April 20, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The 2012 Agri-Marketing Conference has been a fantastic one with near record attendance. We will have lots of stories and photos being posted onto AgWired over this weekend.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Where are best job opportunities in agribusiness?" Here's what our poll results showed. Most picked Biotech at 28% with Energy coming in second at 21%. They were followed by Agronomy at 17%, Sales/Marketing/Communications at 15%, Dairy at 7% and both Crop Protection and Equipment at 6% each.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Would you be willing to donate the proceeds from one acre of your farm to help your local food bank?" Let us know what you think and thanks to everyone who participates in our weekly poll!

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

National Ag Hall of Fame Season

It's actually called the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame which was "chartered by Congress to honor the American farmer." According to NACHOF Executive Director, Cathi Hahner, their season kicks off on April 19.  MORE  

BASF has started a blog, Farm Perspectives. They want to know what you think. We welcome them to the blogosphere! MORE

BASF Crop Protection Blog
BASF Crop Protection Blog "Farm Perspectives"

Farmers Fight

Stand up farmers and fight. If this video doesn't get you fired up and inspired then we may need to make sure you've still got a pulse. Farmers Fight has a great story to tell. Hopefully you'll pass it along. Oh, and that would then make you an "agvocate!".   MORE

Farmers Fight - Stand Up
Farmers Fight - Stand Up
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Sen. John Hoeven Discusses Domestic Fuels Act

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) hosted it's first ever Washington Legislative Forum this week and Senator John Hoeven took time to discuss the elements of the bipartisan Domestic Fuels Act that was released this past March. The discussion was timely as RFA recently released results of a poll showing that 58% of respondents were more likely to purchase fuels with higher domestic renewable fuel content, like E15, when available.  The Domestic Fuels Act is aimed at making it easier for retailers to offer consumers higher blends of ethanol.  MORE 
Ethanol Report on Support for Renewable Fuels


A new poll showing strong support for renewable fuels validates some of the most important ethanol industry legislative priorities - including maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), commercializing E15, providing incentives for the development of cellulosic ethanol, limiting tax incentives for the oil industry, and requiring automobile manufacturers to build cars that will run on fuel sources other than oil.   MORE


From premium diesel, gasoline and lubricants to propane, biodiesel and ethanol, the GROWMARK Energy Division continues to grow and offer high quality products to member cooperatives and the general public.   MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

What's Coming in SMS Basic/Advanced v12.0 From Ag Leader 

Ag Leader will soon be releasing SMS Basic/Advanced v12.0 and SMS Mobile v6.0. Here are a few of the items that will be included in this upcoming release.    MORE


New GROWMARK Fertilizer Facility  

The new GROWMARK dry and liquid plant food storage facility in Casey, Illinois is in business to serve farmers in the south central part of the state this spring.    MORE    


Podcast 2  

Introducing BASF Production Poll 

With the 2012 crop year now underway, we're introducing the BASF Production Poll. MORE

World Dairy Diary     


New Streamlines Feed Ingredient Purchases 

A new website,, is now available for feed manufacturers and livestock producers to save time and reduce costs when buying bulk feed ingredients.  MORE   

Future of Genetic Evaluations Discussed 

Dairy cattle genetic evaluations are part of a controversy involving transferring the evaluations from USDA to the private sector. Leaders from A.I. companies, breed associations, milk testing organizations, and other aligned sectors will gather to determine if they can compromise to forge an agreement.   MORE         

Milk Output Increased in Latest Outlook 

In the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report out last week, USDA increased the 2012 U.S. milk production estimate based on increased milk cow numbers and gains in milk per cow.   MORE          

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