February 8, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week was the "perfect storm" of industry events all happening at the same time to keep the ZimmComm team hopping.   The National Ethanol Conference took place at the Wynn in Las Vegas at the same time the National Biodiesel Conference took place there at the Mirage.  Chuck and Joanna focused on biodiesel while Cindy was our ethanol expert.  Coverage from both events is still being posted to and the Biodiesel Conference Blog.  This was the 8th year we've been biodiesel blogging with the National Biodiesel Board!  Chuck started his week in Las Vegas before joining Jamie in Tampa for the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention.  You can find most of their coverage on as things wind down in the Sunshine State tomorrow.  Oh, and btw, you will still find stories from AG CONNECT Expo being posted onto AgWired this week!

Looking ahead, you'll find Chuck in Louisville, KY next week for the National Farm Machinery Show.  Then it's break time before Commodity Classic!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do you support biofuel production and the use of corn to do this?"

Our poll results: The majority of you at sixty percent say Yes, thirty-three percent said No, four percent were Indifferent and four percent chose Other. Growing crops to use as biomass for producing fuel seems to be the best alternative to depleting our finite stocks of oil and they have the added benefit of being more friendly to our environment.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What did you think of Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad?" The late conservative radio broadcaster Paul Harvey's "So God Made a Farmer" speech was the voice of the Ram Trucks Super Bowl 2013 commercial. Paul Harvey was a large voice for HSUS and an animal rights advocate.  This may cause agriculturalists to have mixed feelings about Ram's commercial. How do you feel about the commercial? Can you look past what he represented and smile about the message that he conveyed? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Sec. of Ag Vilsack at Ethanol Conference and Biodiesel Conference

There are a lot more interviews and presentations available.  This gives you a sample though!

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


 AgWired  AgWired     

Soybean Variety Getting New Name

A new variety of soybeans will soon get a new name after making a debut at the recent AG CONNECT Expo. MS Technologies Brand Manager Lauren August says their FG72 soybeans, a collaboration with Bayer, will have their new name revealed at the upcoming Commodity Classic later this month. MORE 



Case IH Has Networking Session at AG CONNECT

Information is power, but TOO MUCH information is, well, overwhelming. During the recent AG CONNECT Expo, our friends from Case IH sponsored a a morning networking breakfast on how to manage all the information farmers are faced with in precision agriculture. MORE


NCBA Sustainability Press Conference

During the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention today NCBA held a press conference to announce the preliminary results of the Beef Industry Sustainability Assessment. MORE


Great American Wheat Harvest Documentary

Here's a great project to show your support for. It's a film documentary in production now called The Great American Wheat Harvest. In this week's program I'm sharing a conversation with film producer Conrad Weaver during AG CONNECT Expo and U.S. Custom Harvesters Convention. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

EPA Addresses E15 Issue

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a solution to address specific concerns about retail sales of 15% ethanol (E15) ensuring that gasoline with up to 10 percent ethanol is available at each station when also offering the higher octane fuel E15.  MORE


Vegas is a Winner for National Ethanol Conference 


Members of the Renewable Fuels Association are on the road home from Vegas ready to continue driving the industry forward after another uplifting National Ethanol Conference.  MORE

Chile Ramps Up Renewable Energy

Chile is ramping up its renewable energy sector with two recent project announcements. SunEdison and the Chilean mining and steel group CAP have signed an agreement to construct what the two companies believe will be the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in Latin America and one of the largest on the world. MORE

Precision Pays

Ag Leader Announces GPS 2500B RTK Base Station   

Farmers requiring sub-inch accuracy for tiling and other precision farming operations have a new GPS option from Ag Leader Technology, Inc.: the GPS 2500B RTK Base Station. MORE

Study: NutriShpere-N Protects Against Volatilization

A new study from the University of Missouri finds that an SFP product guards against nitrogen loss. SFP, one of the attendees at this year's Iowa Power Farming Show, says NutriSphere-NŽ Nitrogen Fertilizer Manager (NNŽ), when added to urea, protects against against volatilization. MORE

USDA Extends Census Deadline

Farmers and ranchers across the country are heeding the call to have their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of Agriculture. With 1.4 million Census forms returned, the USDA is thanking everyone for speaking up for their communities, their industry and their future by sending in their Census form. MORE


World Dairy Diary  


Holstein Reports 2012 Numbers   


Holstein Association USA is excited to report that 2012 was another solid year for U.S. Registered Holsteins and program activity, with interest in Registered Holstein cattle continuing to grow. Registrations at the end of last year totaled 362,669, up 2,520 from 2011.  MORE  


Merial Announces Dairy Quality Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 National Dairy Quality Awards (NDQA), sponsored by Merial, in partnership with the National Mastitis Council (NMC) and Hoard's Dairyman. MORE

Joseph Farms Brings Home Award

Third-generation, family-owned cheesemaker Joseph Gallo Farms closed out 2012 with a record 30 awards for its dairy products, including 17 gold medals, and a first place win at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Championship Contest. MORE  

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