October 12, 2012 

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


The ZimmComm Team is on a little break from the agriblogging highway after Chuck covered World Dairy Expo.  But there's lots more coming up.  Cindy is attending the CARS 2012 (Congress of Automotive Repair and Service) in New Orleans this weekend before joining Chuck for some family R&R up in Georgia.  Then the next big adventure is the World Food Prize activities in Des Moines.


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, " What cooperatives play a role in your life/business?"

Our poll results: Ten percent said Electric/water/utilities; ten percent said Farm Credit/credit union; five percent said Farm supplies; twenty percent said Energy/biofuels; three percent said Farm commodity; three percent said Other; thirty-five percent said Two or more of the above; and fifteen percent said None.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is most important for feeding growing world population?" As of today, it is estimated at a little over 7 billion; by 2050 it is estimated it will be slightly over 9 billion. With a steadily increasing population, how do we feed everyone? What do you think?


Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Meet the New NCBA Communications Director

Members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) probably know Chase Adams, who has been a farm broadcaster with KBHB radio in Sturgis, South Dakota for the past eight years. But, Chase just left the Black Hills behind him and moved inside the Beltway to become the new Director of Communications for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), filling the cowboy boots of Mike Deering who has moved back to his home state to serve as executive director of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association.  MORE

Soybeans Up, Corn Crop Down a Bit

The October USDA crop production report out this morning took a little bit more off the corn crop but increased the soybean crop by nine percent.   MORE 


Start Clean Now for Spring Planting

Farmers are being encouraged to start clean for next year's planting season, and now is the time to get a handle on tough weeds. Tom Rothman with Minnesota Farm Network recently spoke with Monsanto's Ryan Rector about why weed control in the fall is important and what tools growers have to help them be proactive when it comes to weed management, including the new Roundup Ready PLUS Weed Manager PLUS App for iPhone and Android platforms.   MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Corn Growers Comment on RFS

Today is the last day to file comments with the Environmental Protection Agency on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waiver request and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is urging farmers and other stakeholders to make their voices heard.  MORE 
According to a Los Angeles Times article, California Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) have called for a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into California's high gas prices. In one week, the per gallon price of gas jumped 50 cents. Fuel analysts attribute the increase to an oil pipeline problem, maintenance procedures, and refinery mishaps. 

NASCAR Hits Three Million Miles on E15 

NASCAR race cars powered by a blend of 15% ethanol have now officially passed the three million mile markMORE
PPMark  Precision Pays
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of a USDA effort meant to highlight the benefits of improving and maintaining America's soil. This awareness and education effort features farmers from communities in numerous states-Ohio, Indiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Indiana, Utah, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Montana and Kansas-where growers are increasingly interested in how improved soil health can benefit their operations. The agency is studying successes and identifying lessons learned in these states to share with farmers in other states. MORE

Voices of Soil Health
Voices of Soil Health


Ag Leader Expands Tech Support

You've heard the old saying, "Jack of all trades, master of none", right? Over the years, employees have had to know enough about every product just to be dangerous. But with all the advancements in precision agriculture and the ways in which modern farming practices have changed, employees have in fact become experts on one product. They've become "specialized teams". 

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


World Dairy Diary    

National Dairy Board Appointees Announced  

Congratulations to the five new appointees to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board! All appointees' terms will begin Nov. 1 and end Oct. 31, 2015.  MORE

Beef Checkoff at Dairy Expo 

The Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) always has a presence at the World Dairy Expo to help dairy producers understand how they are a part of the Beef Checkoff.  MORE


Dairy Council and NFL Partner for GENYOUth

New York dairy producer and United Dairy Industry Association board member Audrey Donahoe is passionate about promoting healthy eating and exercise for young people so she is very excited about the GENYOUth Foundation, a partnership between the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) committed to child health and wellness. MORE 


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