Aug 2, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy are getting ready to hit the agriblogging highway and they may see you somewhere. Cindy is heading out first to the Ag Media Summit in Buffalo, NY courtesy of our sponsor, FMC and then traveling to the BASF Media Event in RTP, NC.  Chuck takes off next for Sturgis, SD where he'll be working with the Renewable Fuels Association which is partnered once again with the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground for this year's motorcycle rally.  He'll travel from there to the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver. Look for lots of interesting news and information this coming week.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "How many ag-related apps do you have?"

Our poll results:
1-5 44%
None 31%
5-10 16%
More than 15 6%
10-15 3%

That means that almost 70% of you have at least one ag-related app. And the number of ag-related apps for smart phones and tablets continues to grow - from news and information, to markets and products, you name it. Find out more about what's out there in this recent ZimmCast.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Do you think cellulosic ethanol can be commercialized?" For those of you who may not know, cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from wood, grasses, or the inedible parts of plants. It is a major part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with the goal of using more non-food sources to make biofuels. Some recent announcements include a plant in Vero Beach, Florida and a new bolt-on process to allow existing corn ethanol plants to produce ethanol from the cellulosic parts of corn. But some call it a "phantom fuel" that will never come to fruition - what do you think?

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

AgEagle Tractor Tuff Robotic Aircraft

In this week's program we're going to learn about a new term for UAV's or unmanned aerial vehicles. I had a conversation with Bret Chilcott, AgEagle, who refers to them as "robotic aircraft" which are tractor tuff. MORE


AgriVisor Helps Market Grain to Maximize Profitability 

Grain marketing in today's world means diversification and minimizing risk to maximize profitability, and AgriVisor helps farmers do just that. Account manager Cory Winstead says there are several ways they work with farmers. "We work directly with brokerage services and then since 1973 AgriVisor has been putting out general advice with recommendations," he said. They also work with elevators, offering different products and services that farmers can utilize. MORE


GROWMARK FS Websites Get Updates 

The 35 FS member cooperatives of the GROWMARK system are getting updated websites to better serve their customers and farmer-owners.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Ethanol Report on ACE Project

This edition of "The Ethanol Report" features comments from the groundbreaking of a new cellulosic project in Galva, Iowa where first and second generations of ethanol are literally 'bolted' together. Quad County Corn Processors biorefinery broke ground Monday on its Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project and this report includes comments from plant general manager Delayne Johnson, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen and Congressman Steve King (R-IA). MORE


Mercer County Community College Goes Solar 

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) located in West Windsor, New Jersey is going solar. The project was developed by MasTec, who selected Solectria Renewables' SGI 500 inverters for the 8MW solar system located on a 45 parcel of land. The project is estimated to save MCCC nearly $750,000 in energy costs per year.

1st Offshore Wind Lease Sale in U.S. 

The United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its first-ever offshore wind lease sale, leasing 164,750 acres off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The area was divided into two leases, the North Lease Area, which consists of about 97,500 acres, and the South Lease Area, covering approximately 67,250 acres. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Ag Leader Continues to Invest in Developing Dealers 

Over the course of the past couple of years, Ag Leader has watched how the computer industry and the way they host peer groups in an effort to educate dealers and facilitate idea-sharing sessions, trying to see if it was a good fit for the precision agriculture industry. MORE


Precision Pays Podcast: Ag Apps

Apps on our smartphones and tablets make our lives much simpler.  Brian Arnall is the precision nutrient management extension specialist for Oklahoma State.  Earlier this month he presented at the 2013 InfoAg Conference on precision agriculture.  Arnall's presentation focused on agricultural applications. MORE 




Make Plans to Attend the 12th ICPA 

The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) is pleased to announce the 12th International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, California, USA from July 20-23, 2014. MORE

New Holland Ag Hay & Forage Media Event

Earlier this week New Holland Ag hosted a First in the Field event where ag media got an up close and personal view of their new hay and forage products in the 2014 lineup. MORE
Quad County Corn Processors "ACE" Groundbreaking

The Quad County Corn Processors, located in Galva, IA, is a forward-thinking ethanol plant. On July 29, 2013, the biorefinery broke ground on its "bolt-on" cellulosic facility. When the technology goes online in spring 2014, Quad County Corn Processors will be the first plant in the country to produce corn-based ethanol, fiber-based cellulosic ethanol, distillers grains and corn oil all from the same kernel of corn. MORE
 Agriculture Secretary at IA Farm Bureau Summit

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressed the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation 2013 Economic Summit on Monday, July 22, in Ames, Iowa. The secretary touched on a number of topics including climate change, conservation, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the need for a long term food, farm and jobs bill. Afterward, Vilsack held a press conference where he answered questions mainly about the farm bill and immigration reform. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Entry Call for Dairy Innovations Award  


The International Dairy Foods Association has opened submissions for the IDFA Dairy Innovations Awards. At the 2013 International Dairy Show, IDFA will award winners in the following award categories. MORE 

What Does Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Say About You?


Baskin-Robbins is keeping its celebration of National Ice Cream Month going by revealing what a person's favorite ice cream flavor says about them!  MORE  
Feed-O-Meter Feeding Behavior Monitoring System


ANIMART, Inc. announces the recent addition of Feed-O-Meter™ to the Track a))) Cow™ electronic heat detection system. Feed-O-Meter™ creates a 10-day behavior history measuring feeding behavior including visits to and total amount of time spent at the feed bunk. Deviation from the 10 day average can indicate health problems and animals that may need additional care. This system can also help identify mis-grouped animals on an operation. These reports are sent immediately to producers' device of choice for analysis. MORE 
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