May 3, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


This week our Jamie Johansen has been to the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit courtesy of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council.  Her coverage is appearing on  After having a break from the agriblogging highway things will kick into high gear next week when Chuck heads to New Orleans to participate in a panel for the Farm Credit Idea Share 2013.  We'll continue to see you out and about!  BTW.  If you don't have us on your schedule please let Chuck or Dave know.


Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question "Does celebrity media attention sway your purchasing/listening/watching decisions? (e.g. Carrie Underwood supporting HSUS)"

Our poll results: Sixty-four percent said No, sixteen percent said Yes, eleven percent said Carrie Underwood Who, seven percent said Depends on the Celebrity, and two percent said Other. It looks like our audience doesn't make decisions based on what media coverage of so called "celebrities." How about you? Do you think differently? Let us know.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question,How many generations are you removed from the farm? With  fewer and larger farms in the United States, not as many people are  involved in production agriculture as 40 years ago. What is your family  connection to farming? Let us know.

Here are some audio files from this week you might have missed.  Don't forget to check out AgNewsWire for more each week.


Tyler Hackstadt, Monsanto, on Warrant herbicide 

USDA/EPA Honey Bee Report presser 

John Grandin, GROWMARK, on nutrient management with late planting 

Steve Hershberger, ComBlu, on most important word in social media 


Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:





Study Shows Ethanol Reducing Carbon Footprint

A new study indicates that ethanol production is continuing to reduce its energy and environmental footprint. MORE
Concluding Press Conf for G8 Open Data for Ag

USDA held a concluding press conference to discuss results prior to the end of the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture. USDA Chief Scientist Dr. Catherine Woteki outlined the federal government's new Food, Agriculture and Rural data community, which offers a catalog of over 300 data sets as well as numerous apps, tools and statistical products. MORE
 Chicken Media Summit

Media from across the country were invited to attend the very first Chicken Media Summit. The National Chicken Council and US Poultry & Egg Association sponsored the three day event to inform, educate and create transparency throughout the chicken industry. MORE
 AgWired  AgWired     

Discussing Open Data for Agriculture Conference

Data, data, data. I wonder how many times that word was used at this week's G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture? A lot I'm sure. Well, I was not there but Paul Welbig, Raven Industries was. MORE


USDA and EPA Release Honey Bee Health Report 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. MORE


Weed Scouting Critical for Resistance Control

A recent BASF poll showed nearly 80 percent of growers are changing their weed management programs to head off herbicide-resistant weeds - and with resistance confirmed across 31 U.S. states, a good scouting technique is a must for every field. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Air Force Gets Virent Bio-based Jet Fuel for Testing

Wisconsin-based Virent has delivered the first 100 gallons of its bio-based jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for testing. This company news release says it will be validated against the standards required for qualification and approval of new aviation turbine fuels established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). MORE  

Argus India Ethanol Assessment Launched

Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has added a new tool to its arsenal: Argus India ethanol assessment. The company says the new product is designed to meet the growing demand for price reference and transparency in the market and was created in response to India's mandate for increased ethanol blending in gasoline. The daily assessment is specifically for anhydrous ethanol, delivered to India. Indian demand for ethanol is expected to rise to as much as 2.2bn litres next year (38,000 b/d) to fulfill the country's mandatory E5 blending. India plans to move to E20 blending by 2018. MORE

Oil $$, No Ethanol. Coincidence? I Think Not. 

Last week the biofuel industry took a hit when Florida voted to repeal its Renewable Fuel Standard, HB4001, that required fuel retailers to blend ethanol into their gasoline. The charge against ethanol was led by Florida Senator Greg Evers, who represents Escambia County, which happens to be the largest receiver of BP oil spill funds in the state. In fact, the same week HB4001 was passed, the county was one of the first to receive approximately $56 million to go toward restoration projects. Apparently, oil "balls" are still washing up on shore. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Precision Pays Podcast: Adaptive nitrogen management 

What if there was a way to know if too much nitrogen is applied one year or not enough the next year - before the application is ever made? MORE


Getting Precise with Seed Treatments

You've spent some good money to treat those seeds before you plant them in the ground. But the dust that forms when the treated seeds rub together and rub off those expensive treatments is more than a loss of protection and an irritant for workers - it's like money blowing away in the wind. Charlie Hale, marketing strategy and support lead for Becker Underwood says that's why having the right polymer is so important. MORE


Web-based Water Quality Index Tool

Scientists at the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service recently developed a simple, web-based tool that helps producers easily understand the quality of water flowing off their fields - the Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff (WQIag)MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Bentely New GM at WDE 


Congratulations to Scott Bentley, the new General Manager at World Dairy Expo! MORE 

USDA Seeks Dairy Board Nominees


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is asking dairy producer and importer organizations to nominate candidates to serve on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board. Nominations must be submitted by May 30, 2013.MORE 

DFA Plant Receives Award  


In recognition of exceptional commitment to quality and customer service, employees at Dairy Farmers of America's Schulenburg, Texas, facility have been awarded the PepsiCo North American Foods 2012 Service Award for Contract Manufacturing. The award recognizes the Schulenburg team as leaders among 41 contract manufacturing suppliers at 63 locations across the country. MORE 
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