September 7, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is still publishing stories and interviews they collected at last week's Farm Progress Show.  It has been catch up time after a summer of almost back to back trips around the agribusiness world!  Looking ahead you'll find us at Chicagoland Speedway the end of next week for NASCAR action and then the NAMA Fall Conference.   Have you registered for the new NAMA Fall Conference yet?

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "How will the drought affect farm equipment sales?" At last week's Farm Progress Show where there was a lot of equipment on display and the talk was dominated by weather.

Our poll results: sixty-three percent said sales will drop; six percent said sales will increase and thirty-one percent said no impact.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What tillage practice changes will you make due to drought?" The continued dry conditions are changing a lot of things in agriculture. Are tillage practices one of them? 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     

Vilsack Talks Obama Plan for Rural Economy at DNC

Pres. Obama has a way to keep the rural economy moving forward... that's the message delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC received from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. "President Obama has a detailed plan for a new rural economy," Vilsack told the delegates. "More support for small businesses making, creating and innovating. More investment in biofuels and other biomaterials. And more trade and more markets."  MORE

GROWMARK Honors Youth in Ag

The role of young people involved in agriculture is a true focus for GROWMARK. During their recent annual meeting State FFA Officers from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and representatives from the Ontario Cooperative Young Leaders spoke to members on the role of young people in agriculture and their future roles in the industry.  MORE


Podcast 2

November Food Dialogues

The next edition of The Food Dialogues is coming up on November 15, 2012 in New York City. Farmers, ranchers, industry experts, pundits and media will meet for in-depth conversations on today's most provocative topics concerning food and its production - antibiotics, biotechnology, and media, marketing and food. The line up has not been announced yet but should be soon.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Growth Energy Receiving Support From New Holland

New Holland proudly displayed its support for the ethanol industry during the 2012 Farm Progress Show as you can see on the side of the CR6090 Combine. They are the first major manufacturer of farm equipment to do so in this manner. As part of that initiative New Holland has become a partner with Growth Energy and American Ethanol. They are a "Clean Energy Leader!" I learned more about this partnership from Mark Hooper, New Holland Director, Commercial Growth Initiatives.  MORE

As the EPA considers a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) due to the impact the drought is having on corn supplies, members of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, BIO, are urging the agency to preserve the standard. During a news conference today, BIO provided a progress report on advanced biofuels to make the case in favor of the RFS, pointing out how the standard helped reduce dependence on foreign oil while growing jobs here in the U.S.  MORE


NCGA Officer Says They Respect RFS Waiver Process 

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) continues to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and respects the process that allows for a waiver to be considered by the Environmental Protection AgencyMORE

PPMark  Precision Pays

 There was a lot of talk during the Farm Progress Show this year about the epic drought and how it was impacting growers across the country. Brent Wilson, DuPont Pioneer technical services manager, was out interacting with growers and when talking with them heard quite often that they just want to put the epic drought of 2012 behind them. MORE


John Deere Breeds New Species of Gator 

John Deere has a brand new species of Gator that is out to chomp the competition when it comes to speed, power and agility.  MORE 

Ag Secretary Visits Farm Progress Show 

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited the 2012 Farm Progress Show in his home state of Iowa on Thursday to announce new USDA grants to support beginning farmers and discuss why Congress should pass a new farm bill next month. MORE


World Dairy Diary      

New Clay Target Championship at WDE 

A new clay target championship event will be held, prior to World Dairy Expo, with the goal of raising funds to help support the numerous youth programs. MORE   


Bob-White Systems Now Nasco 

Bob-White Systems, the micro dairy industry pioneer, is now an official representative for the full line of Farm, Ranch & Agriculture supplies and equipment from Nasco.  MORE

NMC Holds Successful Meeting

More than 120 professionals, with a vested interest in milk quality, attended the National Mastitis Council regional meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D., earlier this month. MORE 

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