ZimmNews – Jan 17, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Chuck got back on the agriblogging highway this week – and while he was covering the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, he got word that youngest daughter Caitlin gave birth to a beautiful boy, making him and Cindy grandparents for the first time. Cruz Alexander Underwood was born on January 14, at 7’5″ and 20 inches. They flew up to Missouri as soon as possible and saw baby Cruz by the time he was just 36 hours old and have been there ever since. If you’re friends with them on FB or follow on Twitter you already know this.
Getting back to the AFBF annual convention, Chuck got lots of great photos and interviews and created quite a buzz using ZimmGlass (his name for his Google Glass) to shoot video interviews and share photos. He’s using the device to see how it fits into an agricultural media work flow and writing a series of articles about it on AgWired. It’s called The ZimmGlass Project. Perhaps your company or organization would be interested in sponsoring the project? He’d be happy to discuss. Part of that deal would include a presentation on Glass at your meeting or event!
We hope you’ve warmed up after the Polar Vortex (PV) attack. With all the news coverage you’d have thought we were living “The Day After Tomorrow” movie. Environmental and man made global warming activists must have thought they were watching the news when they watched that one. LOL!
But we want to know how the PV affected you. This week’s New Holland-sponsored ZimmPoll question is “How did the ‘Polar Vortex’ affect you?” Please let us know.
Our AgWired App is available for free and we’re seeking new sponsors for it. Much thanks to iCropTrak for being our latest sponsor. The app is installed on approximately 8,000 devices and last we checked they use the app an average of almost 2x/day. That’s pretty high btw. Just let Dave or Chuck know if you’re interested.
Here are some interviews and audio you might have missed this week:
Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director of Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University, on AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative
James Wesley, Recording Artist
Jake Carter, Georgia, new AFBF YF&R Chair
Bob Stallman, AFBF President, Closing Press Conference
John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President, on grass roots policy process & Florida priorities
Bob Haselwood, Kansas soybean farmer & Vice Chairman, USB
Randy Krotz, USFRA
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack AFBF speech
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