October 26, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Chuck got to meet a new sponsor, O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling.  The company held it's first ever dealer appreciation day at the International AgriCenter facilities in Tulare, CA and he was on the scene taking photos and conducting interviews.  This was a fantastic event for the company and its customers.   We hope to visit O.H. Kruse again!

While Chuck was in California, Jamie Johansen was in Minneapolis for the 2012 Export Exchange, courtesy of our long time sponsor, the Renewable Fuels Association.  You can find her photos and interviews mostly on Domestic

Hopefully you've booked the ZimmComm team to your event in 2013.  Right????

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Have our efforts to educate consumers about agriculture been successful?"

Our poll results: No one said Yes, real improvement; fifty-two percent said Yes, but long way to go; thirty-five percent said No, minimal impact; three percent said No, no impact; and ten percent said Waste of time. It looks like many believe there's room for improvement and our work is far from being done.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "How important will rural vote be in election?" It is a challenging time in agriculture for thousands of farmers and ranchers across the country. As the rural population goes to the poll booth to cast their vote for the candidate they believe supports farmers and ranchers, how important do you think their votes are? Let us know.

And remember, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Go cast your vote!

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

Importance of Cooperatives in Feeding the World

"Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary GeneralMORE 

Heifer International at World Food Prize

The World Food Prize is all about feeding the world, especially the hungriest of the hungry in developing nations. One organization taking part in the 2012 World Food Prize last week was Heifer International, which has been helping hungry and disadvantaged people around the globe feed themselves for over 70 years.   MORE


O.H. Kruse is Support System for Dealers

Here's the happy winner of a new iPad courtesy of O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling. He is just one of the door prize winners at the company dealer appreciation day. In fact, there were a lot of winners. If you signed up for the event text messages we were being updated on winners throughout the day. This prize was awarded during the evening meal.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Outlook for Global Grain & Renewable Energy

To kick off the 2012 Export Exchange attendees heard from keynote speaker Carl Casale, President and CEO of CHS, Inc., on the outlook for global grains and renewable energy.     
The key purpose for the 2012 Export Exchange was for buyers and sellers to meet and establish important relationships. The event sponsored by the US Grain Council and Renewable Fuels Association focused on getting answers, making contacts and building business. During the conference I had the opportunity to talk with Tom Sleight, President & CEO of the US Grains Council, about what this event means for the DDGS and the worlds grain supply.  MORE  


Supply & Demand of US/World Coarse Grains 

A highlight for the 2012 Export Exchange was Dr. Joe Glauber's comments on the supply and demand of the United States and worlds coarse grains. Dr. Glauber is the Chief Economist for the United State Department of Agriculture. Attendees from across the world listened as he discussed the aftermath of the US drought and the goals for price moderation worldwide.  MORE


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PPMark  Precision Pays
Biotechnology and precision agriculture technology are twin advancements in farming that are working together to help increase productivity to feed the world. MORE


Effective Control of Resistant Weeds in Soybeans

Results from more than 300 soybean field trials conducted in 2011 and 2012 show soybean growers there's hope for control of resistant weeds. Engenia herbicide, a technologically advanced dicamba formulation developed by BASF, demonstrated effective control of key broadleaf weeds including glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, marestail, and common and giant ragweed. 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 





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World Dairy Diary    

New Tractors for Dairy Farmers 

As a five star sponsor of World Dairy Expo New Holland brought a lot to the show lot. New tractors rounded out the offerings that dairy farmers found when they visited and talked with representatives like Mike Cornman.  MORE



Donated Heifer Benefits National Jersey Queen 

Cris and Doris Rocha, Tillamook, Ore., recently donated a direct female descendant of the 2000 National Jersey Jug Futurity winner, Sunset Canyon MBSB Anthem-ET, to benefit the Charlene Nardone National Jersey Queen Fund.  MORE  

Image Changing Programs for the Dairy Industry

The image of agriculture throughout the United States is a fragile one. We have fewer people involved in production agriculture and that equals more consumers who don't understand where their foods comes from. During the 2012 World Dairy Expo, Chuck talked with California diary producer, Ray Prock about the image in the non-farmer audience concerning agriculture and especially the dairy industry. They also discussed the role of social media in agriculture and how dairy producers are utilizing this industry changing tool. MORE


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