October 28, 2011
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It's pheasant season so you know where Chuck is this weekend. We're pretty sure he'll be sharing some photos. Remember you can follow him on Twitter too: @AgriBlogger.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Are Farm Show Smartphone Apps Helpful?" Although 55% said they had Never used one, 27% said Yes and only 18% said no. These results probably reflect the fact that these apps are new. We've used several during the course of the year and some are more helpful than others. One of the useful features is being able to open a show map to find where you're located and where you want to go to find a particular exhibitor. Have you used any of these apps? What did you like or wish was different about the ones you used?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live. We're asking the question,"How do you view the new free trade agreements for U.S. ag?" President Obama signed legislation last Friday implementing free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. These agreements were supported by most agricultural member organizations. What do you think? Take our poll and feel free to comment. Thank you.

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
AgWired  AgWired   

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack chose the John Deere Des Moines Works facility to talk about his priorities for the 2012 Farm Bill, which he says is really a misnomer.

 Engle Creative Solutions

What's new in the world of agricultural marketing is Engle Creative Solutions, LLC. This morning I visited with Steve Engle, President. This is another episode in my informal series of interviews with the leadership of agricultural marketing agencies.  MORE


 GROWMARK Offers Grain Bin Safety Tips

Every year there are dozens of grain bin accidents reported across the Corn Belt, with far too many ending in fatalities.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

American Ethanol Car to Race at Martinsville

American Ethanol will be in the spotlight at the Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend in Virginia.  MORE 

USDA Report Shows Value of Ethanol Co-Product 

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report finds that the ethanol co-product known as distillers grains or DDGS is replacing even more corn and soybean meal in livestock and poultry feed rations than previously thought.  MORE   

 Event to Promote Open Fuel Standard Act  

Ethanol and other alternative fuel industry leaders will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday to urge Congress to an Open Fuel Standard (OFS).  MORE  
PPMark  Precision Pays 

FS PARTNERS Uses QR Codes in the Field

Let's say you're driving down the road and you see an obvious test plot with some pretty darn good looking corn and you want to know why it looks so much better than yours. Chances are you never really have gotten the answer to what varieties or practices the grower might be testing that you could try yourself.  MORE


LightSquared Wireless Broadband - A Detriment to Rural America? 

Rick Greene, Precision Agronomy Manager for MFA Incorporated in Columbia, Mo., an Ag Leader Blue Delta Dealer, recently spoke at a Congressional Hearing in Washington, D.C. about preserving the integrity of GPS systems. MORE


Podcast 2 

Ag Leader Releases SMS Version 11.5 

Ag Leader Technology recently released Version 11.5 of the SMS Desktop Software, which offers many new features and benefits to help improve the operation and interface of the software. Whether it is data from planting, fertilizing, spraying, harvest or guidance, SMS houses and organizes the data for easy access. Ag Leader has also released Mobile SMS Version 5.5. MORE


Podcast 2

Podcast 3

Podcast 4 

World Dairy Diary    

Congratulations to Leprino Foods Co. for being named the Tom Camerlo Exporter of the Year by Dairy Foods. MORE  

Wisconsin Group Opposes Security Act 


The Wisconsin Dairy Business Association and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association have re-affirmed their opposition to U.S. House bill H.R. 3062, the Dairy Security ActMORE  

Idaho Dairymen Award 15 Scholarships

Congratulations to the 15 students who were awarded $1,500 scholarships from the United Dairymen of Idaho (UDI) and its two branches - the Idaho Dairy Products Commission and the Idaho Dairymen's Association.  MORE

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