June 15, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

A big congratulations to the AgChat Foundation for Thursday's Twive and Receive event.  And a big thank you goes out to the 78 Twivers who gave a total of $6,830 in the one day event.  The Foundation placed 12th on the list of hundreds of participating charities.  This event was successful because of the highly motivated and active AgChat community of farmers and others involved in agribusiness.  It wouldn't have happened or been coordinated so well without the work of staff members Emily Zweber, Executive Director, and Jenny Schweigert, Communications Assistant!

The ZimmComm team has been enjoying a break from the agriblogging highway.  New ZimmComm World Headquarters are becoming more settled and the team is busy making travel plans for a summer full of on the road action.  Got us in your plans?

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do you prefer corn sugar to high fructose corn syrup?" In what is a first for our poll, the response was split evenly! See the chart below.

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 we don't see why FDA ruled like they did. Their 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 either cane or corn sugar is how much someone consumes. Nothing wrong with cane sugar or corn sugar, regardless what you call it, in our opinion. We like them both. Apparently consumers like HFCS better according to this story. What do you think?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Does your business have an interest in Pinterest?" This online pinboard is now being used by political campaigns to target key demographics. Even President Obama's wife is using it! Seems like there might be some good reason for agribusinesses, farm and food groups to start pinning away. 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     

It's time to wrap up my coverage of the 2012 Conservation in Action Tour. To do so I'm sharing a couple of interviews I did at the end of the tour.   MORE  


Looking at the Future of Farmers

How the world's farmers will handle feeding the projected 9 billion people the earth is expected to have by 2050 ... and where those farmers to feed that hoard will come from ... was the subject of a presentation to the BASF Agricultural Solutions Media Summit in Chicago last week.   MORE


World Faces Economic, Not Caloric, Famine

Farmers of the world are producing enough food to meet the demands of wiping out all hunger in the world. But hunger still exists. Why? Dr. Chris Mallett, Corporate VP of Research and Development for Cargill explains it's a case of economic, not caloric, famine.   MORE  


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

IRFA to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Although ethanol has been used in Iowa for many decades, an Iowa-focused organization dedicated to the use of renewable fuels didn't begin until 2002 - The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). To celebrate the 10 year milestone,  IRFA is hosting an event coinciding with the 34th anniversary of the first retail sale of E10, which just so happened to take place in Iowa. Today, through its educational and promotional efforts, IRFA has helped the state more than double its use of biodiesel and ethanol.    MORE

Propane continues to show its versatility and ability to step up as a mainline automobile fuel during the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program's latest stop during this year's roadshow appearance at the Maryland International Speedway in Mechanicsville.  MORE 

It won't be long before mechanics across the U.S. know all about biodiesel. The National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) has awarded the Automotive Service Excellence accreditation to NBB Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians curriculum. The curriculum was created to provide technically sound information to mechanics about biodiesel and eliminate misperceptions.    MORE  
PPMark  Precision Pays 

Award of Excellence Winners Announced 

Three outstanding individuals have been chosen to receive the 2012 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence, an annual program honoring exceptional achievement in precision agriculture adoption, use, and education. The awards are sponsored by the PrecisionAg Institute and its supporting partners. This sixth class of recipients included for the first time a grower from outside the United States. Below is the 2012 class of recipients. MORE

Program For International Conference on Precision Agriculture 

The International Society of Precision Agriculture just announced that the program is available for the upcoming 2012 International Conference on Precision Agriculture. This 11th edition of the conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Indianapolis, IN. MORE 

Crop Insurance Reporting with SMS 

As crop insurance reporting deadlines near, farmers begin to prepare for this annual task and may find that using precision ag data can simplify the process. During planting season, growers are encouraged to use their Integra display from Ag Leader to record accurate planting data and then import this information into SMS softwareMORE 

World Dairy Diary      

Seeking Nominations for Innovative Farmer 

Nominations are now being accepted for the title of the Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year, an annual award co-sponsored by IDFA and Dairy Today magazine.   MORE   

Long Live Those Dairy Cows!  

Research in Texas is looking into the relationship between the breed of dairy cows and the longevity of the herd.   MORE          

Dairy Farmers Appointed to National Board 

Congratulations to the following dairy farmers who were appointed to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. MORE 

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