November 2, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We moved.  Well, actually we moved to a whole new web server.  Last weekend all our website properties moved and it was a big job but Robert our webmaster got it done flawlessly.  Bet you didn't even notice did you?  We're now on the latest technology from Joyent and our already speedy websites have been even further optimized for a pleasant visitor experience.  It's not something you want to do often though but we believe in staying on the cutting edge of the technology available to us as we venture through the future of agricultural communications and marketing.

This week Chuck is back on the agriblogging highway for a first time visit to AgroNomics and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.  Then he gets a short break before heading to Kansas City for next week's National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention.  We're looking forward to seeing many of our friends in KC, MO!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "How important will rural vote be in election?"

Our poll results: Sixty-five percent say very important and thirty-five percent said not important. It appears as though the majority of folks believe farmers and ranchers need to cast their vote. So remember, Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Less than a week away!

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Should foods containing GMO crops be labeled?" A great example of this is Prop 37 in California. It is estimated that 70 percent of our food contains GMOs. And with already rising food costs, will this added labeling requirement just increase what consumers pay for food? What do you think? Would it make a difference in the food you purchase?

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

 AgWired  AgWired     

The Namaste Farms Celebrity Shepherdess

Ever met a celebrity shepherdess? I have. She's Natalie Redding, Namaste Farms. We met at the O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling dealer appreciation day.  MORE 

Being Relevant to Your Customers

Is your company still relevant to your customers? Well I hope so. But if you want to delve in to this Ross Shafer can help. Ross was the keynote speaker at the O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling dealer appreciation day. I first met Ross during this year's Agri-Marketing Conference. He's a very informative and entertaining speaker. He says the customer will always get what he wants and how he wants it.   MORE


Marketing Ag Retail Online

If you're in the retail ag business how do you stand out from the crowd, especially when we're talking about online. Yep. The internet.  MORE


Some Perspective on Land Values

The value of land is a big topic of discussion at AgroNomics. We're seeing some very high values and selling prices these days.  MORE 

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Iowa RFA Asks Car Makers to Endorse E15

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is asking all auto makers to recommend the use of 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) for use in new model vehicles.  MORE   
Just as ethanol producers have been able to market the co-product dried distillers grains (DDGs) as livestock feed, those folks producing algae for biodiesel want to find more uses for what's leftover once you get the fuel out.  MORE  


DF Cast: Candidates Debate Domestic Fuels 

It's less than a week before election day, and President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney are vying for every vote they can, including those people interested in energy issues in this country.  MORE 

PPMark  Precision Pays
What is your favorite app on your phone?  How does it make your life easier? 

Ag Leader is Spanning the Globe

Ag Leader has been selling into the international market for 18 years and currently has distribution in over 30 countries. Offices are growing and now span the globe with people on the ground in the Netherlands, Europe, Australia and Brazil, and the company hopes to continue to grow those operations to better serve international customers. 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    

Milking Parlor: Vilsack Talks Farm Bill, Regs at WDE 

It's regulations and legislation on the minds of dairy farmers. Producers are worried about whether they will be able to get a waiver from the federal Food and Drug Administration for corn hit by aflatoxin because of the drought, as well the lack of a new farm bill, which means the loss of the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program, reverting back to the original 1949 pricing policy.  MORE



Yellow Boots From Prima Tech 

Yellow boots. And they're not rubber! They're polyurethane. Why? Because they last 3-4 times longer.  MORE


Winterize Farm Equipment With Slip Plate

With the fall harvest ending in the near future it's time to look at winterizing all that equipment. That means you need a good lubricant and that means you might want to check out Slip Plate. You can find out all they ways you can use this product from Superior Graphite on their website. Go ahead. Visit now. Here are a few places where you can use Slip Plate. . .  MORE   



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