June 8, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We're not counting miles this week.  Between Chuck in Indianapolis for the Corn Utilization Technology Conference, Cindy in Chicago with BASF and in Des Moines for World Pork Expo and Jamie in Minneapolis for the Fuel Ethanol Workshop, we've covered more than a few!  Now we get a short break to finish setting up the new ZimmComm World Headquarters in Cantonment, FL!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Is Atrazine lawsuit settlement good for farmers?" We posed this question after a lawsuit against Syngenta related to the herbicide was settled with an offer of over $100 million by the company, even thought there has been no evidence of harm in drinking water caused by the product and  the plaintiffs in the lawsuit acknowledged they had not commissioned any research on the subject or seen any new research to the contrary either.

Our poll results: Sixty percent said Yes, time to move on; twenty eight percent said No, still other challenges and twelve percent chose Other.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Do you prefer corn sugar to high fructose corn syrup?" Recently the FDA denied a request from the Corn Refiners Association to allow food labels to use the term corn sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Nutritionally, there is no difference in regular table sugar and HFCS so I don't see why FDA ruled like they did. There reasoning had to do with their definition of sugar as a crystalline solid. This is basically a public relations war over words since the "problem" with both substances is how much someone consumes. Nothing wrong with cane sugar or corn sugar in our opinion. We like them both. Apparently consumers like HFCS better according to this story. What do you think?

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network
 AgWired  AgWired     

Farmers Need to Stand Up and Advocate

Hopefully you're one of the thousands who have viewed the Farmers Fight - Stand Up video. I visited with the star of that video, Jasmine Dillon. Jasmine is a graduate student at Texas A&M University and part of the student led initiative called Farmers Fight.   MORE  


BASF Media Summit Concludes on High Note

What better way to conclude the world-class BASF Ag Media Summit in Chicago than with a trip to the top of tallest building in the Western hemisphere to look out over the city   MORE


Iowa Governor Visits Pork Expo

There is probably no governor in any state who is a greater advocate for agriculture than Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa.   MORE  




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DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Biodiesel Leaders Call on Congress and Administration

More than 120 biodiesel leaders are in Washington D.C. this week to call on Congress to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive and to urge the Obama Administration to quickly finalize the EPA's proposal to grow biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard next year.    MORE

The general session panel was a highlight for many Monday morning at the 28th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop. Tom Bryan, Vice President BBI International, served as the moderator for the group with panelists Mark Marquis, President and General Manager Marquis Energy Inc., Ray Defenbaugh, President and CEO Big River Resources, Randy Doyal, CEO Al-Corn Clean Fuels and Walt Wendland, President and CEO Golden Grain Energy.   MORE


Right after Growth Energy launched a new website featuring a Flex Fuel Finder application, I got to chat with Tom Buis, Growth Energy CEO, and Jeff Broin, Growth Energy Board Member and CEO of POET. They each expressed the positive impact RFS has had on the ethanol industry and the importance of keeping it implemented. Along that line they discussed what tools Growth Energy has put into place to educate the general consumer about E15 and Flex Fuel pumps.    MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays 

AgNerds Love Precision Agriculture 

We like new technology and we like our gadgets. We're called AgNerds. And AgNerds are pretty open to precision agriculture. John McKee is one of us. John is a farmer of corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat. He was a civil engineer prior to farming so precision ag has come natural to him. He was also one of the speakers on the Conservation in Action Tour. MORE


Precision Ag in a Conservation Plan 

During the 2012 Conservation in Action Tour the word "precision" came up multiple times. As precision ag continues to develop it is being seen as an effective tool for conservation plans and practices. One of our speakers addressed this subject. He's Terry Griffin, farmer and also VP, Applied Economics for new precision ag company, CrescoAg. MORE


Land Forming For Sustainable Water Conservation 

Last week I attended the 2012 Conservation in Action Tour courtesy of AGROTAIN. I'm going too share some of my stories here like this one with one of the speakers on the annual tour.  MORE


World Dairy Diary      

Leonard Speaks to Senate 

Fourth generation dairy farmer, Sarah Leonard, from Midland, VA, spoke at a Senate news conference today about the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the 2012 Farm Bill).   MORE   

Darigold Closing Plant 

Darigold, Inc. is closing its Salt Lake City milk processing plant by the end of July, laying off 96 employees.   MORE          

Holstein Convention News 

The National Holstein Convention is set for June 27-30, 2012 in Springfield, Mo. MORE 

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