June 14, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Think we'll get a new farm bill this year?  Sorry, had to ask.  We've been following along as the soap opera unfolds and it looks like a lot more drama to come.

This week Chuck is getting his first look at a Livestock Marketing Association convention in Montgomery, AL.  In addition to the convention he's also a judge for the 50th World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.  You can follow his coverage on AgWired and see photos in his ever growing photo album.

Chuck was also in RTP, NC this week for the U.S. celebration of Bayer's 150th Anniversary.  While there he interviewed several leaders of the company and of course took plenty of photos.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked, "How good was your first cutting of hay?"  Many of you felt your hay crop was better than last year. Hopefully this is a good sign for this season.


Our poll results: Thirty-five percent said Better Than Last Year, twenty-five percent said Same as Last Year, twenty-five percent said Worse Than Last Year, and fifteen percent said Other. The "Other" responses claimed it is too wet to cut hay. All this moisture is a cure for the drought but seems to have delayed hay season in parts of the country.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is your opinion of Senate immigration bill?" With a Senate vote of 82-15 to allow further debate on legalizing the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants, update the hiring process and make legalization a breeze. President Obama claims it is "the best chance we've had in years". How do you feel? 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     

Construction & Agriculture Together at New Holland

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This is episode #399! That's a lot of interviews with leaders of the industry to share with you. Cindy and I have enjoyed every minute of it. MORE


Blueprint for Easy from BIVI 

Vaccinating pigs against disease can be a time-consuming, back-straining process for humans and an unpleasant experience for the swine - but it doesn't have to be that way.  MORE


Livestock Marketing Time 

It's time for my first Livestock Marketing Association annual meeting and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. I'll begin my coverage tomorrow with the opening general session and continuing through Saturday when the auctioneer championship competition ramps into high gear. I'll be sharing lots of photos, interviews and other media content throughout the event. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Ethanol Report on RFS-Food Price Study

In this Ethanol Report, John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics talks about a new study, commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association, that shows no direct correlation between the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the overall increase in food prices since 2008. MORE


PERC Offers Propane Farm Incentive Program 

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is encouraging producers to upgrade their grain dryers with a $5,000 incentive through the Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers who purchase a new qualifying propane-fueled dryer from GSI Group or Mathews Co. now through the end of 2013 can apply for the incentive through PERC's nationwide research program. In exchange, producers report post-harvest performance data to PERC. 

Global Wind Day Puts Pressure on G8 Summit 

This Saturday, June 15, is Global Wind Day, and this year the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is asking people globally to put pressure on world leaders leading in to the G8 summit to keep their commitment to phase out fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy. MORE 
 Precision Pays

New Application Controls in the Making at Raven 

Staying on the cutting edge of precision agricultural technology isn't an easy thing to master, but the team at Raven Industries has done just that. During the 2013 Raven Inovation Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota numerous products were unveiled. Three of them fall into the category of application controls. MORE


Precision Pays Profile - Jerome Tschetter

Jerome Tshetter was one of the panelists during the Raven Innovation Summit Producer Panel. The event held earlier this week brought dealers, growers and agriculture media from across the globe together to hear all about the new products Raven Industries has on the market. MORE 



Pioneer Field360 Select Software

DuPont Pioneer is bringing the next generation of powerful Web-based field management tools to growers with the introduction of Pioneer Field360 Select software. This new subscription service combines field-by-field data with real-time agronomic and weather information to help growers make informed management decisions. MORE

National Pork Trade Update

The National Pork Producers Council held a telephone press conference this morning from Brussels, Belgium to discuss important trade issues related to U.S. pork, including the Chilean pork safeguard proceeding and the U.S. response, latest on U.S. Country of Origin Labeling and actions by Canada and Mexico, and progress on a U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. MORE

Farmer Cooperatives Washington Conference

 Interview with Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

The Senate has passed a farm bill once again, as it did last year, and now once again the burden falls on the House to pass their version to get the legislation into conference. Representative Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, a member of the House agriculture committee, is hopeful. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Boehner Supports Farm Bill Despite Dairy Provisions 


Speaker of the House John Boehner says he would vote for the House Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) of 2013, but intends to try and change the dairy provisions. MORE  



National Milk Producers Federation Names New CEO


The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) announced today that Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern will take over as President & Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2014. Mulhern has been appointed by the NMPF Board of Directors to fill the position held by Jerry Kozak since 1997. Earlier this year, Kozak had informed the Board of his desire to retire at the end of this year. MORE  

Register for Regional NMC Conference 


Register now for the National Mastitis Council (NMC) Regional Meeting, July 23-24, in Portland, Maine. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, July 16. MORE 
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