November 18, 2011

Hello ZimmComm Fans: 

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving Day week in advance. Feel free to add your #FoodThanks thoughts to the online conversation taking place right now.

During the last year we've conducted an informal series of interviews with leadership at agricultural marketing agencies. In case you missed them we thought we'd provide you with a list. If your agency isn't on the list feel free to contact Chuck or Dave to arrange for an interview. In fact, if your agency is looking at how to market its brand in 2012, now is the time to contact them for proposals to utilize the AgWired community to achieve your goals. The same goes for you ag media companies as well as agribusinesses and farm member organizations. Leverage our community to help you promote your brand!

Here's that list:

It looks like there are a lot of Ron Paul supporters out there. In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question,"Which Republican candidate for President is best for ag?" The big leader was Ron Paul at 41% followed by Newt Gingrich, 16%; Herman Cain, 13%; Rick Perry, 8%; Rick Perry, 8%; Mitt Romney, 7%; Jon Huntsman, 6%; Michele Bachmann, 5%; Gary Johnson, 3% and Rick Santorum, 2%. Does this surprise you?
Our new ZimmPoll is now live. We're asking the question,"Will higher cost (13%) of Thanksgiving dinner affect your meal?" The increased cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal comes from an announcement by the American Farm Bureau Federation last week.

AFBF's 26th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.20, a $5.73 price increase from last year's average of $43.47. 
You can find the announcement here.
Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
AgWired  AgWired   

Meet New NAMA President

If you don't know our new National Agri-Marketing Association President then give this week's program a listen. I visited with Beth Burgy, Broadhead, who took over the helm at NAMA during the Trends in Agriculture conference. MORE


John Deere Combine Can Sculpture Revealed

Well, John Deere has finished the sculpture for Project "Can Do." This farm scene with an S-Series combine harvesting a field of corn needed approximately 323,000 cans of food to complete. The finalized sculpture was revealed at an event today at the John Deere Pavilion. MORE  



Our friends with BASF Crop Protection were very busy at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk last week and rightly so, since they had plenty of new information to share with farmers.  MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Bachmann Urged to Clarify Stand on RFS

With presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in Iowa this week, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has urged her to clarify where she stands on the federal renewable fuels standard (RFS).  MORE 

Looking At Trends In Alternative Energy

During the National Agri-Marketing Association's Trends in Agriculture Conference, held last week in Kansas City, we had a session that focused on "Trends In Energy/Alternative Fuels" which featured Nathan Schock, POET & Matt Roberts, PhD. Pictured is Matt who is an Associate Professor of Ag Economics at Ohio State University.  MORE
SIGMA Joins Coaltion for E85  
The Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) has officially joined the Coalition for E85 in the effort to have 85 percent ethanol designated as an alternative fuel under the tax code.  MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

USDA to Conduct Chesapeake Bay Conservation Survey

USDA is conducting a survey for the 2011 National Resources Inventory (NRI) - Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) to collect information from producers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed about farming and conservation practices on cultivated cropland. The information gathered from the survey will help USDA improve and strengthen technical and financial programs that help private landowners plan and adopt on-farm conservation practices.  MORE

Case IH Expands & Improves Precision Farming Offerings 

 Case IH will expand its Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) precision farming offering by introducing a new GPS receiver and new variable-rate controller and telematics systems and AFS software. Earlier this week at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, Case IH unveiled an expanded AFS software package, AccuControl rate controller technology, the AFS 372 receiver and AFS Connect telematics.  MORE 

Record Number of Exhibitors at Agritechnica 2011  

More than 2,700 exhibitors from 48 countries are at the huge international agricultural show, which is held every two years and organized by DLG - the German Agricultural SocietyMORE 

World Dairy Diary    


The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Conference Committee has scheduled another great lineup of speakers and presenters, for the 2012 Dairy Calf & Heifer Conference, March 20-21, in Visalia, Calif. Online registration will open Jan. 9, 2012.   MORE 

Dairy Checkoff Drives Innovation    

At the Joint Annual Meeting of dairy-farmer funded promotion groups in San Diego this week, one focus was on Innovation - and the progress of a 3-year old effort to bring the dairy industry together to solve common challenges.  MORE


Dairy Checkoff Drives Innovation 


At the Joint Annual Meeting of dairy-farmer funded promotion groups in San Diego this week, one focus was on Innovation - and the progress of a 3-year old effort to bring the dairy industry together to solve common challenges.  MORE        

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