May 18, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The team is now working from the new ZimmComm World Headquarters location.  However, they've still got some work to do getting everything set up.  Hopefully the dust will clear by end of the coming week.

Chuck is getting ready to attend the Alltech Annual International Symposium, Face a World of Challenges and Opportunities.  Dr. Lyons and his team will be looking into the future once again and Chuck will be covering the action on AgWired.  Helping him will be the newest member of the ZimmComm team, Jamie Johansen.  We'll introduce you to Jamie next week online.  Some of you may have met her in our booth at the recent Agri-Marketing Conference.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "When was the last time you talked to a journalist about agriculture?" The question was inspired by an AgChat Twitter conversation question that had been submitted by @BASFAgro! We're supposed to stand up for our industry and livelihoods that are threatened by lots of misinformation that gets spread by the media. What are we doing about it? How are we speaking out? Are we willing to develop a relationship with the reporters at our local mainstream media outlets (newspaper/radio/tv/web)?

Here are the results, 50% said Recently (I do frequently). Wow. Keep it up. But 22% said Never (Waste of time) and just over 9%/each said, Recently (I rarely do); Long time ago; Never (I will now though).

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Who should be responsible for child nutrition?" This question was inspired by last night's FoodChat Twitter conversation. We appreciate the school lunch program and what USDA thinks it is accomplishing by creating rules but somehow it doesn't sit right with us. There would be no need for this if parents would take some personal responsibility for themselves and their children. More and more government control of our lives just won't work in the long run. At least that's our opinion. What's yours?

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

LightSquared Implements Voluntary Chapter 11 Restructuring

LightSquared announced that it commenced voluntarily reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to give it time to resolve regulatory issues that have prevented it from building its coast-to-coast integrated satellite 4G wireless network.   MORE

Mixed Results on Controlling Resistant Weeds

The nation's 100 largest agriculture cooperatives reported near-record revenue of $118 billion in 2010, announced USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager. This was an increase of 4 percent over 2009 figures. Net income for the 100 top agriculture co-ops was also up more than 10 percent in 2010, reaching $2.39 billion, up from $2.16 billion in 2009.   MORE

USDA Celebrates 150 Years Live

As a multi-state agricultural co-operative system with over 6000 employees and numerous brands, information technology (IT) is a vital aspect of GROWMARK's ability to communicate on a number of levels.    MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

API Says EPA Jumped the Gun on E15

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has publicly said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jumped the gun on giving approval for the use of E15. Jack Gerard, President and CEO of API told reporters that testing by the Coordinating Research Council showed that use of E15 - gasoline with 15 percent ethanol - could harm car and truck engines, potentially affecting millions of cars and trucks.    MORE

 The Iowa State University professor who co-authored a new study on ethanol and gasoline prices released this week says the impact of the growing use of the domestically-produced fuel is significant.   MORE

An update to a 2009 report from the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) on the impact of ethanol on domestic gasoline prices was released today, showing that ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by $1.09 per gallon nationally last year. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says this peer-reviewed study shows how ethanol is keeping gas prices lower than they might otherwise be.   MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

LightSquared Implements Voluntary Chapter 11 Restructuring 

LightSquared announced that it commenced voluntarily reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to give it time to resolve regulatory issues that have prevented it from building its coast-to-coast integrated satellite 4G wireless network.    MORE

Hemisphere GPS Launches AgJunction Mobile 

Hemisphere GPS announced the new AgJunction Mobile for iOS, an enhancement to AgJunction, its precision agriculture data services platform.  MORE 

Value of Data: Ag Leader Goes to Oregon 

Last month, Ag Leader Software Support Specialist Luke James, traveled to the Willamette Valley in west central Oregon to talk about the value of data. The Willamette Valley is known as the grass seed capital of the world. According to the Oregon Seed Council, about 500,000 acres of the grass seed are grown in Oregon and nearly 90 percent of that is grown in the Willamette ValleyMORE

World Dairy Diary      

Order a Domino's Pizza This Weekend! 

Love pizza and farming? Then you need to be part of the movement to thank Domino's Pizza for their support of agriculture. This weekend, May 18-20, order a pizza from your local Domino's and present them with a thank you note.   MORE   


Flower Named Star of the Breed 

Congratulation to Hazel-Bush Flap Flower, the newest Holstein Association USA's Star of the Breed.   MORE         

Pa. to Host Farm Open Houses 

The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence has announced the dates for this summer's "Open House and Dairy Tours."   MORE 

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