It's back to the agriblogging highway for the ZimmComm team this week. Chuck started off by attending the AgChat Foundation planning and board meeting in Milwaukee. It's hard to believe that over two years have passed since farmers started communicating weekly via an online Twitter chat session. The Foundation is going on two years old itself and has plans to continue to grow and help engage more and more farmers in the online conversation so they can tell their own story. If your company or organization would like to become involved or assist financially please let Chuck know.
From Milwaukee Chuck travelled to Chicago for the Boehringer Ingelheim PRRS ARC&E Seminar. This annual seminar takes place just prior to the International PRRS Symposium. The theme of BIVI's seminar this year is "Change the Game." Eliminating or at least controlling this swine disease is the end goal and progress is being made. Chuck took photos and conducted interviews for BIVI with many of them being posted onto AgWired.
It looks like Facebook is still the big dog with this community. In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question,"Do you use Facebook or Google+?" 50% of you said Facebook while only 7% said Google+. However, 20% said Both while 23% said Neither. Interesting. Looks like Google+ has a ways to go.
Our new ZimmPoll is now live. We're asking the question,"With net farm income up this year, how is your income?" USDA's Economic Research Service released it's Net Farm Income Forecastupdate yesterday showing a 28% increase over 2010. The report also states, "Net cash income, at $109.8 billion, is forecast up $17.5 billion (18.9 percent) from 2010, and $34.2 billion above its 10-year average (2001-2010) of $75.6 billion." Wow. How about you? How's your income doing this year compared to last?
Here are some interviews from this week that you might have missed:
The Iowa Corn Caucus released its report card for presidential candidates today, giving grades for different policy areas related to agriculture, including energy and biofuels, and an overall grade for each candidate. MORE
Congratulations Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) for having five their cheese products earned recognition at the 2011 National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Championship Cheese Contest. The competition was held in conjunction with NMPF's joint annual meeting with National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and United Dairy Industry Association! MORE