January 20, 2012

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Next up on the agriblogging highway for the ZimmComm team is the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and International Poultry Expo. Follow along on AgWired and Domestic Fuel!

In our latest ZimmPoll we asked the question "Do you think there is currently an "Ag Bubble?" It looks like most think so since 66% said Yes and 34% said No. That's kind of a pessimistic outlook don't you think? If you think we're in a bubble please feel free to comment on why. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live. We're asking the question, "How will proposed changes to child labor in agriculture regulations affect farms?" Last fall the Department of Labor proposed changes that many believe could have major impacts on family farms and farm life (proposed rule - pdf). At best it seems like there are some good intentions without careful consideration of the consequences and then there's always that "how does the Dept. of Labor interpret the rules thing." A public comment period ended on December 1, 2011.

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

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

Make Learning Mobile With Float

In this week's program we're going to use the M word, as in Mobile, as in Float Mobile Learning. I just had a conversation with Chad Udell, Managing Director, about mobile learning technology and what that means for today's agribusiness customers. MORE 


Social Media is a Great Tool for Cooperatives

It has never been easier for cooperatives to reach out to members and potential members than it is these days with social media. MORE


Florida NAMA Meets USFRA

Cindy and I are nearing the end of vacation (working) time in Florida but are too far away from Orlando to attend today's Florida NAMA chapter meeting. But thanks to Gary Cooper's, Southeast AgNet, iPhone we did get a picture to share. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

USDA Launches Clean Energy Website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week launched a new energy website to provide quick access to the agency's energy efficiency and renewable energy dataMORE
Domestic Alternative Fuels Act Introduced 

U.S. Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow ethanol "produced from domestic fossil fuels other than petroleum" to qualify under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2).  MORE

New E85 Blender Pump Available in Arcadia, Neb.

This E85 blender pump is one of approximately 60 in Nebraska to offer the renewable fuel, ethanol. This station will offer unleaded, E10 and other mid-level ethanol blends including E85 and diesel. Trotter Service in Arcadia is a full service station, according to the Nebraska Ethanol Board and the Nebraska Corn Board.  MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

Fine-Tuning Precision Agriculture

Last week, we heard from Todd Reed, farmer from Waverly, Neb., who works as a precision ag consultant for his family's dryland corn and soybean farm. He spends his days writing variable rate planting prescriptions and fertilizer prescriptions using Ag Leader's SMS SoftwareMORE

Podcast 2 

AgriVisor Offers Risk Management Check-Ups

Farmers around Illinois who are interested in receiving a "check-up" on their risk management plans are invited to attend one of three upcoming meetings, sponsored by AgriVisor and COUNTRY Financial.  MORE

Trimble Partners With Great American Insurance Group to Automate Crop Reporting  

Trimble announced a strategic alliance with Great American Insurance Group to help farmers automate their crop insurance reporting under the USDA Federal Crop Insurance Program. The new recordkeeping system makes it possible for Farm Works™ users to submit their crop insurance records electronically to Great American Insurance Group. The time-saving solution makes it simple for farmers to transfer planting and harvest data directly to the Great American Insurance Group systems from their Farm Works Mapping software. MORE 

World Dairy Diary      

The Seventh Annual I-29 Dairy Conference coming up Feb. 8 and 9 in Sioux Falls will Focus on Global Dairy Issues under the theme, "Now and in the Future."  MORE 

Nebraska Dairy Convention  

The 2012 Nebraska Dairy Convention, "The Future...Is Now," will open at 10 a.m., March 13, and is free to all Nebraska dairy producers, families and guests. Attendee and sponsorship registration forms are available online. The deadline to register is March 2MORE        

Funding Available to Increase Energy Efficiency  

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® - established by dairy producers in 2008 to foster industry-wide innovation and efficiencies - urges dairy producers interested in cutting on-farm energy costs to contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. Funding is available right now to help producers address on-farm energy use and increase efficiency.   MORE        
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