May 31, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Agriblogging kicks into high gear starting next week.  It's a summer on the run for the ZimmComm team.  Cindy will take off on Tuesday for Des Moines and the World Pork Expo thanks to Boehringer Ingelheim and Novus International.  At the same time Chuck will be headed to New Holland, PA to see some brand new equipment at New Holland headquarter offices.  And also at the same time, Jamie will be in Sioux Falls, SD attending the Raven Innovation Summit.  The action doesn't slow down until near the end of the month too!  So expect to see and hear what we see and hear!

Before we get to our new ZimmPoll let's look at the results of our latest one which asked the question, " Is agriculture doing a bad job of marketing?"


Our poll results: Sixty-five percent said Yes, Consumers Losing Trust, twenty-one percent said Yes, Industry Thinks It's Not Needed, twelve percent said No, Consumers Trust Food Supply, and three percent said No, Industry Is Doing A Great Job.


Wow. That's a huge percentage thinking we're doing a bad job of marketing. Do you agree with these results? If so, why? What is wrong with the way marketing is being done in the ag sector? Do you think that some sensationalized stories in the media are contributing to a feeling that we are doing a bad job of marketing? If we are doing a really bad job of marketing is it hurting any farmer or company bottom line?


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is MOST important when buying a tractor?" Today, it seems like tractors come with as many options as a new car or truck. Many of these options are for comfort and flexibility. When you are shopping for a new tractor are you just looking for the basics or do you want and need all the new bells & whistles? Let us know.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Broadcasters Support Farm Broadcasting

The roots of agricultural broadcasting run deep in broadcast history, starting with the first stations on the air in the 1920's airing weather and market reports for farmers and ranchers. By 1922, the USDA reported that 35 of the 36 stations licensed by the Commerce Department had been approved to broadcast USDA markets! MORE


New Flickr Creates Agriblogging Photo Benefits 

Flickr is certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world! At least we think so. Last week Flickr unveiled a whole new look and features that we know AgWired fans will love. Let me explain.  MORE

NAMA Presents Blogging Webinar  

The National Agri-Marketing Association has planned a blogging webinar on strategizing, executing and impacting target markets, presented by Adrian Blake, CEO fo Social Media Contractors. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Farmers, City Slickers Connect Through Soy Biodiesel

Farmers and folks from the city might not have a lot in common (although more than most people realize), but they're united by their love of biodiesel. This week, the United Soybean Board (USB) and Empire Clean Cities are recognizing New Yorkers' efforts to reduce dependence on foreign oil, while going green and creating American jobs. MORE

Groups Ask For Water "Road Map" 

Leaders of the Committee for the American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA) praised Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and 22 of her House colleagues for urging new U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to release the long overdue "road map" on how to manage the development of U.S. energy resources without harming the quality and supply of water supplies. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 required water-related recommendations, but as of yet, have not been submitted to Congress.

Turning Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel Feedstock  

We've talked a lot here about turning used cooking oil into biodiesel. But the process is a bit more involved than using virgin oils, such as soybean oil. This story from the Roanoke, Virginia Times tells how two brothers, Tony and Daryl Hubbard who have set up shop filtering and processing the used cooking oil into something that can be readily made into biodiesel.  MORE 
 Precision Pays

New Ag Leader Responsive Website 

Growers using a smartphone, tablet or laptop will now have an optimized experience when visiting, thanks to the launch of Ag Leader's new responsive website. MORE 

Fourth New GPS Satellite in Orbit

The fourth new GPS IIF satellite was deployed earlier this month, providing even greater navigational accuracy for all users, including farmers using the latest precision technology. MORE

Online Insect Forecast Tool

As farmers across the Corn Belt continue to battle above- and below-ground insect pests year after year, a comprehensive integrated pest management approach is key to maximizing yield potential, especially in corn-on-corn environments. MORE  


 World Dairy Diary  



Leum Joins Expo Staff 


Congratulations to Carrie Jo Leum the new Project Specialist for World Dairy Expo! MORE 

Star of Breed Announced


Congratulations to the 2012 Star of the Breed, awarded by the Holstein Association USA to Siemers Alisha Gold Ava-ETS, bred and owned by 18-year-old Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Newton, Wis.! MORE  

Frey Retires 


Turkey Hill Dairy president Quintin Frey retired Tuesday, according to Kroger. MORE 
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