May 4, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck attended this week's Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit where the organization celebrated 25 years.  You can find his coverage on AgWired and photos here.  Thanks to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the United Soybean Board for making his coverage possible.

Over the next two weeks the ZimmComm team will be very busy but not like you might first guess.  It's ZimmComm World Headquarters relocation time!  Yes, we're moving.  From central Missouri to Florida!  Chuck and Cindy are from  the Sunshine State and although they love the Show Me State the time is right.  So, over the next couple weeks the team will be packing and moving.  You may not even notice but maybe you will.  And by the way, this doesn't mean any changes to ZimmComm New Media as you know it.  We'll just be closer to the beach and to an airport!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "With all of the discussion on projected corn acres this year, how many acres of corn do you expect to plant this year?" A full third of respondents said More than 2,000 acres. That was followed by less than 200 acres at 27%; 200-500 acres at 23%; 1,501-2,000 at 7%; 1,001-1,500 at 7% and 501-1,000 at 3%. Looks like we have a wide cross section of corn growers in the ZimmComm News Network community!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Should raw milk be allowed for sale?" This week's question is prompted by one of the panelists at the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. She is a reporter with a food safety publication who says that this issue is the one that gets the most comments and response of any other. Seems people get pretty passionate about their beliefs when it comes to milk. Raw milk is still the suspect in an E. Coli breakout with 14 confirmed cases in central Missouri that put a couple of people in the hospital. What do you think?

Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:

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

Becoming Authentically Agriculture 

Let's talk "Authentically Agriculture" with Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters and founder of the weekly AgChat Twitter conversation. Michele was a presenter at the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit. Michele says her presentation title means "that agriculture really needs to do a better job of connecting on a human level."  MORE

One of the new offerings from New Holland featured at last week's Mega Media event was the MegaCutter™.  MORE


New Holland MegaCutter
New Holland MegaCutter
Building Relationships With Consumers

The moderator for the 2012 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit was Tom Steever, Brownfield, who is currently the President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Tom was also one of our presenters so it was interesting seeing him introduce himself, speak, thank himself and then present himself with the AAA coffee mug token of appreciation. It was also hilarious. Tom took over moderating duties for Tom Brand, NAFB, Executive Director, who could not attend due to a family emergency.   MORE


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Ag Secretary Urges Oil Companies to Accept E15

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack today urged petroleum companies to increase adoption of 15% ethanol blended gasoline (E15) to help decrease reliance on foreign oil.   MORE 

Biodiesel Showcased During 2012 Living Green Expo    


Biodiesel will be showcased at the 2012 Living Green Expo May 5-6 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. During the expo, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSRPC) is sponsoring the Biodiesel Lounge, located in the Education Building. The exhibit will showcase how biodiesel supports local economies, cleaner air, engine life and energy security.   MORE 

 The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on Congress this week to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive "to avoid further disruption to an emerging American industry that is creating jobs across the country while diversifying U.S. energy supplies."   MORE
PPMark  Precision Pays 

Novariant Announces the Appointment of New CEO 

Novariant, a leading provider of precision steering products for the agricultural market, announces the appointment of Dave Vaughn as Chief Executive Officer. Novariant's former CEO, Chris Ragot, will continue in his current role as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.  MORE

Monitor 2012 Corn Rootworm Hatch with Enhanced Online Insect Forecast Tool 

JOver the past two seasons, farmers across the Corn Belt have participated in an online, early warning system tool to monitor above ground pests that could threaten their corn yields. For 2012, this sophisticated program, known as the Insect Forecast tool, has been enhanced to track another economically damaging pest - corn rootworm - as well as to offer farmers expanded online and mobile access.  MORE 

Ag Groups Testify on Conservation

Several farm organizations provided input last week on USDA conservation programs in the 2012 Farm Bill.MORE

World Dairy Diary      


Jersey Announces Annual Meeting Speakers    


Featured speakers for the 2012 Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. will be Dana H. Coale, Deputy Administrator for AMS Dairy Programs, USDA, and Roger A. Cady, Ph.D., Senior Technical Advisor and Sustainability Lead on the Elanco Food Industry & Consumer Affairs team. The meetings will be held at the North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H., from June 27 through 30.  MORE 


NMC to Hold Regional Meeting 

The National Mastitis Council invites dairy enthusiasts to attend its Regional Meeting celebrating another year of dedication to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality.   MORE         

Duncan-Goldsmith Wins Service Award 

Congratulations to Diane Duncan-Goldsmith, who was awarded the Midwest Dairy Council Service Award by the Iowa Dairy Nutrition Advisory Committee. The Dairy Council Service Award is given annually to a person who is committed to dairy nutrition education.   MORE 

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