June 21, 2013  

Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week Cindy and ZimmComm summer intern Maggie Seiler attended the American Seed Trade Association convention in Nashville.  Maggie is turning into a really good agriblogger !  She even had to handle finishing up our ASTA coverage so Cindy could go to the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association World Forum in Atlanta, courtesy of Novus International. Chuck wasn't just sitting around though.  He has been to a quarterly NAMA Executive Committee mtg. in Labadie, MO, a mtg. with our first client, the Missouri Beef Industry Council and is on his way to Lake of the Ozarks for a weekend with the guys group that purchased the stay during last Fall's NAFB Foundation auction.  The ZimmComm team will get a short break after this busy week. We call it catch up time.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, " What is your opinion of Senate immigration bill?" From our poll results it looks like you want to see changes to the immigration bill.

Our poll results: Forty-one percent said Border Security First! Sixteen percent said Bad Deal Overall, Fourteen percent said Needs Improvement, eleven percent said Will Never Pass House, eight percent said Great For America, and six percent said Good For Agriculture and Other. Not many are happy with the immigration farm bill as it stands. We will see what changes are made as it advances to the next level.


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "How concerned are you about the government having your private data?" Recent information privacy scandals with the EPA and NSA have brought the issue of privacy to the forefront. A lot of agricultural information in digital form is being collected by various services, including the government. How do you feel about it now? 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     

Truth About Trade & Technology Update

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This is episode #400! Seems like a milestone in a weekly agricultural podcast. MORE


Update on Accord  

The 130th ASTA annual meeting gave attendees an opportunity to receive an update on the progress of the Accord initiative that is a joint effort of ASTA with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).  MORE


DuPont Exec Talks Food Security at IFAMA 

Food security was the topic for an address Wednesday to the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum by DuPont Executive Vice President Jim Borel. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Enzymes Trio Minimizes Inputs & Maximizes Profits

Novozymes made a big announcement during the recent Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) - they have launched a new enzyme technology that can increase ethanol yield from corn by up to 5 percent. According to Jack Rogers, bioenergy marketing manager, the technology also increases corn oil extraction by 13 percent while saving 8 percent energy. MORE


EU Votes In Favor of Biofuels 

A proposal from the European Commission that would limit the amount of food produced from biofuels made from food crops was amended today by the European Parliament industry, research and energy committee. 

Hydropower May Cause Unintended Consequences 

Findings from scientists from Oregon State University (OSU) conclude that small hydropower projects, supported by various nations and also the Kyoto Protocol to reduce GHG emissions, may cause unintended and potentially significant losses of habitat and biodiversity. The findings were reported in the journal Water Resources Research, in work supported by the National Science Foundation. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Insect Pressure is On 

It's been an interesting year for farmers this year with weather extremes and planting challenges, and bugs are getting in on the act as well. MORE


Ag Leader's Educator Training

Ag Leader's 4th annual Educator's Training will be held on Aug. 6-8 at Ag Leader Academy. The program is designed for institutions that are teaching precision ag practices to their students either in the classroom or in the field with the purpose of educating institutions on Ag Leader's various services and products, as well as to provide hands on demonstrations of Ag Leader's product lineup. MORE 



Researchers Develop Custom Product Testing

Custom research methods developed by DuPont Pioneer corn researchers to breed Optimum AQUAmax products are being used to target other yield-robbing, environmental and disease stresses. During the testing of Optimum AQUAmax products - which are helping farmers grow corn in stressful, water-limited environments - a research program, called managed stress environment testing, was developed. MORE

House Farm Bill Defeated

Despite an impassioned plea by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas to "move this bill forward" the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (FARRM) failed on a vote of 194 to 234, with 60 Republicans joining the majority of Democrats to defeat the House version of the farm bill. MORE

ICM 1.5 & 2.0 Technology Makes Most out of Ethanol

ICM, Inc.'s Generation 1.5 and 2.0 Integrated Fiber to Cellulosic Ethanol Technology that is helping produce cellulosic ethanol at existing grain ethanol plants. MORE

 Motorcycles and E15

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) held a press call to discuss motorcycles and E15. On the call were Robert White director of market development for RFA and Harley Davidson owner, as well as engine experts Bobby Likis and Bryan O'Neill. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Klippenstein Attends Immigration Panel 


Dairy Farmers of America's vice president of industry and legislative affairs, Jackie Klippenstein, served on the National Council of Farmer Cooperative's (NCFC) immigration reform panel. MORE  


Center Named for Long-Time Employee


Select Sires has dedicated and renamed its research and technology center the Marshall Technology Center, in honor of long-time Vice President of Quality Control and Research, Clif Marshall. MORE  

Deans Closing Shenandoah's Pride Plant 


Dean Foods Co. is closing its Shenandoah's Pride plant in Springfield, Va. MORE 
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