February 15, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It's National Farm Machinery Show week and Chuck is on location there doing story posts onto both AgWired and Precision Pays. Then the team gets a break before this year's Commodity Classic in Orlando. Speaking of Commodity Classic, do you have the app? Yep, there's now an app for that.

Today we're announcing the Precision Pays iPad mini Giveaway Contest. There is a growing need for the coolest tablet device out there as farmers have so many mobile apps to choose from. So farmers just need to fill out the form to enter and hopefully like Precision Pays on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What did you think of Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad?"

Our poll results: The majority at forty-eight percent said All of the Above; twenty-eight percent said Great Exposure for Ag; twelve percent said Very Well Done; six percent were Not Impressed; four percent Hope to See More Like It; and two percent said Other. The Ram Truck super bowl ad could have been controversial within the ag community, but from the looks of our poll, most of you can look past the fact that Paul Harvey, the voice of the commercial, was an animal activist and enjoy the message that he conveyed.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What grade would you give Ag Sec. Vilsack during his first term?" Vilsack has had an entire term under his belt, so how would you rate his performance as leader of the USDA? Let us know.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Managing Insects for Greater Yields

We hear a lot about weed resistance but don't forget about insect resistance. That's why I visited with Adam Prestegord (not pictured), product manager for FMC's insecticide business. We talked about Capture LFR. This product protects a seed or young seedling, even a biotech variety, before an insect can do some damage! MORE 



Sequester Could Cause FSIS Inspector Furlough

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has shaken up the meat and poultry industry with his comments about how sequestration might impact agriculture during a speech to the National Ethanol Conference last week. MORE


New Holland's New NCBA Partnership

A lot is new with New Holland and that includes expanded support of the livestock industry as this display shows early in the morning at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show in Tampa, FL. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Urban Air Initiative Worried About Stocks, Not Ethanol

Ethanol is good for taking harmful particles out of automobile emissions, but a group committed to cleaner air is worried that gasoline makers might just end up putting more particulates in the blendstock. MORE


Advanced Biofuels Companies Gaining Momentum  


According to new research from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), dozens of states in the U.S. are now homes to advanced biofuels companies. There are now more than 80 advanced biofuel companies, refineries and related operations located in at least 27 states. Top states are California, with 30 companies, Illinois (8), Colorado (6) Texas (5) and Iowa (4). MORE

Real Goods Solar Expands Residential Solar Offering

Real Goods Solar has been selected by a leading production homebuilder to deploy solar in certain of its new communities beginning in California and then expanding into other states. As part of the partnership, Real Goods Solar will design, engineer, service and manage the installation of residential solar systems. MORE
 Precision Pays

 Ag Leader Preparing Growers for Spring Planting

You can't have enough Down Force, especially some Ag Leader Technology Hydraulic Down Force! We've been hearing a lot about it and with planting season almost here it's time to take another look. MORE

PrecisionPays iPad Mini Giveaway!

That's right - we want to hear from you. And give you a chance to win an iPad mini! Just let us know a little about yourself, how many total acres you farm, what kind of precision ag equipment you use, and you'll automatically be entered into the drawing. So scroll down to the form below and hit "submit". MORE

Corn Yield Contest Sets New Record

Farmers participating in the National Corn Growers Association 2012 National Corn Yield Contest set a new record by submitting 75 entries that surpassed the 300 bushels-per-acre mark. Bucking trends and overcoming severe drought conditions, these entrants showed the incredible achievements that are possible in farming using advanced practices and state-of-the-art technology. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  


CWT Export Update


Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 18 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creameries, Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, United Dairymen of Arizona and Upstate Niagara/O-AT-KA to sell 2.344 million pounds (1,063 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 524,700 pounds (238 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. The product will be delivered February through July 2013. MORE  


World Ag Forage Winners Announced

Finalists were chosen from more than 90 entries submitted from the western United States. The competition challenged farmers to enter and see who produced the highest-quality forage in the West. MORE 

$4,460 Raised for Center Foundation

The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania's scholarship fund has raised $4,460 from a silent auction held at the 2013 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. MORE  

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