Oct 11, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

It's a special time of the year to think about food.  Next week we have the annual World Food Day which was started by the FAO and also the World Food Prize activities which Cindy will be attending in Des Moines, IA.  We like to think of every day as food day!

This week Chuck attended a John Deere API Integrators Conference along with well over a hundred other agnerds.  For those of you who don't know, API stands for application programming interface.

Deere announced that they are opening up their API to companies who want to develop applications that will integrate with MyJohnDeere data.  The idea is that these companies, working with Deere, will develop many useful software applications that will make MyJohnDeere data more useful and easier to use for customers.  Chuck interviewed quite a few of the attendees and presenters, all of which are being posted onto and on where they'll be available to all ag media.

You may or may not have heard about the tragedy in South Dakota from an early season snow storm that has killed thousands of head of cattle.  A donation point has been created by the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association and other groups to provide support and relief assistance.  You can find the online form to make a donation if you'd like here.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Is there a difference between animal welfare and animal rights?" Per the dictionary definition, animal welfare is the physical and psychological well-being of animals; animal rights is the idea that some or all nonhuman animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives, and that their most basic interests - such as an interest in not suffering - should be afforded the same consideration as the similar interests of human beings. Looks like the majority of you are aware of the difference between the two.

Our poll results:

Yes, different definitions - 56%
Similar but not same - 26%
Other - 10%
No, mean the same thing - 8%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Is shutdown affecting you?" We want to know if you can tell a difference in your daily work, those issues affecting you and your family, or if you really can't tell a difference. Let us know!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:



 AgWired  AgWired     

Canadian Farm Writers' Federation in Growth Mode

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week's program we're going to learn about the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation from the past President and the new President. MORE

ZimmCast Changing the Skyscape 

We were welcomed to the John Deere API Integrator Conference today in the beautiful World Food Prize building which will be very busy next week for the annual WFP event. To get a preview of what John Deere is doing here by bringing in representatives from 50 companies from 8 countries and 3 continents I spoke with Chuck Schleusner. MORE


BASF Helping to Fight Weed Resistance Globally 

Weed resistance is an increasing problem on a global scale, but BASF vice president for global research herbicides Jordi Tormo says the problem in the United States really stands out. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

DuPont on Agri-Pulse: Future for Advanced Biofuels

An executive for DuPont is predicting a bright future for advanced biofuels. During a recent podcast on Agri-Pulse, James C. Collins, Jr., senior vice president for DuPont's Industrial Biosciences, Performance Polymers and Packaging & Industrial Polymers businesses, says he is excited about the future of his company's new generation cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa and advanced biofuels in general. MORE


NREL Calculates Emissions, Cost of Wind & Solar 

According to new research from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that carbon emissions induced by more frequent cycling are negligible (<0.2%) when compared with the carbon reductions achieved through wind and solar power generation. Cycling occurs when a utility, to accommodate higher amounts of wind and solar power on the electric grid, must ramp down and ramp up or stop and start conventional generators more frequently to provide reliable power.

Canada to Create Wind Energy Growth Plan  

During the Wind Energy Across Canada meeting this week, the Industry Leaders Panel during the plenary session agreed that the country's wind energy industry is well positioned to build on its rapid growth to date and strong prospects for the next few years. However, for this to happen, there is a need to define the policy framework that will inform new electricity supply choices for the next decade. MORE 
 Precision Pays

John Deere Making Data Transfer Easier 

During the John Deere API Integrator Conference I met Jeff Barnes, farm technology manager for Greenway Equipment, a John Deere dealership. He says yesterday's announcements from John Deere of their new portal and the MyJohnDeere Data API is a big step for the company. I talked with him to get his perspective on what the company is doing. MORE


BASF Innovation Specialists


Grower engagement on both the people and services level is important for BASF Crop Protection to ensure they are doing all they can to help farmers grow smarter, market smarter and live smarter. MORE 




GPS Used to Track Pollination Patterns of Bees 

Miniature wireless sensors attached to bumblebees could soon give researchers real-time data on their pollination patterns. This story from Oregon State University says researchers at the school are planning to build sensors that will track how the bees pollinate fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, tomatoes and dozens of other staples. MORE



How Shutdown is Impacting Ethanol Industry 

The nation's capitol is "so quiet you can hear a pin drop" but the American Petroleum Institute (API) is still working to beat the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the government shutdown means E15 retailers are unable to get approval. MORE



John Deere API Integrator Conference  

This week John Deere held its API Integrator Conference in Des Moines, IA at the World Food Prize building. MORE

Interview with Chuck Schleusner, John Deere, Conf. Preview - Podcast

Interview with Jeff Barnes, Greenway Equipment - Podcast

Interview with Sheila Turnbull, Conference Coordinator - Podcast

 World Dairy Diary  



Hollay Promoted at NMPF  


Congratulations to John Hollay who has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Government Relations at National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). MORE 

Doc Snider Newest Honorary Klussendorf Member


Congratulations to Dr. Gerald Snider, Goshen, Ind., for being named the 15th Honorary Member of the Klussendorf Association. MORE  
Holstein is Supreme at 2013 Expo


Congratulations to Ty-D Holsteins, Drolet & Fils, Ferme Jacobs, A. & R. Boulet, Inc. of Cap-Sante, Quebec for winning the Supreme Champion title with their Holstein cow, Bonaccueil Maya Goldwyn. MORE 
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