Aug 16, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It has been a little bit of a catch up week for the ZimmComm team as we have continued to publish interviews from some the events we covered last week.  However, this week our Jamie Johansen is attending the NAMA Boot Camp while Cindy is off to North Carolina with BIVI for their annual Swine Health Seminar.  A busy summer keeps on rolling.

Our internship program kicked off at the beginning of the summer, giving a young college student interested in agriculture communications a chance to get their feet wet in the industry. Now the ZimmComm team would like to introduce our new intern for this fall.

Kristyn Stidham, grew up raising registered Angus cattle and growing pecans on her family's farm in Welch, Oklahoma. She currently attends Missouri State University and will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Agriculture Communications. Throughout her college career she has written for the William H. Darr School of Agriculture's Ag Review Journal and worked with the media team during the Missouri State FFA Convention. After graduation, Kristyn, plans to obtain a career in public relations for a agricultural based company while sharing her agriculture story.

Kristyn will jump onto the agri-blogging trail with us as we attend the Farm Progress Show at the end of August. You will also see her at other events throughout the fall snapping pictures and gathering interviews.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is the biggest growth area for ag jobs?"

Our poll results:

� Precision Technology 22%
� Management & Biotechnology 17%
� Agronomy 13%
� Biofuels, Engineering & Media 9%
� Advertising/PR 4%

If you are looking for a job in agriculture, or seeking to fill a position in your company or organization, check out

With the constant negative pushback from activists regarding the techniques and technologies being used to increase yields in both crops and livestock, our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question "How important are biotechnology and antibiotics for food production?"

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Farm Bureau Discusses Cyngus Acquisition

Since we are in a busy agriblogging month, you get a double dose of the ZimmCast this week, with a second podcast about an important recent announcement in the agribusiness world. MORE


BASF DPM is a Gator 

Dr. Brianne Reeves with BASF Crop Protection has a DPM from the University of Florida - that would be a plant doctor, not a foot doctor. MORE


Monsanto Press Release Hoax 

A very official looking release came in by email today with the headline "Mexico Grants Monsanto Approval To Plant Large-Scale GM Corn Fields." It had technical details about varieties and quotes from Monsanto and Mexican officials.  MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

In Center Ring: Biofuels Versus Big Oil

The National Conference of State Legislators kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday and today the group has invited Geoff Cooper with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) along with Patrick Kelly of the American Petroleum Institute (API) to debate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to Cooper, the invitation was extended because state legislators want to learn more about the program and how it affects its constituents throughout their states. MORE


Patriot Renewable Fuels: A 5 Year Retrospective 

Patriot Renewable Fuels based in Annawan, Illinois came online on August 31, 2008, during the first financial crisis of the industry and the beginning of the financial crisis in America. But this didn't keep the biorefinery from success, and later this month the plant is celebrating its fifth anniversary. I spoke to Gene Griffith today to get a retrospective on the landscape of the ethanol industry then and now.


Penn State Offers Renewable Energy Degree 

Penn State is now offering an online master's degree in renewable energy and sustainability systems beginning this fall. Elsevier Publishing ranks Penn State first among universities engaged in alternative energy research. MORE 
 Precision Pays

FMC Announces Anthem Finalists 

You could call it "Rural America's Got Talent." After six months, 185 entries and a round of online voting and judging, FMC Corporation has announced the final four contestants in the Anthem "Stand and be Heard" Singing Contest. MORE


Agrisure Duracade E-Z Refuge Trait Stacks


Syngenta announced that the EPA has approved the Agrisure Duracade™ 5122, E-Z Refuge� and Agrisure Duracade 5222, E-Z Refuge trait stacks. These single-bag refuge products will provide growers with unmatched corn rootworm protection plus a convenient 5 percent integrated refuge. MORE 


Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability 

The Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields. MORE



GROWMARK Report on Commodity Prices Drivers 

A new report from GROWMARK Research debunks the commonly accepted notion that demand from China is driving global commodity prices.  MORE


2013 North American AgCareers HR Roundtable 

AgCareer's 2013 North American Ag & Food HR Roundtable, kicked off in Johnston, Iowa last week, the home of global agricultural powerhouse and event host, DuPont Pioneer. Each year the event continues to grow as HR managers and university representatives get a chance to network on job recruiting, hiring and retention tips. MORE 

Southern Weed Science Society Contest 

BASF hosted the 34th annual Southern Weed Science Society Weed Contest this year at the company's research farm in North Carolina where 54 students from eight southern universities participated.  MORE 

 World Dairy Diary  



New Clover Has Multiple Weed Resistance 



Texas A&M AgriLife Research recently released Blackhawk, a new arrowleaf clover promising high forage production with improved disease resistance. MORE 

More Dairy - More Muscle Mass


A recent study found that older women who consumed more dairy had more muscle mass and greater physical performance than women who consumed less dairy.  MORE  
DFO Spearheads Industry Innovation Partnership


Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has a long-standing commitment to supporting research and innovation. This commitment is being realized as DFO spearheads an effort to create an industry innovation partnership that will help ensure a healthy long-term future for the Ontario and Canadian dairy industry. MORE 
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