October 19, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Food is getting a world of attention this week in Des Moines, IA.  It's World Food Prize activities week and Cindy is there courtesy of our sponsor, Elanco.  You can find Cindy's photos here and follow her coverage here.  She's got lots of interviews and remarks for you to listen to.

Next week Chuck will be hitting the agriblogging highway to attend the O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling Dealer Appreciation event in Tulare, CA.  Those activities will take place on Tuesday.  While Chuck is on the west coast Jamie Johansen will be covering Export Exchange with our sponsor the Renewable Fuels Association.

As many budgets are being finalized for the new year, do you have ZimmComm in mind?  We'd love to cover your event or assist you with your own marketing efforts.  Right now we've got an opening for sponsorship of our weekly ZimmPoll as well.  Our calendar for 2013 is filling up fast.  Please contact Chuck or Dave Larson if you'd like more information or a proposal.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is most important for feeding growing world population? "

Our poll results: Fifteen percent said Precision ag technology; thirteen percent said Biotech hybrids; nine percent said Crop protection products; seven percent said Information technology; twenty-two percent said Natural resource conservation; six percent said Less government regulation; twenty-three percent said All of the above; and six percent said Other.


There is not a simple answer to this question. We put a number of options up there but through comments others were suggested too. One thing we can all agree on though is that farmers will do all they can to produce the safest, affordable food to feed our growing population that they can!


Other suggestions via comments include: Reduce food waste, Reduce post-harvest losses, Unleash the potential of Africa, Develop infrastructure, Improve farmers' access to market, Give farmers the means to succeed through financing and extension services and Educate consumers to reduce over-consumption. All great ideas!


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Have our efforts to educate consumers about agriculture been successful?" Agri-marketers continue to try to help educate the growing population of non-ag consumers. Another great example is USFRA, the largest agricultural communications effort of its kind and the goal is to speak with "one voice." So how are we doing? Let us know here.

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

DeLaval New Company Vision

DeLaval has a new vision. I learned about it at World Dairy Expo from Christian Poggensee, Regional President, North America. Simply put it is, "We make sustainable food production possible." Christian says it's not a target but rather something the company wants to be perceived as. DeLaval became a sponsor of the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards earlier this year.  MORE

Books About Feeding the World

The moderator and one of the participants on the opening panel at the World Food Prize symposium Borlaug Dialogues have authored books aimed at increasing awareness of world hunger and how we can feed a growing populationt.   MORE


Panel Sets Stage for Borlaug Dialogue

A panel discussion to set the stage for the Borlaug Dialogue at the 2012 World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines considered the question "One Billion Hungry - Can We Feed the World Sustainably?"  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Using Compost to Fuel Compost Cars

For those of you who are slacking off this afternoon and surfing the web looking for cool stories about renewable energy, well look no further. I have found the current greatest idea of the month: converting compost into fuel and then fueling cars made out of compost. Are you hooked?   MORE

Compost-Fueled Cars: Wouldn't That Be Great? - Onion Talks - Ep. 1
Compost-Fueled Cars: Wouldn't That Be Great? - Onion Talks - Ep. 1

Ethanol helped to power events held as part of Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) in New Orleans, October 11-13 at the Morial Convention Center.  MORE 


Ethanol Myth Busting at Automotive Event 

A panel consisting of an automotive technician, an automotive engineer and an ethanol industry representative had the opportunity to bust some myths about ethanol at the National Automotive Service Task Force meeting in New Orleans on Saturday.  MORE
PPMark  Precision Pays
Valley Irrigation continues to give growers more choices by introducing the new Valley DropSpan for center pivots. The DropSpan allows growers to irrigate additional acres with a center pivot by "dropping" spans upon arriving at a large obstruction in a field, allowing the center pivot to continue irrigating. MORE 

Discussing the Future of Hi-Tech Farming

The U.S. agriculture industry is facing a serious problem with being able to feed a rapidly expanding global population, as well as responding to climatic changes much like the recent drought that hit the United States. Technology is now playing an ever increasing role on the farm, allowing farmers to make the most out of every acre and to prepare against future climatic changes.  MORE

Utilizing SMS Software in a Drought Year 

If you've been keeping up-to-date with the PrecisionPays blog, then you've read about how SMS software from Ag Leader can assist you with verifying harvested acres when it comes to crop insurance reporting.  MORE 

World Dairy Diary    

Successful Partnership With Dairy Checkoff & Domino's 

Partnerships equal progress and this has rang true for the Diary Checkoff and a well-known pizza delivery service. With the sales of pizza cheese plummeting, DMI sought a partnership that would benefit the dairy industry and pizzas lovers alike. It has proven successful and during the recent World Dairy Expo, Chuck talked with New York dairy farmer, Skip Hardie about what the teaming of the two means for the future of the dairy industry.  MORE



Adisseo to Build Plant 

Adisseo recently announced plans to build a new plant for the production of SmartamineŽ M, the rumen-protected methionine for dairy cows. The plant will be located in Commentry, France.  MORE  

Innovation Center For US Dairy Awards For Sustainability

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is pleased to honor the 'best of the best' through the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards. The award is given to individuals, groups and organizations involved in the U.S. dairy industry who are doing what they can to manage their environmental impact and giving back to their local communities. MORE 

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