Aug 9, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team has been out and about this week. Cindy attended the Ag Media Summit and then traveled on to a BASF media event. Joanna attended the Ag & Food HR Roundtable. Chuck was in Sturgis, SD at the annual Motorcycle Rally before traveling to Denver for the Cattle Industry Summer Conference where he is still working as the Beef Board Blogger.  Pretty busy week in August!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do you think cellulosic ethanol can be commercialized?"

Our poll results:

Almost There 33%
It Already Is 26%
Could Be Someday 25%
Just A Fantasy 11%
No Clue 3%
Other 2%

According to our latest ZimmPoll results, most people believe that cellulosic ethanol, which can be made from agricultural waste or non-food crops, is already or soon to be commercialized.

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is the biggest growth area for ag jobs?" The agriculture industry continues to grow creating thousands of new jobs. Which ag area do you feel supplies the most jobs? Let us know.

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

Tim Thompson, FMC, Anthem "Stand and be Heard" Singing Contest
Markus Rediger, IFAJ president, The International Side of AMS

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

50 Years of Federation of State Beef Councils

This is the 50 year celebration of the Federation of State Beef Councils. No one has more knowledge of the history of the Beef Checkoff and the evolution of the industry groups than John Huston. John gave us a look back over the years at the people involved in the start of the first agricultural industry checkoff which was 5 cents per load of cattle (25 head) matched by packers way back when to today. MORE


Winging It at Ag Media Summit 

The 15th annual Ag Media Summit is breaking records in Buffalo, according to steering committee chairman Greg Horstmeier with DTN/The Progressive Farmer. MORE


Why Ag is a Noble Profession 

The agriculture industry would probably agree that they are a noble profession. But many on the outside don't see it that way, especially students getting ready to emerge from college and have started their job search. Yet according to Dr. Scott Vernon, a professor in the Agricultural Education and Communication Department at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California, the image of agriculture held by outsiders must change if the shortage of skilled candidates is going to be reversed.  MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Legends Ride Features Ethanol

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing and one of the highlights of the event is the 2013 Legends Ride. It began yesterday in Deadwood, South Dakota and ended at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground where the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is a sponsor. This is the site where RFA will also be pumping free 93 octane E10 today and tomorrow for riders. MORE


Study: E85 Can Help Break the Blend Wall 

According to a new analysis by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, the so-called ethanol "blend wall" can be overcome and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements can be met in 2014 and beyond through increased use of attractively-priced E85. The analysis is titled "Price It and They Will Buy: How E85 Can Break the Blend Wall."

The Pursuit of Greener Methanol 

A Lehigh University Research team is working to create a new method of producing renewable fuel. Supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, using only carbon dioxide, sunlight and water, the team is attempting to perfect a low-cost, environmentally friendly process that could enable the production of methanol-which can be used as fuel for cars, heating appliances, electricity generation and more-at commercial scale. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Big Balers for Big Jobs 

Now here is a new toy for all those commercial hay operations, straw contractors and owner-operators shipping world-wide.  MORE


Center-Pivot Discbine Mower-Conditioners


One of the six checkpoints we traveled through during New Holland Agriculture's First in the Field Media Event was on their new discbines. New Holland has taken discbines to a whole new level with even more durability and functionality with their two new center-pivot models. Discbine 313 and 316 are designed for cleaner cutting, more efficient crop flow and smoother, more effective conditioning. MORE 




Trimble Introduces New Agriculture App 

Trimble announced the Connected Farm Fleet app built to serve managers and technicians by enabling them to access their fleet information from any location. Using smartphones and tablets, the app enables the fleet management portion of Trimble's industry-leading Connected Farm Web solution to go mobile. With the app, managers can track the location of vehicles, receive geo-fence and curfew alerts, analyze vehicle status, and view historical positions. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Schmitt Crowned Iowa Dairy Princess 




Congratulations to Mariah Schmitt, the newly crowned Iowa Dairy Princess! MORE 

"The Rock" Stars in Latest Milk Mustache Ad


Actor, producer, athlete and author Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson knows the importance of protein to fuel his days - juggling work, family time and fitness. With no time to slow down, he starts each morning with milk to help power his potential and set the stage for whatever the world may throw his way.  MORE  
DBA Plans Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party


Packer fans will soon brush off their green and gold for the Dairy Business Association's 13th Annual Green Bay Packer Tailgate Party. The Packers will take on the Seattle Seahawks in an exciting pre-season game on Friday, August 23rd at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. MORE 
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