Sep 20, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The National Agri-Marketing Association held a tremendous Fall Conference this week in St. Louis and Chuck was there.  You can listen to this year's Professional Development Awards of Excellence winners and more via his coverage on AgWired with more still to come.

The ZimmComm team gets a little bit of a break before Cindy heads to Minnesota next week for a Growth Energy/New Holland event.  Chuck will be taking a few days to do some prep work on his new deer hunting lease.  So stay tuned for a lot more to come as we cover what's new in the world of agribusiness!

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

Iowa Board of Regent Head Promotes Ag Education
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network
 AgWired  AgWired     

2013 NAMA Fall Conference

The 2013 NAMA Fall Conference is underway in St. Louis and attendance is great with about 200 registered! That's the most since sometime way back when it was the Issues Forum and held in Washington, DC. How many of you remember that? MORE


Nutrition Bill Passes House 

All Democrats voted against the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, but nearly all Republicans voted for it, enough to pass the bill that finally completes the House work on a farm bill. MORE


Argentina's Export Tariffs 

During the IFAJ Congress, I was very surprised to learn that Argentina has export tariffs on a number of agricultural commodities, including corn and soybeans. I understand import tariffs, but export tariffs would seem to do nothing but hurt a country's agricultural industry. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Growth Energy Pleased with New Holland Support

At the 2013 Farm Progress Show, representatives from Growth Energy were pleased to be part of the New Holland Club Blue event for dealers and customers. MORE


API's Broken Record 

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has submitted a report to Congress regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and according to Bob Greco, API's downstream group director, the RFS is "broken beyond repair".

Gas Prices Stuck at $3 and Above 

Today marks the 1,000th day in a row that gas prices have been above $3 per gallon. While ethanol provides drivers savings while filling up, AAA says that these gas prices are here to stay. MORE 
 Precision Pays

What's New In Herbicide Products at Bayer 

Bayer CropScience is making the fight against weeds a little easier with their soybean herbicide products. The recent Farm Progress Show was a great outlet to share the new and exciting products available for growers nationwide.  MORE


Ag Leader SMS Water Management


We told you about the new SMS Water Management Module from Ag Leader Technology earlier this month, but we actually got a demonstration of what it can do at Farm Progress Show. MORE 


MTS Sensors Advance Precision Farming Technology 

A leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors has announced multiple enabling technologies for the precision agriculture industry, including position feedback sensors to enhance the performance of GPS-guided systems. MORE



Poll: 8 in 10 Want E15 At Pump 

Fuels America released a poll today that gauged consumer opinions of E15
, a 15% ethanol, 85% gasoline fuel blend currently sold in nine states in the U.S. The poll comes on the heels of E15s re-entrance into the American fuel market earlier this week. E15 was approved for use in vehicles 2001 or later nearly 14 months ago and today 40 stations are selling E15 at the pump, on average between 10-20 cents less per gallon than regular gasoline. MORE


Monsanto "Follow-A-Field" Initiative Interview 

Monsanto is encouraging farmers to "Follow-A-Field" in order to learn more about the next innovation in soybean and cotton weed control. MORE 


NAMA Fall Conference 

The annual fall conference for the National Agri-Marketing Association was held in St. Louis September 17-18 with theme of "Engage, Energize, Empower." Photos and audio from the event are posted here. MORE 

 World Dairy Diary  



New Checkoff Website     


Head over to the new dairy checkoff website to learn more about the programs Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) manages. MORE 

USDA Report Shows DMI Impacts Sales


Dairy checkoff partnerships formed by Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) have a positive impact on sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual Report to Congress. MORE  
Powel-Smith Joins DuPont


Congratulations to Bill Powel-Smith, who has joined DuPont Pioneer as a dairy specialist in northern Wisconsin. MORE 
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