January 27, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team was out and about this week with Chuck covering the International Poultry Expo (photos) and Cindy doing duty at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit (photos).  They hit the road again next week for Nashville and the Cattle Industry Convention.

We haven't mentioned our AgNewsWire service recently but thought we'd bring it back to your attention.  We started this service as Talking News Releases almost eight years ago and it's still going strong.  Our idea then was to include sound bites with your releases for the broadcasters or web casters who wanted them but sometimes had difficulty reaching your representatives or were on quick deadline.  Our database of agricultural editors has continued to grow and develop with additions from client agencies and our own efforts to keep it current and updated.  We keep it real simple.  Send us your release and we send it out for a very fair price.  If you want to include multimedia files like audio sound bites we can record them for you and include links to them within the release.  We're simple and quick and offer package discounts if you order more than one.  Just email Chuck or Cindy with questions or just send your release and send date and consider it done!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked a very timely question since it's on a topic that is the subject of a cover story on USA Today. We asked, "How will proposed changes to child labor in agriculture regulations affect farms?" Seventy percent said Negatively, seventeen percent said No Effect and only thirteen percent said Positively.

You may know that last fall the Department of Labor proposed changes that many believe could have major impacts on family farms and farm life (proposed rule - pdf). This is just another example of unnecessary government intrusion in private business and lives in my opinion. We don't need it but . . . as if the government knows better. Riiight. You can find out more from this DOL early news release.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Do you agree with President Obama's call for more clean (renewable) energy?" Let us know what you think. He definitely issued a call during his State of the Union speech last night. Here's an excerpt:

We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that's rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that's never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.

Here are some interviews that you may have missed this week:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
AgWired  AgWired   

Expert Opinion Via Social Media

Events started taking place today for IPE Week in Atlanta and Novus International got their schedule started with a presentation titled, "Like It: Consumers want to hear your expert opinion." The session was conducted by David Armano, Executive Vice President - Global Innovation & Integration. His focus was on "how cutting edge research influences the everyday consumer via social media." MORE 


Revived Renewable Fuels

While I'm attending IPE Week, Cindy is at today's Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit. Most of her coverage can be found on Domestic Fuel. Just thought I'd share this first story with you. . . MORE


New Holland Jay Leno Boomer Tractor Sells For $535,000

Tonight on Speed Channel, Jay Leno and his former New Holland Boomer Tractor took a last ride at the Barret-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The tractor has been working in his garage for years and became known as Lil Tug since it was used to pull his vehicles around among other chores. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

How to Turn Oil into Salt

The idea of turning oil into salt may sound like something that should be done in a science lab but Dr. Gal Luft says it's something that Congress can do with a simple piece of legislation.  MORE


Podcast 2
Iowa Governor Proud of Renewable Fuels Leadership 

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is proud of his state's leadership in the renewable fuels industry.  MORE

Obama Calls for End to Oil Subsidies

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama voiced strong support for renewable energy and an end to oil subsidies.  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 

Where to Find Ag Leader in February 

Are you interested in getting the latest information about precision ag equipment? If so, here are a few stops you might want to schedule this winter in order to talk with Ag Leader experts. . .  MORE        

Precision Panel at Commodity Classic 

The latest in precision farming technology and techniques are always part of the annual Commodity Classic and this year is no exception. MORE 

World Dairy Diary      

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is pleased with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's updated school meal standards that continue to stress the nutritional benefits of low-fat and fat-free milk and dairy products.  MORE 

Sweetwater Valley Farm Honored 

Congratulations to Sweetwater Valley Farm of Philadelphia, Tenn., for being named the 2012 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year during a ceremony held at the International Dairy Foods Association's Dairy Forum in La Quinta, Calif.   MORE         

Fuel Up to Play 60 for the Super Bowl 

Whether you like the Patriots or the Giants - or neither one - Super Bowl time is a great opportunity to highlight the powerful partnership that dairy farmers, through their checkoff program, have forged with the National Football League.   MORE         
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