April 12, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Happy week before the national Agri-Marketing Conference!  Next week Chuck & Cindy will be in Kansas City attending the conference with a ZimmComm exhibit in the  Connection Point.  We will see you from there and you can also follow coverage on


Our  latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "How do you combat social media overload?" We live in a new media world where we can communicate instantly with one person or the whole world. Does it ever bother you? Do you have to take a break from it all?


Our poll results: Twenty-five percent said Focus On 1 or 2 Social Networks, twenty-three percent said Physically Talk To People, thirteen percent Turn Devices Off For a While, ten percent Don't Get Overloaded, eight percent Do Farm Chores and said Overload, What Overload?, five percent Set Time Limits, Read a Book, and Other. Based on poll results, focusing on one or two social media networks rather than all of them helps most people keep the chaos at ease.  


Our new ZimPoll is now live and asks the question, "Have you started spring planting?" The weather has been less than predictable over the last month, this time last year many of you were already in the fields. Has it delayed your spring planting date? Let us know.


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


Elanco investment in China Animal Health Care press conference 

Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF, on Farm Bill plan 

Dan Misener, Misener Family Harvesters, on Great American Wheat Harvest 

Growth Energy Washington, DC press conference 


Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


 AgWired  AgWired     

Get Your FarmOn

Hey folks let's FarmOn! Now, I know that's not real easy these days, especially for young people who want to get started. Here's an organization that's trying to help. The FarmOn Foundation is compiling a number of online resources while also conducting social media awareness campaigns like #FARMVOICES. We'll learn all about it in this week's program. MORE


Elanco Invests $100M in China Animal Healthcare 

Elanco is investing approximately $100 million to purchase a minority equity stake in China Animal Healthcare Ltd., one of the leading players in the animal health industry in the People's Republic of China. The investment expands Elanco's commitment to China, with the goal of providing innovative, safety-enhancing food production solutions to help meet the growing food demands and nutritional needs of the Chinese people. The parties have agreed to a framework to allow for future commercial collaboration activities. MORE


Vilsack Speaks to North American Ag Journalists

After speaking to 4-H members for breakfast, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined North American Agricultural Journalists for lunch on Monday, covering a variety of important issues, including immigration and getting a new food, farm and jobs bill. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Growth Energy Heads to the Hill

Growth Energy and its members are heading to Capitol Hill today to meet with legislators regarding the benefits of the ethanol industry. In particular, participants will discuss the value of E15, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the issues surrounding Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). MORE


Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner: Stop E15  

Following the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's mark up and ultimate approval of H. 875, legislation designed to untimely repeal approval of E15 that was introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

AFPM Compares E15 to MTBE 

The American Fuel and Petroleum Manufacturers Association (AFPM) had compared the recent New Hamsphire Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) lawsuit loss by the oil industry to E15. MTBE  has been found to contaminate ground water and as a result nearly half the states in the U.S. have banned its use. E15, the most test fuel in the history of the country has never been shown to contaminate ground water and is a more environmental friendly option. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Open Data for Ag Key to Food Security 

Innovators and private sector partners are being urged to participate in the G-8 Open Data for Agriculture meeting coming up later this month in Washington DC to help "facilitate the transfer of scientific research and information in a broad range of areas from best agricultural practices, to research, biotechnology, irrigation, extension services and applied technology." MORE  

Leica Releases SteerDirect ES

 Leica Geosystems released Leica SteerDirect ES, the latest retro-fit electric steering system. Customers can install the assisted steering solution effortlessly into all major brands and models. SteerDirect ES reduces input costs and operator fatigue. MORE

NCGA Congratulates "Champion for Change"

The National Corn Growers Association congratulates Past President Fred Yoder as he is recognized by President Obama as a "Champion for Change." The official recognition, which takes place in the White House on a weekly basis, honors 12 ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Raw Milk Law Amendment Would Not "Migrate" Dangers  


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a petition that sought an exception to the current ban on the inter-state sale of raw milk products - citing a lack of proof that the amendment would "adequately mitigate the dangers posed by raw milk."  MORE  

Analyzing The Dairy Scrutiny Act


During a two-hour long session at the National Dairy Producers Conference, which reviewed the prospects of the Farm Bill in general - and the outlook for the Dairy Security Act (DSA) in particular - panelists agreed that the risk management approach embodied in the Dairy Security Act provides a cost-effective safety net for farmers. MORE

New Board Elected

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program board of directors recently elected officers for the 2013 term, welcomed new members, and recognized members for years of service. MORE  

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