August 17, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress is taking place in Sweden and Chuck is there courtesy of our long time sponsor for this event, Dupont Pioneer.  He's already got a lot of photos online for your viewing pleasure.  While Chuck is in Sweden Cindy visited Collinsville, IL for a Respect the Rotation event with Bayer CropScience.  The summer of agriblogging fun continues.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do ag journalists (broadcast/print/web) adhere to good ethical practices in reporting?" This is just in time for the ag journalists gathering in Sweden for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. I'll be sharing the results with them.

Our poll results: Sixteen percent said they all do; sixty-eight percent said most do; and sixteen percent said most do not. 

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Which team for President would be best for agriculture?" What do you think...who is the better choice for office when it comes to supporting our nation's farmers and ranchers?

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

Farming Rock Star of YouTube

One of the YouTube Farming Rock Stars attended the Ag Media Summit. He's Greg Peterson, one of the Peterson Brothers who made the hit, Farming and I Grow ItMORE

RFS Waiver Might Lower Corn Prices... Eventually

A new report from researchers at Purdue University shows that a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could lower corn prices... but it could be a while until livestock producers and consumers at the grocery stores see those prices go down. Purdue's Wally Tyner, Farzad Taheripour and Christopher Hurt presented their report, entitled Potential Impacts of a Partial Waiver of the Ethanol Blending Rules, this morning during a Farm Foundation webinar, claiming that if the EPA grants the waiver, demand for corn would drop, and thus so would the prices, anywhere from 47 cents to $1.34 per bushel, depending on what level the drought impacts the final harvest, how big the waiver is, and how many unused Renewable Fuel Identification Numbers (RINs) are cashed in.   MORE


Sweden Minister of Rural Affairs

The Sweden Minister of Rural Affairs is Eskil Erlandsson. He was on our morning program here at the 2012 IFAJ Congress. After the morning session was completed he held a press conference which I recorded and have posted below.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

RFA: Reports Show Waiver Won't Lower Corn Prices

The folks from the Renewable Fuels Association are pointing to two university studies as proof any waiving of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would not significantly lower corn prices. The issue came to the forefront in the last few weeks as the drought pushed corn prices to record levels, and livestock groups look to the RFS waiver as relief from those prices. But this RFA news release points to a Purdue study (featured earlier here on Domestic Fuel in a webinar put on by Farm Foundation) and Iowa State University research that the drop in corn prices would be only about 5.6-7.4 percent. The webinar earlier today also showed the lower prices for producers and consumers at the grocery stores would not happen this year.    MORE     

Former Nebraska governor and senator and candidate for the Senate once again, Bob Kerrey, urged the crowd at the American Coalition for Ethanol conference Friday to fight for the industry.  MORE


Podcast 2

Despite a drought that is lowering the corn crop and causing ethanol plant shutdowns, American Coalition for Ethanol Executive Vice President Brian Jennings thinks the organization's 25th annual conference last week was the most positive ever.  MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays  

OptRx Crop Sensor Rate Table Provides More Flexibility 

During my recent visit to Ag Leader Technology I learned about the new Crop Sensor Rate Table that is now available from Chad Fick, Product Specialist. This new feature provides more application flexibility. MORE


Most Believe Ag Journalists Are Ethical  

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do ag journalists (broadcast/print/web) adhere to good ethical practices in reporting?" This is just in time for the ag journalists gathering in Sweden for the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress. I'll be sharing the results with themd.  MORE  

World Dairy Diary      

Cuomo Wants to Help N.Y. Dairies Grow 

Yesterday, N.Y.'s Governor Cuomo held the first "Yogurt Summit" where he announced plans to ease expansion regulations for dairy farmers. MORE  

Farmers and Ranchers Coalition Backs Romney 

Presumptive Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney today announced a coalition of agricultural leaders for his campaign. The Farmers and Ranchers for Romney coalition is chaired nationally by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Ambassador Tom Nassif, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE), and former USDA Acting/Deputy Secretary Charles Conner.   MORE

CWT Export Update  

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 12 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Darigold and United Dairymen of Arizona to sell 3.1 million pounds (1,417 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and 661,387 pounds (300 metric tons) of butter, to customers in Asia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. The product will be delivered August 2012 through January 2013. MORE 

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