Oct 25, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

For all you agnerds out there this was an exciting week.  First of all Apple announced new iPads and Macbook Pros.  You can still watch the livestream of the event.  Nokia and Microsoft also announced new devices and Samsung had done so just recently too.  Lots to choose from out there and more and more ag apps becoming available!

This week Chuck traveled to Boston for the USFRA's Food Dialogues event.  He just got back and will be sharing interviews with panelists on   He'll get a break next week (sort of) since it's time for his annual deer hunt which he's titling, "The Rustler."  Keep you eye out for more on that topic!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is most important to you when buying food?" Given the economy, it's not surprising that price won out in our poll, but it also tied with whatever you're hungry for. Maybe it just depends on your mood!

Our poll results:
Price - 29%
Whatever I'm hungry for - 29%
Organic - 14%
Brand - 12%
Other - 9%
 Special diet - 7%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Does farm size matter?" which was also the topic of the USFRA Food Dialogues in Boston this week. Increasingly, consumers are hearing they should be concerned about the size of farms, and may be making purchasing decisions without understanding how food is grown and raised on farms of any size. What do you think? 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     

John Deere Supports Global Harvest Initiative

One of the many agricultural companies represented at the World Food Prize symposium last week in Des Moines was John Deere, which is a member of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) along with companies such as Elanco, DuPont Pioneer, and Monsanto. MORE


Future of Ag Technology and Investment 

Executives from DuPont Pioneer, Elanco and Monsanto all participated in a panel discussion at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue last week on "Research and Returns: The Future of Agricultural Technology and Investment." MORE


People Who Love Bugs Who Eat Bugs 

The past president of the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, Tamara Leigh, shows off her Bekina Boots in this photo with several researchers. Tamara was presenting them with a thank you gift for taking time to meet with us. We were assembled in the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre during a stop on our CFWF farm tour. The Centre conducts research into integrated pest management, horticultural practices and nutrient management in berries, field crops and greenhouse vegetables. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Global Farmers Learn Value of Ethanol

Each year during World Food Prize week, the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable brings farmers from all over the world to visit Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa. MORE


Genscape Invokes NASA for Updated Corn Yield Forecast 

As the federal government and its agencies begin to ramp up from a mandated furlough, Genscape is filling the gap by using NASA satellite data. The company has released an updated October corn yield forecast of 13.3 billion bushels. The company has noted that other analysts, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), have wide gaps in their predictions ranging from 13.2 billion bushels of corn produced during the 2013 growing season, to 14.2 billion bushels of corn.

EcoEngineers Receives "Waste Stream" Funding 

EcoEngineers has been awarded a State Energy Program Formula grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to conduct a feasibility study of waste-to-energy projects in Iowa. The grant will enable EcoEngineers to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of converting biogenic waste streams from Iowa's agricultural, livestock and industrial operations and municipal solid waste into renewable natural gas (biogas). MORE 
 Precision Pays

Aussies Use Technology on Farm 

Australian farmer Andrew Weidemann along with his wife and youngest son attended the Wold Food Prize with Truth About Trade and Technologies (TATT) Global Farmer Roundtable. While chatting with Andrew outside of his roundtable role, I learned more about life on his farm in Victoria.  He and his brother are in a partnership along with their families.  They are also involved with a local beer company supplying the barley for Australia's Finest Barley. MORE


UF/IFAS Irrigation Apps


The University of Florida has released three smart device apps of interest to those in the irrigation business, and for the time being, users can download them for free. MORE 

Mobile Grain Trading by CHS 

CHS, Inc. just announced a new app for mobile grain trading agnerds. This sounds pretty handy. So here's another app tool for your device and speaking of devices, there are lots more new ones to choose from like the new iPads announced by Apple this week! MORE



House Passes WRRDA 

By a vote of 417 to 3 on Wednesday, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), a bill that includes provisions to update locks and dams on the nation's transportation waterways critical to agricultural trade. MORE


Animal Ag Alliance Teleconference  

Today the Animal Agriculture Alliance hosted a teleconference with various third-party experts to discuss industry improvements presented in the report "Advances in Animal Agriculture; What the Center for a Livable Future, Pew Commission and Others Aren't Telling You About Food Production." (pdf) MORE


Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Announcment 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association today announced a new collaborative venture that joins two leading industry trade show experiences - Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Expo & Summit. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



U.S. Dairy 'More Export-Savvy'    


U.S. dairy exports could hit $6.5 billion in 2013 on the back of efforts by the increasingly "export-savvy" U.S. dairy industry to capitalize on "favorable" market conditions, the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has claimed. MORE 

Tipton Has Died


E. Linwood "Tip" Tipton, the first president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, died on Saturday at the age of 78 after a yearlong illness. MORE  
The Milk Gap


Elanco president Jeff Simmons received the 2013 Borlaug CAST Communication Award this year at the World Food Prize and used the opportunity to talk about the difference two glasses of milk can make. MORE 

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