March 16, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It's time to look ahead to the 2012 Agri-Marketing Conference, "Acres of Innovation."  ZimmComm will be taking up a very small portion of that acreage with a booth in the Connection Point once again.  We hope you'll stop by.  The conference is April 18-20 in Kansas City.  Get yourself registered!

We are looking for the right person (or people) to become a ZimmComm producer. The right person would be very self-motivated and passionate about agriculture, as well as having most or all of the following skills (listed in order of importance):

  • 1. Computer savvy - Mac or PC
  • 2. Flexible work schedule for on-site assignments
  • 3. Digital photography - composing, shooting, editing
  • 4. Audio production - conducting interviews, editing
  • 5. Short format writing skills
  • 6. Social Networking experience - Blog, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • 7. Video production (web style) - shooting, editing
  • 8. WordPress experience

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Is maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard more important to agriculture than the farm bill?" The statement was made during a recent meeting I attended that the Renewable Fuel Standard was more important to agriculture than the Farm Bill. In a show of how important it is 38% each of respondents said Yes and Both are important. Only 24% said No. What do you think? Many people seem to think the RFS only benefits corn/soybean growers but they don't take into account that all farmers receive benefit from lower fuel costs just like the general public.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Is "Organic" food healthier than "Conventional" food?" During Tuesday's AgChat this topic received a fair amount of discussion. Even though there is a USDA Certified Organic Program it appears that the term is not widely understood. We haven't seen any evidence that the public in general really cares that much either and are pretty sure that most would not want to pay more for food that has to conform to the certified standards. What do you think? We've already received feedback asking for definitions and saying that these aren't simple terms to ask a yes/no answer of.  Sorry but that's the way it is.  We believe one of the problems with this whole issue is a lack of common definitions that are accepted by everyone.  We want the poll to come from individual perceptions.  Should be interesting!

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

During Commodity Classic Pioneer Hi-Bred was talking about farmers getting FIT�. At first I thought this was a new exercise program but it is actually the Pioneer FIT� Harvest Mapping System. I got the full explanation from John Chism, Pioneer Senior Marketing Manager. He says FIT stands for Field Information Tool.  MORE  


When it comes to pathogens in swine, one plus one amounts to more than just two, according to Dr. Tom Painter, Director of Veterinary Health Services for Cargill Pork.  MORE 


The Expanding World of Hog Feed Choices

Once upon a time, commercial hog diets consisted mainly of corn and soybeans, but the menu has greatly expanded out of necessity since commodity prices increased a few years ago.   MORE


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

E85 Sales Set Iowa Record in 2011

E85 sales in Iowa reached an all-time high in 2011 exceeding more than 10.7 million gallons, representing a 15 percent increase over 2010 sales, according to the Iowa Department of Revenue. The increase occurred despite third and fourth quarter sales being down compared to the year prior.  MORE
Senate Defeats Renewable Incentives Amendments

As work on the Transportation Bill progressed in the Senate Tuesday, two amendments that would have extended tax incentives for renewable energy sources were defeated.   MORE 


DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol (DDCE) is hoping to start construction on a 27.5 million gallon cellulosic plant later this year, according to DDCE Global Business Director Steve Mirshak.  MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

Ag Day Activities in DC  

The annual commemoration of the importance of agriculture is traditionally celebrated on the first day of spring to recognize the start of planting season, but the event in the nation's capitol is held a little earlier in the month when Congress is in session so lawmakers can attend. This year the date was March 8 and the day in DC was packed full of activities, supported by agricultural organizations and attended by manyMORE


Case-IH AFS and New Holland PFS Software Users Convert to Ag Leader SMS Software Today 

Ag Leader Technology is offering current Case-IH AFS and New Holland PFS desktop software users the opportunity to convert to Ag Leader SMS desktop software. CNH AFS/PFS users that choose to convert will be assured continued SMS software updates and industry leading support directly from Ag Leader. Ag Leader and SMS will continue to support the CNH file formats and changes that occur with new display firmware releasesMORE


Podcast 2       

2012 Conservation in Action Tour in Mississippi  

The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) has announced their 2012 Conservation in Action Tour and it's going to be done "southern style" in the Mississippi Delta region.  MORE


World Dairy Diary      

New BOD Members Appointed to Expo

World Dairy Expo's Board of Directors approved five new members at their annual meeting. The board is composed of a variety of dairy business professionals from the United States and Canada. The new directors include: Buster Goff, Callum McKinven, Paula Bovre, Jim Crowley, Jr. and Kate VandenBosch.  MORE   

Kemps Acquires Cass-Clay  

Kemps has purchased the Cass-Clay brand and plant in Fargo, N.D. The previous owner AMPI announced the agreement.   MORE         

Western Dairy Challenge Results  

Sixty students from six western universities and one Canadian university competed in the seventh annual Western Regional Dairy Challenge March 1-3, 2012 in Visalia, Calif.    MORE          

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