July 19, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy are attending the 2013 Southern Peanut Growers Conference in Panama City Beach, FL right now.  This will be the 6th year they've been the media content producers for the SPGC Conference Blog, sponsored by Ag Technologies.  Earlier this week Chuck covered the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture courtesy of Ag Leader Technology.  This conference will now become an annual conference and next year be on July 1-3 in St. Louis, MO.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do you watch or want to watch live or recorded ag news television programs online?" Most responding definitely do.

Our poll results: 

39% said Yes, I Currently Do
36% said Yes, Need To Find Them
25% said No, Don't Have Time or Interest

Online viewing continues to grow especially with more and better mobile technology. 

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What use would you have for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle?" That would be UAV for short - better known as drones, but the industry doesn't like to use that word because it has a negative connotation. Nevertheless, we're talking about small, remote-controlled aircraft that can be used to get a bird's eye view of the land, capturing either still photos or video or both, or even live streaming as well as many other functions like checking on soil and nutrient values. Is that something you could use on your operation? Let us know.  UAV's were the buzz at this week's InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture in Springfield, IL.

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Analyzing Social Media

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. You agrimarketers out there are sure including social media in your strategies judging by the audience I had at the 2013 InfoAg Conference session on the topic. I asked for a show of hands if they had a company Twitter account and almost everyone raised their hand, the same when I asked if they had a company Facebook page. MORE


2013 InfoAg Conference Sets Record Attendance 

It's all good at the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture. Attendance is at a record above 1,100 at current count. Two years ago it was at 700! And now the conference is moving to every year and will be in St. Louis, MO in 2014, Union Station Hilton, July 1-3.  MORE


Podcast Tell the Story of Iowa Ag During RAGBRAI 

The annual Des Moines Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is just around the corner and this year riders can learn about Iowa agriculture through a series of podcasts, coined "Iowa Agcasts".  MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Corn Growers Talking RFS in DC

Members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) from across the country are in Washington this week to discuss policy issues and visit with lawmakers about a number of topics, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE


Gas Prices Predicted to Spike 

Summer driving season is nearing its peak and as events continue to unfold in Egypt, gas prices are again expected to spike. To learn more about the reasons behind rising fuel prices, Fuels America hosted a media briefing with several energy experts to provide a panoramic view of the real drivers behind volatile gas prices.


RCS Hearing One-Sided 

The Republican Study Committee's Energy Task Force held an informational hearing discussing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on July 17, 2013. MORE 
 Precision Pays

GROWMARK on the CTIC Tour 

Kilgus Dairy in Fairbury, Illinois was the venue for the nutrient management portion of CTIC's 2013 Conservation in Action Tour last week. This part of the tour was sponsored by GROWMARK, Inc., which is a strong promoter of the 4Rs - using the right nutrient source at the right time and right rate and in the right place. MORE


Keeping Nitrogen in Fields Farmers' Priority, Too

Contrary to what seems to be reported many times, farmers don't want to see their field nutrients washed on down the river to contribute to some "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. MORE 




Genscape Recreates 2013 Corn Yield Projections

Genscape, the market leader in deploying patented and proprietary technologies specifically designed to capture fundamental data and increase transparency in otherwise opaque commodity markets, announces the results of recreating the USDA's corn yield projections for the 2013 season and is issuing a cautionary alert to corn buyers, traders and other market participants. MORE

Senate Ag Chair Pushes House on Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) held a conference call with reporters on Monday urging the House to take that action before time runs out. MORE

Swine Link 2013

Swine Link is a network for women, by women hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim/BIVI. Several women in swine medicine (vets) met in Des Moines, Iowa July 12-13, 2013 to discuss experiences as women in the swine industry, network and learn about some of the current issues of the industry. MORE
 Surmountable Blend Wall

Fuels America hosted a briefing on the Hill (Washington, D.C.) to give an update on the so-called "blend wall," on July 11, 2013. Energy experts and biofuel industry representatives discussed the need to provide consumer choice at the pump. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Holstein Convention Wrap-Up 


Holstein Association USA members met for their 128th Annual Business Meeting on July 10 and 11, as a part of the 2013 National Holstein Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The 2014 Convention will be held June 25-28, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. MORE 

Allen Rejoins Bio-Vet


Bio-Vet, Inc., announces that K. William (Bill) Allen has rejoined the company as Business Development Manager. Allen will focus his efforts primarily in areas and markets not currently served by a Bio-Vet regional sales representative. MORE  

New Solution for Cleaning Bulk Tanks 


With the introduction of new SUPERKLEEN™, dairy producers now have an efficient and economical solution to cleaning bulk tanks and CIP systems.  MORE 
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