August 24, 2012
Hello ZimmComm Fans:


It's Agvocacy time as in the 2012 Agvocacy 2.0 Conference in Kansas City, MO.  This is the third annual agvocacy training conference put on by the AgChat Foundation.  We've got a new crop of passionate farmers learning how to use social media  to tell their story.  Some are there to hone their skills since they are already on the way to being ag industry social media rock stars.  Chuck and Jamie are attending with Chuck doing a presentation this morning on story telling and media creation with the now famous Peterson brothers from Kansas.  You can find their photos here.


Right before the Agvocacy 2.0 Conference Jamie attended the NAMA Boot Camp.  She collected photos here and has more stories to share from there.


Next week Chuck and Cindy (hurricanes permitting) will be attending the Farm Progress Show and getting lots of stories to share.  With the wild weather of this summer, there should be some interesting conversations in Boone, IA.


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Which team for President would be best for agriculture?"

Our poll results: Forty-two percent said Romney/Ryan; thirty-five percent said Obama/Biden and twenty-three percent said neither, we need a better choice.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Beyond commodity prices, what will this year's drought have a greater impact on?" From crop insurance to feed and fuel costs, there are a lot of potential items the drought could impact. But what do you think is going to take the biggest hit?


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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Looking Ahead With IFAJ

Wow. The 2012 IFAJ Congress was fantastic as usual. I recommend that any American ag journalists take advantage of this opportunity to make good contacts internationally while expanding your horizons.  MORE

Farm Progress Preview

More than a dozen agricultural journalists got the annual sneak preview of the Farm Progress Show this week in Boone, Iowa. FPS media tent organizer since 1986, Gene Hemphill, was on hand to meet and greet every one and sent us a few photos.  MORE

Kinze Has Tips for a Breakdown-Free Harvest

This year's drought has made it tough enough for farmers; the last thing they need is a breakdown or equipment failure when trying to get in what crop they can. Phil Jennings, the service manager at Kinze Manufacturing, reminded me at the recent Ag Media Summit that there are some basic items producers should be checking before they head out to harvest. "We're going to look for wear on our augers. We're going to check our hoses to make sure they're not scuffed or leaking." Plus, he said we need to check the belts on the auger and, of course, the warning lights, flashers and slow-moving vehicle signs. Phil also said that with tougher conditions out there, checking the tires and track systems, including wheel lugs and bearings, is always a good idea.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

What is the Impact of US Drought on Global Ethanol Supply?

With the ongoing drought in the United States, the ethanol industry is learning how to adjust in unforeseen conditions.  While the industry is facing much criticism for being a cause of rising food prices affecting livestock producers and food manufactures alike, the industry needs to be armed with the right information to fight back. One place to get this information is during the upcoming  F.O. Licht's World Ethanol & Biofuels event that is taking place in Munich, Germany on November 5-8, 2012.  MORE       
A new study will come out this fall that found that supplementing cattle feed with corn stover decreases the amount of greenhouse gases created during corn ethanol production. The research was designed to assess the impact on the carbon intensity level of a corn ethanol pathway when factoring in the replacement portion of corn grain for feed with corn stover. The study was conducted by Life Cycle Associates and supported by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).  MORE

Poultry producers are getting some help from several governors in their call for the EPA to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), but officials with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) say the RFS is working, and no waiver is needed. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has joined Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue in asking for the waiver (see Deal's letter here). The EPA has posted the notice in the Federal Register and is accepting public comments for the next 30 days. A decision would come within 90 days.  MORE

PPMark  Precision Pays  

New Automated Steering System from Ag Leader  

Farmers looking to reduce operator fatigue, lower fuel consumption and extend working hours and operation windows have a new tool - a high-accuracy automated steering system from Ag Leader. The all-new GeoSteer automated steering system was designed for farmers looking for repeatable, sub-inch accuracy, making it ideal for planting, spraying and other field operations that require precise automated steering. MORE 


Podcast 2 

Getting to Know Palmer Pigweed   

It's not just pigweed, it's Palmer amaranth pigweed, and it was all over the Bayer CropScience Respect the Rotation plot tour in Collinsville, Illinois - towering over corn and soybeans and most other weeds.  MORE


How to Recognize Palmer Ameranth
How to Recognize Palmer Ameranth

Valley Irrigation Introduces Valley TrackNet 

Valley Irrigation introduces Valley TrackNet, a family of web-based irrigation management products that offers growers the ability to manage their center pivots and linears both remotely and more efficiently.  MORE 

World Dairy Diary      

Milk: Pure Michigan  

Pure Michigan has released a new ad campaign focused on Michigan produced milk. The campaign is sponsored by Kroger. MORE   


Michigan Milk: From Our Farms To Your Table | Pure Michigan
Michigan Milk: From Our Farms To Your Table | Pure Michigan


Arnold is Ultimate WDE Fan 

Congratulations to Caylei Arnold of Hartford, Ct., World Dairy Expo's 10K Ultimate Fan Giveaway winner!  MORE

Schneider's Dairy Earns PA Preferred Status 

Schneider's Dairy has become the first PA Preferred dairy. The PA Preferred program is spearheaded by the state Department of Agriculture as a means of encouraging consumers to buy locally and support Pennsylvania farmers. MORE 

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