December 7, 2012 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Another week of agriblogging is just about in the can.  Jamie Johansen was in Lexington, KY for the Alltech Global 500.  Cindy just got back from the ASTA 2012 CSS in Chicago and Chuck just got back from the NAAA Convention in Savannah, GA.

Now it's time for a break!  But we've got lots more to post from these events in coming days.  The ZimmComm 2013 calendar is filling fast with things heating back up right after new year's.  Please consider having us at your event in 2013 by contacting either Chuck or Dave Larson.  Thank you.

If you're one of the Android device owners we wanted you to know that we've updated and fixed a couple of bugs in the AgWired App for Android.  It's a very convenient way to keep up with what's happening in the agribusiness world from a perspective you won't find anywhere else.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "With harvest over what are your winter plans?"

Our poll results: Thirty-one percent said feed and care for animals; twenty-five percent said paperwork!; twenty-five percent also said catch up on sleep; nineteen percent said repair existing equipment; no one responded research/buy new equipment.  


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What will expiring biotech patents mean for agriculture?" This issue has been building for a few years now as the patent for the first generation of Roundup soybeans is set to expire in 2014. Let us know what you think.

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

MediaPlanet and Agriculture in America

Agriculture in America. Who are the farmers? How are they working to feed a growing population? Good questions and ones that a recent publication insert into USA Today showcased some answers to. I hope you've seen it. Have you wondered how and why it was produced? Well wonder no more. In this week's program I visit with Hailey Pierson, Senior Publisher, MediaPlanet, Inc. MediaPlanet is the company that put this publication together. I also spoke with Bob Stallman, Chairman of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, about the project since it featured a letter from him and USFRA worked with MediaPlanet. MORE 

Beef Ambassadors Share Love For Beef @ Global 500

There was no way you could miss the National Beef Ambassadors at Global 500. They were the sharp looking young people in matching bright red shirts. I took the opportunity to talk with them and walked away completely motivated by their enthusiasm for the beef industry. MORE


CropLife Foundation Previews Study at ASTA Expo

CropLife Foundation (CLF) is publishing a comprehensive report next year on "The Role of Precision Seed Protection in Modern Crop Production" and preliminary findings of the report were presented today at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Corn & Sorghum Seed Research Conference 2012 & Seed Expo.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel  

Ethanol Groups Respond to EU Investigation

The European Commission today issued a "general disclosure document" setting forth its proposed ruling in the anti-dumping investigation involving U.S. ethanol exports to Europe.  MORE
One of the challenges with biodiesel are extremely cold temperatures - the fuel can gell up. But one element of this challenge has been overcome with the opening of the Harms Oil Biodiesel Blending Facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This year-round facility, features two underground tanks - one heated and will hold biodiesel in the winter, while the second tank will also hold biodiesel during warmer months. This will enable southwestern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northeast Iowa motorists the ability to fill up with biodiesel all year long - even in the winter.  MORE
Hydrogenics Corporation has announced that a Hydrogenics electrolysis-based hydrogen fueling station has been officially opened in Turkey in the presence of Kadir Tobass, Mayor of Istanbul, as well as interested members of the public. The fueling station is located at Golden Horn, the historic inlet of the Bosphorus straight, and can fuel up to 65 kilograms per day of hydrogen at 350 bar. The station is for both land and sea transportation applications where Hydrogenics' 8kW fuel cells can be used.  MORE 
PPMark  Precision Pays

The Peterson Brothers from Kansas became social media rock stars in June with a little YouTube video called "I'm Farming and I Grow It" which now has nearly 8 million views.  MORE

Farmer Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
Farmer Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

Ag Aviators Meeting in Georgia

The 2012 National Agricultural Aviation Association convention and trade show is underway in Savannah, GA. I'm here covering the meeting on However, I'll be getting some great interviews to share with you here as well. Let's start with this one.  MORE

HarvestMaster announces Mirus harvest data collection software as the latest addition to its research agriculture solutions offering. Mirus is an all-in-one software designed to collect and view harvest data in real time. The Mirus software is compatible with the industry leading HarvestMaster HM800 GrainGage systems. MORE   

World Dairy Diary    

CWT Export Update 

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 10 requests for export assistance from Bongards, Dairy Farmers of America, Darigold, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, and Michigan Milk Producers Association to sell 1.285 million pounds (583 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, 1.058 million pounds (480 metric tons) of butter, and 85,890 pounds of whole milk powder (WMP) to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product will be delivered December 2012 through February 2013MORE  

Alltech's Dairy Heroes Featured at Global 500 

During the opening remarks from Dr. Pease Lyons at the 2012 Global 500, he compared farmers and ranchers to heros. Such a true statement.  MORE

Dairy Foods Editors Pick Top 10 New Dairy Products

FreshTake from Kraft, Yosicle frozen yogurt novelties from Unilever and Saute Express flavored butter from Land O'Lakes are among the 10 best new dairy products of 2012, according to Dairy Foods.   MORE

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