June 7, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm team has had a lot of fun working with our sponsors and friends at events in South Dakota - Raven Innovation Summit, Iowa - World Pork Expo and Pennsylvania - New Holland Construction Equipment Media Event.  We're sharing more photos and interviews than you'll see anywhere else and you are welcome to listen in, view and share.  Team members Chuck, Cindy, Jamie and Joanna have plenty more to post as soon as they get back to the office too.

New Holland introduced a new tractor this week with a legacy name - the Genesis T8 Series.  Chuck was there to see it in action and got some great photos and an interview.  Check it out here.

ZimmComm summer intern, Maggie Seiler, writes about her first agriblogging experience at the Alltech International Symposium and says, "In addition to making some great connections, I had the opportunity to really jump in and get my hands dirty as far as writing and reporting goes. I had a lot of chances to conduct interviews, take pictures and tweet about the sessions at the symposium. Probably my favorite part of reporting was getting to listen to the sessions on the future of nutrition, marketing and scientific development that will shape agriculture in 2020."  You'll see Maggie back out in the field next at the American Seed Trade Association convention in Nashville.

Before we get to our new Zimmpoll let's look at the results of our latest one which asked the question, "What is MOST important when buying a tractor?" It looks like price, horsepower, and versatility win this battle.

Our poll results: Twenty-two percent said Price and Horsepower, seventeen percent said versatility, fifteen percent said Customer Service, nine percent said Accessories, six percent said Warranty and Comfort, four percent said Color, and two percent said Size. The bells and whistles don't seem to be a huge impact on purchasing decisions.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "How good was your first cutting of hay?" Weather hasn't exactly been predictable this spring. With a cold and wet spring season across much of the country how did it affect your hay crop? Has it bounced back from last year's drought? 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     

Marketing Thoughts From AdFarm

The subject of marketing is always a key topic area for the Alltech International Symposium. Doesn't it make sense to help your customers become more successful marketers? Sure it does. MORE


New Holland Donation to Fisher House Foundation 

New Holland continues its support for the Fisher House Foundation by making a $68,500 donation. Here's Abe Hughes, VP, New Holland North America (right) presenting the check to David Coker, Fisher House Foundation President. The money for this donation comes from the New Holland True Blue Salute program. The presentation occurred during a construction equipment media event I'm attending at New Holland headquarters in Pennsylvania. I'll have more on that later.  MORE


4-H Canada 100th Anniversary Gala 

Dr. Roberta Bondar was the guest speaker at the 4-H Canada 100th Anniversary Gala held on May 30. As an astronaut, physician, scientist, photographer, author and, as she proudly proclaimed, an Aggie, Dr. Bondar presented photos from her 1992 travels on the NASA space shuttle Discovery. Her view from space emphasized the importance of agricultural research and technology in being able to feed a growing planet with ever decreasing arable land. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

USTR Nominee Answers EU Ethanol Export Question

The issue of the European Union's treatment of ethanol imports from the United States came up during a Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing Thursday for U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) nominee Michael Froman. MORE 

Corn Growers React to Rice Climate & Corn Study 

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is questioning the results of a recent study from Rice University and University of California that looked 40 years ahead at farming and climate change. The study finds corn ethanol has water issues that outweigh potential reductions in tailpipe emissions. In response, NCGA is saying they need to go back to the "research table". 

Project Volt Gas Volt - A Breakthrough Program? 

During the EU Parliament in Brussels, a "breakthrough" green renewable energy program coined Project Volt Gas Volt was called for to make fossil fuel and first generation biofuel use obsolete. The call was made by Corinne Lepage, Member of the European Parliament (also the former French Minister of the Environment) and American Professor of Management, Robert I. Bell.  MORE 
 Precision Pays

Raven Makes Big Announcements at RIS 

The 2013 Raven Innovation Summit wrapped up last night with an awards banquet honoring Raven Industries dealers from across the world. The two-day event consisted of the announcement of brand new innovative technologies, a trade show and educational break-out sessions where dealers got all their questions answered about the new product launches. MORE


Precision Pays Podcast: The future of crop scouting

iPads are becoming a great tool for scouting fields.  Purdue Extension has recently released their Corn and Soybean Field Guide in an interactive app format.  Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist says the app makes it easier for a farmer to diagnose problems in the field because of the in-depth resources available at their fingertips. MORE 



2012 Corn Crop Still Needs to Be Monitored

The 2012 corn crop delivered many of the problems that were foreseen throughout last year's growing season. Decreased yields, variable quality and mycotoxins have affected livestock production throughout North America. However, this crop may still be causing trouble as we dig deeper into the storage bins. MORE

NewHolland Construction Equipment Media Event

New Holland brought together media representatives from the construction industry to see the company's product line-up and learn how the agriculture and construction segments have been integrated internally. Please enjoy and use our photos and interviews. More interviews will be added as they are produced. MORE
World Pork Expo 25th Anniversary

2013 marks the silver anniversary of World Pork Expo, the world's largest pork-specific trade show, presented by the National Pork Producers Council. MORE
 AGree Supports Senate Immigration Bill

Food and agricultural policy organization AGree is urging the Senate to pass the immigration reform bill approved by the Judiciary Committee in order to provide a stable workforce for American agriculture. On June 3, the co-chairs of the organization sent a letter in support of the bill to U.S. Senators. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Giant Sundae Kicks off June Dairy Month 


Pennsylvania's dairy promotion organizations celebrated June Dairy Month with the creation of a colossal ice cream sundae! Now that's a lot of ice cream! MORE 


In celebration of June Dairy Month, efforts by the National Milk Producers Federation to revitalize the REAL� Seal are taking a big leap forward this month. A new campaign is being launched that allows consumers to learn more about the benefits of real, American-made dairy products and foods made with them, using a new Facebook page, blogger outreach and digital advertising. MORE  

Hershey Company Donates to Pa. Foundation 


The Hershey Company has donated $10,000 to the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania to support educational resources for Pennsylvania's dairy industry. MORE 
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