March 15, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Great American Wheat Harvest Sponsor Need: You know we're sponsoring "The Great American Wheat Harvest" documentary that is in production now. Conrad Weaver, the film's director, is in need of a couple of items for the film crew. Those include a truck like a Ford F-150 (American made) four wheel drive with crew cab and towing package for RV trailer. They also need an RV trailer which could sleep 6-8 people in which the crew would stay as they travel the country following custom harvesters this year. The trailer will also be where they would do in field post production editing. Sponsorships are available for these items that include media alerts, website listing and film credits as well as logo wraps for the film and sponsor on the truck and logo on the trailer as well. Please contact Conrad ASAP if you would like to provide this support at 301-606-7794.


It's almost spring and that means it is almost Ag Day. Chuck will in Washington, DC, next week for National Ag Day activities. Follow along on AgWired starting next Tuesday!


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Will the sequester monster impact you personally?"


Our poll results: Fifty-two percent said No it will not impact you. Twenty-one percent said Yes, Major Impact, seventeen percent said Yes, Minor Impact, and ten percent said I Don't Know. So most of you do not expect to be affected by the sequester monster. Wonder what all the fuss was about. 


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Have you recently purchased a gun?" The Second Amendment states that you have the "right to keep and bear arms." Do you practice that right? Has all the talk about new gun laws stimulated you to go out an purchase that gun you've been wanting? 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     

More Than Simply Killing Diseases

Everyone knows that fungicides kill diseases, but the message BASF continues to tell growers is that is does much more. Caren Schmidt, Technical Market Manager in corn fungicides for BASF, spoke with me at their booth during Commodity Classic and she was excited to share the feedback she was receiving from attendees. MORE 



Swanson Russell at 50 Years Old 

2012 was a good year for Swanson Russell. The agency turned 50 and for the first time surpassed $100 million in capitalized billings. MORE


Sequester Chops Some USDA Reports

Statistical surveys and reports about catfish, hops and mink are among those being suspended by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) "for the remainder of the fiscal year due to reduced funding caused by sequestration," according to a press release out today. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

ACE, IRFA Celebrate A Century of Subsidies

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) along with a full house, celebrated a "Century of Subsidies" for Big Oil today with a miniature version of the Capitol cake and ice cream. The cake was created by Charm City Cakes especially for the event that highlighted the fact that oil industry has received certain subsidies since 1913 - 100 years. MORE


Houston Biodiesel Plant Idled by Hurricane to Re-Open  

A biodiesel plant that was nearly completed and put on hold when Hurricane Ike roared ashore in south Texas in 2008 will get new life today. MORE

Plenty of Diesel Vehicles for Biodiesel Production

To those who think there's not enough diesel-capable vehicles out there to help boost biodiesel's demand, our friends over at the Biodiesel Magazine blog say that's just not true. MORE
 Precision Pays

Balance GT Press Conference 

We published the announcement of the new Balance Gt soybean varieties that will available in 2015 just prior to the recent Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, FL. After that announcement MS Technologies and Bayer CropScience held a press conference for ag media to discuss the product launch and new name. MORE 

Converting from AFS/PFS to SMS Software

Precision ag software ... it's necessary but can be, at times, daunting and confusing. There's so much data growers need to compile and store from year to year, and data has really become a necessity versus a "perk" because it brings all of the information together in one place where growers can pencil out and see the value from the information and map out where their highest ROI potential lies. MORE


New CAST Report Examines Nutrient Use

Research, planning and implementation of the proper use of nutrients could shape food production and yields in the years ahead. A new paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology examines the process shaping the current nutrient situation and the resulting requirements as world food production evolves during the next 40 years. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  


NMPF Statement 


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Board of Directors reaffirmed the organization's support for a new farm bill, containing a better safety net for dairy farmers, at the Federation's spring meeting.  MORE  

Osorio Named ADSA Young Scholar

Congratulations to Johan Osorio, a Ph.D. candidate in Animal Science at the University of Illinois, for being named a Young Dairy Scholar by the Midwest Branch of the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). MORE 

New Members to WDE Board

Congratulations to the three new members of the World Dairy Expo's Board of Directors! The new directors include: Olivier Hiers, Larry Purdom and Steve Blessing. MORE  

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