoying some downtime at ZimmComm World Headquarters. We’ll be back on the road soon!
Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Does farm size matter?” On Food Day, Oct. 24, 2013, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance hosted a panel, “Farm Size: Does It Really Matter?” at the State Room in Boston to discuss the differences and similarities between large and small farms, and how farm size and ownership affect consumers’ food-purchasing decisions. You can watch the full video here to see if the panelists agreed with what most of you thought: size doesn’t matter as long as it’s sustainable.
Our poll results:
· No, as long as sustainable – 38%
· No, all are needed – 35%
· Yes, it’s big vs. small – 15%
· Yes, bigger needed to feed growing population – 10%
· Other – 3%
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the biggest threat to getting the farm bill done?” Is nutrition the hang-up, or is it agriculture? Let us know!
Here’s some audio from this week you might have missed:
Farm bill conference quotes
Thad Simons, Novus International, at World Food Prize
Interview with author Alan Bjerga at Food Dialogue
Interview with farmer Jamie Cruz at Food Dialogue
Interview with GROWMARK’s Karen Jones at World Food Prize
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