April 26, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Last week we announced our new Agri-Blogging Internship Program during the 2012 Agri-Marketing Conference and we've already received  applications from 30 students at universities from coast to coast!  We are making this program open for sponsorship in order to be able to offer our interns the best possible experience.  If your company or organization would be interested in becoming a sponsor of the first ever Agri-Blogging Internship program please  contact Dave or Chuck for the details.  We will be selecting one student for this summer and two for this fall.


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is the #1 thing you look for on a food label?"


Our poll results: Nineteen percent said other, sixteen percent said Low Sodium, fourteen percent Don't Read Labels, thirteen percent said Reduced Fat, ten percent said Saturated Fat Content, and we had a tie at nine percent saying Non-GMO and Organic. Three percent said Heart-check Mark, Fat Free, and No Synthetic Hormones and one percent said All Natural. The majority of our viewers chose Other. Based on responses, "other" constituted calories, carbohydrates, and ingredients. Evidently our viewing audience has a different outlook than the audience being interviewed by media about the "big debates" such as antibiotics, hormones, and non-GMO foods.


Our  new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Does celebrity media attention sway your purchasing/listening/watching decisions? (e.g. Carrie Underwood supporting HSUS)?" Recently in Tennessee, Carrie Underwood has been a big voice for HSUS by publicly pressuring the Governor to veto a bill that would possibly end undercover investigations of animal abuse in the state. Carrie has used Twitter to its fullest, tweeting "@BillHaslam It's not all about big business. Please look out for the little guys! Show TN that you have a heart...#NoAgGag". She goes on to explain to questioners and agvocates that she is not against agriculture just against animal abuse. Would you not purchase a ticket to a Carrie Underwood concert based on her recent rant? Let us know.


Here are some interviews you might have missed this week:



Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


 AgWired  AgWired     

Changes in Agricultural Marketing Agencies

We're back in the swing of things at ZimmComm World Headquarters. Actually, make that in post-Agri-Marketing Conference recovery mode. Cindy and I have a number of interviews to share with you this week from the conference and I'll get started in this week's program. MORE


Chicken Issues in the News 

The US Poultry & Egg Association served as another sponsor of the Chicken Media Summit, held in north eastern North Carolina last week. Members of the media were welcomed with warm, sunny skies as members of the poultry industry took us under their wings to share a little of their passion for the chicken community. MORE


Farmer to Head Wells Fargo Food & Agribusiness

A man who has deep ties to farming has been tapped as head of Wells Fargo's National Food & Agribusiness Division. This company news release says Rob C. Yraceburu, a fourth-generation family farmer who holds both a bachelor's in agricultural business and a master's in agricultural economics from California State University Fresno, will lead the group's expansion to untapped markets in the Midwest and East. MORE

New Sponsor for Great American Wheat Harvest

To help support the creation and educational purposes of the Great American Wheat Harvest documentary film, independent filmmaker, Conrad Weaver of ConjoStudios, LLC announces the Oklahoma Wheat Commission board has approved and appropriated funding to become one of the film's executive sponsors. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Ornicept: Wind Energy Technology for the Birds

Earlier this month, the winners were announced in the Clean Energy Challenge, and prize winner, Ornicept, has a unique technology that can aid in the mitigation of bird issues associated with wind turbines. The technology was developed last May by young entrepreneurs Justin Otani and his co-founder Russell Conard, who graduated from Indiana University. Early on they won a business plan competition called the "Best Competition," that gave them the initial seed capacity. From there they relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan. MORE


UPS Ramps Up Its Natural Gas Fleet 

UPS is ramping up its natural gas fleet with the addition of approximately 700 liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles. In addition, the company will build four refueling stations by the end of 2014. Once completed, UPS says its LNG private fleet will be one of the most extensive in the U.S. The company has been operating natural gas vehicles for more than a decade. With natural gas prices 30-40 percent lower than imported diesel and U.S. production gearing up, the logistics company is investing more aggressively in the natural gas infrastructure necessary to make it part of the UPS delivery network. MORE

Heliae Reveals Voliaris - Algae Production Platform 

Heliae has revealed its latest microalgae production platform, Volaris, the result of five years of research and development. The technology was designed to produce high purity microalgae at competitive prices. According to the company, Volaris will enable large-scale production for diverse markets and provide a natural, sustainable and consistent supply of alage-based products to meet worldwide demand. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Barriers to Using Precision Ag 

Have you seen Joe Neighbor in town at the local precision ag dealer, asking questions, smiling and nodding his head, followed by a hand-shake ... then a month or so later, in the cab of his tractor multi-tasking on different screens while talking on his smart phone? Did you wonder how he knew what questions to ask regarding what was best for his operation and better yet, how he ever got started? MORE 

VAULT HP for More Precise Soybean Nitrogen Fixing

One of the biggest concerns for any ag operation is getting the most out of your inputs. During the recent tour of BASF's newly acquired Becker Underwood St.Joseph, Mo. seed facility, Russ Berndt, product manager for legumes and northern crops for Becker Underwood, talked about the symbiotic relationship soybeans have with the living organism rhizobia, a soil bacteria that fixes nitrogen for soybean plants. MORE


IRM Calculator App

To make updating refuge planting plans easier, the National Corn Growers Association now offers the Insect Resistance Management calculator in a handy mobile application. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



USDA & Dairy Industry Renew MOU 


Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009.  MORE   




Winners of U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards


The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is announcing the winners of the second annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on April 23 at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes dairy farms and businesses of all sizes for practices that advance the industry's commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet. MORE

New Study Compares Dairy Safety Programs 


Dairy economists from leading universities released a new study that compares the short-term impacts for dairy farmers of two dairy safety-net programs now being debated in Congress - the Dairy Security Act (DSA) and the Goodlatte-Scott amendment to DSA. MORE  

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