October 5, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It is World Dairy Expo time as Chuck has been to Madison, WI once again to cover the biggest dairy show in the world.  Many thanks to Charleston|Orwig and New Holland for their sponsorship of his coverage on World Dairy and AgWired.  You can find his photos here.

After a short break the ZimmComm team rolls back into action at events like the Congress of Automotive Repairs & Service (CARS 2012), World Food Prize, Export Exchange and O.H. Kruse Customer/Dealer Mtg. So from New Orleans to Des Moines to Minneapolis to Tulare we'll be burning up the agriblogging highway!  Just wait until we get to November. 

A farmer, friend and colleague of the agriculture industry is in critical condition at a Springfield, Missouri hospital and a fund has now been set up to help his family with related expenses. Kansas Corn & Sorghum Growers executive director Jere White was involved in a motorcycle accident on September 28 in northwest Arkansas.  You can learn more and find out how you can help with expenses for the family by going to this link.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What grade would you give the new student lunch program?"  The new guidelines from USDA have generated a very heated response from parents and kids across the county.

Our poll results: seventeen percent said A; six percent said B; nine percent said C; nineteen percent said D; and forty-nine percent said F. Looks like there are a lot of frustrated parents (and kids) on this issue.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What cooperatives play a role in your life/business?"  October is National Cooperative Month and lots of rural folks rely on local cooperatives for everyday things like fuel and home mortgages. Which ones impact your life? Let us know.

Here are some interviews you may have missed this week.  As always, our audio is free to download and use, especially if you're a member of the ag media!
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Networks:
 AgWired  AgWired     

Celebrating National Co-op Month

Each October, cooperatives across the United States celebrate the cooperative difference, business model and the contributions of cooperatives to their communities during National Co-op Month and this year continues the celebration of 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives with the slogan "Cooperative enterprises build a better world."  MORE

Charleston|Orwig Hoofs It for Charity

The company that has been mainly responsible for our ability to cover World Dairy Expo on World Dairy year after year is Charleston|Orwig. This integrated marketing and reputation management agency has quite a few clients in the dairy business, including our marquee sponsor, New Holland. I spoke with Charleston|Orwig's Mike Opperman, Sr. Director, Strategy and Planning, (left on the show lot with his client) to learn how the agency is doing and found out that they have a unique project going on here at Expo.    MORE 


Let's Move Salad Bars to California Schools

The United Fresh Foundation just announced the new campaign Let's Move Salad Bars to California Schools. The goal is to donate salad bars to 350 California schools at the United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego. The campaign is spearheaded by four California produce industry leaders passionate about increasing children's consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.   MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Ethanol Report on CARS

Since ethanol is powering cars across the country these days, it's about time it had a place at the premier annual event dedicated specifically to automotive service and repair professionals, which is appropriately called CARS - the Congress of Automotive Repair and Service.  MORE

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a town hall meeting at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin this week and took questions from the audience, one of which concerned ethanol and the impact it has had on livestock producers.  MORE


Renewable Energy in the Debate 

Increasing America's energy independence came up quickly in the presidential debate last night and it showed some similarities and some clear differences between the candidatesMORE
PPMark  Precision Pays
Rabo AgriFinance has launched a new interactive mobile application for the iPad, to provide valuable financing information and enable growers to make informed seed purchasing decisions. The app is targeted to vendor finance customers of Rabo AgriFinance, which includes input manufacturers, ag retailers and producers, and can be downloaded from the iTunes store.

New Holland Supports Dairy Expo 

One of the big "new" things at the 2012 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin this week is New Holland Agriculture which has made a major multi-year commitment to support the event.  MORE  

World Dairy Expo - New Holland Trade Center
World Dairy Expo - New Holland Trade Center

Record Income for Farm Co-ops in 2011  

October is National Cooperative Month and 2012 is the the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, so it is extra special to celebrate record farm cooperative income in 2011. MORE 

World Dairy Diary    

Wisconsin Ag Secretary Brancel Enthusiastic Agvocate 

On opening day we had two secretaries of agriculture at World Dairy Expo. Yesterday the focus was on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He was introduced by Wisconsin's Secretary of Agriculture, Ben Brancel. Today, let's hear from him. I actually ran into Secretary Brancel in the exhibit hall and was able to visit with him. He was just great to talk with and hear about some of his travels that include a successful trade trip to China.  MORE


World Dairy Expo Optimism 

The flags are flying over the 2012 World Dairy Expo. Show General Manger, Mark Clarke, is very happy about this show. There's been great weather for setting up and new exhibitors have been able to participate thanks to the New Holland Trade Center.  MORE


Fabulous Farm Babe in Action

The Farm Report with Pam Jahnke is taking place in and around World Dairy Expo as usual. Here's Pam in action early today. MORE


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