March 30, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Chuck and Cindy took the GROWMARK Media Tour in central Illinois and learned more about one of our key sponsors.  You can find lots of photos from the event in their photo album.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What do you think is a fair "death tax" rate?" It is no surprise that common sense and fair thinking respondents said Zero - 66%; 35% over $5 million - 0% under (current) - 21%; Other - 8 % and 55% over $1 million - 0% under (pre 2001) - 5%. This really is one of the most unfair taxes we've got and in our opinion there should not be any tax on a person's estate after death. What are your thoughts?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Should ABC News be Liable for Job Losses due to Lean Beef Trimmings Story?" This is one of the worst examples of supposed "news" reporting we've seen lately. It shows how a desperate for ratings news network will not just distort facts but publish erroneous information. They have no credibility. However, a gullible public has embraced their misinformation. The result? Job layoffs for people with families to feed who were making a very safe and nutritious product. That's twisted. Do you think ABC News should be held liable? Should the media be held accountable for the financial impact inaccurate news stories have on jobs and businesses? Another likely outcome of this debacle will be higher beef prices. Nice, huh?

If for some reason you don't know what this is all about, here's a link to the ABC News story and here's where you can get the truth -

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

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

An ARC History Lesson With Don Lerch & Paul Weller

At the 2012 Agricultural Relations Council Annual Meeting, the first two members of the newly established Agricultural Public Relations Hall of Fame were inducted. Pictured below are Lyle Orwig, Charleston Orwig, (left) and Don Lerch, retired, with their awards. Before the award ceremony I visited with Don Lerch, who was a founding member of ARC and Paul Weller, Agri/Washington, who was the ARC Executive Secretary once upon a time. I'll share an interview with Lyle in a coming story post.  MORE  

In this post comparing farming "then" to farming "now", and in honor of the quickly approaching planting season, I interviewed my grandfather about his check-row planter that they used in the '30s. Back then, the typical farm size was 80-160 acres and they started planting corn around May 10th.  MORE 

BASF Personality Profile - Luke Bozeman

BASF Herbicide Technical Market Manager Luke Bozeman has only been with BASF Crop Protection for a short time now, but he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the company for helping growers get the most out of every acre.   MORE


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Could Double Gas Prices

A new study released today by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) indicates that a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states could result in doubling gasoline prices and other negative economic impacts.  MORE

More than 60 grassroots members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) are on Capitol Hill this week for the "Biofuels Beltway March" annual fly-in.   MORE 

Eight ethanol-advocating organizations joined together to champion the success of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in a letter to Congressional leaders this week.  MORE
PPMark  Precision Pays 

Why Certified Crop Specialists are So Special    

Dale Bermester with Gateway FS in Red Bud, Illinois has been an FS Certified Crop Specialist (CCS) for nearly a quarter of a century and nothing makes him happier every day than helping farmers be more profitableMORE


TeeJet AI3070 Dual Pattern Flat Spray Tip Introduced   

The new AI3070 spray tip from TeeJet Technologies provides thorough plant coverage with minimal spray drift. This spray tip utilizes a patent-pending design that provides two spray patterns at angles of 30º forward and 70º rearward. The leading pattern provides good penetration into the foliage while the trailing pattern provides thorough coverage of the upper crop canopy and grain head. The AI3070 incorporates air induction technology to minimize spray drift, while producing a large percentage of droplets in the medium to coarse category to maximize surface coverageMORE     

Looking for Grower Volunteers for Research Project   

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association are looking for corn growers to participate in a new research project.  MORE

World Dairy Diary      

Leslie Wins Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Ken Leslie, Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph for receiving the first-ever National Mastitis Council (NMC) Award of Excellence for Mastitis Prevention and Control.  MORE   

REAL Seal Now Under National Milk   

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will now manage the licensing and use of the REAL® Seal, one of the most iconic and recognizable product integrity logos used in the food industry, NMPF announced today.   MORE         

Neb. Dairy Honored    

The University of Nebraska Dairy Farm and a dairy farmer from Stromsburg have been honored with top awards from the state's dairy industry. The Philip H. Cole Memorial Awards singled out the University for the Distinguished Service Award, while Douglas Nuttelman received the Distinguished Dairyman Award. The honors were presented during the Nebraska Dairy Convention in Norfolk.   MORE          

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