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Nov 1, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck is on his annual deer hunt this week in Georgia for the inaugural Crystal Pig Hunt Club Rustler Hunt. Cindy has been following the Farm Bill conference committee this week and otherwise enjoying some downtime at ZimmComm World Headquarters. We'll be back on the road soon!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Does farm size matter?" On Food Day, Oct. 24, 2013, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance hosted a panel, "Farm Size: Does It Really Matter?" at the State Room in Boston to discuss the differences and similarities between large and small farms, and how farm size and ownership affect consumers' food-purchasing decisions. You can watch the full video here to see if the panelists agreed with what most of you thought:  size doesn't matter as long as it's sustainable.
 
Our poll results:
         No, as long as sustainable - 38%
         No, all are needed - 35%
         Yes, it's big vs. small - 15%
         Yes, bigger needed to feed growing population - 10%
         Other - 3%
 
Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What's the biggest threat to getting the farm bill done?" Is nutrition the hang-up, or is it agriculture? Let us know!

Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

The Young Agrarian Community


Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week's program we're going to talk about Young Agrarians. During the 2013 Canadian Farm Writers' Federation conference you met Sara Dent from a presentation she did at our opening reception. MORE
 

ZimmCast 


Farm Size Dialogue Gives All A Voice 

U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance once again brought up a hot topic in the agriculture and food industry for experts and industry leaders to discuss. Farm size was the topic for last week's Boston Food Dialogues. And the man with maybe the toughest job for the day was Alan Bjerga, who's role was moderator. MORE

Podcast

Taking Responsibility for Growing Food 

Soybean and pork farmer from Columbus, Nebraska, Bill Luckey, served as a panelist for the Boston Food Dialogues. His family farm includes 600 crop acres, cattle, sows and finishing hogs. Bill also serves on the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Board of Directors and several committees. Bill is lucky that his kids are home running the combine so he was able to attend the event. MORE

Podcast
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Clarity Needed in Energy Subsidies Debate

Attempts to compare subsidies for different energies in the UK are "apples to oranges" and muddle a skewed debate further, the CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said today. With the European Commission preparing guidance on public intervention in energy markets, EWEA is calling for greater clarity and more transparency on public support. MORE 

OPEI Launches Look Before You Pump 


The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently announced their new national ethanol education and consumer protection campaign, called 'Look Before You Pump'. OPEI said the campaign cautions consumers against the use of E15 or higher ethanol blends in outdoor power equipment such as mowers, chain saws, snow throwers, generators and other small engine products.
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Legislation to Eliminate Corn Ethanol A "Killer" 

Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Coburn (R-OK) are introducing legislation to eliminate conventional biofuels from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to a story first published by Greenwire, the impending bill would leave the advanced biofuel targets in place, but would eliminate the corn-based ethanol target. MORE 
 
 
 Precision Pays

Precision Pays Podcast: Why technology is a good thing 

Big farms or small farms?  Does using technology in agriculture mean its bad?  These are just some of the questions consumers are trying to find answers to when it comes to agriculture and food production. MORE

Podcast  

Pre-harvest Calibrations, During Harvest

 

Farmers across the Midwest are in the thick of corn harvest right now, but still keep in mind that there are some pre-harvest calibrations that you should run. Even if you don't think you need to recalibrate everything on the combine, it is a good idea to check to make sure everything is functioning properly. MORE 


Practice with Farming Stimulator 

There's a new farming "game" coming to a Playstation or Xbox near you just in time for your holiday shopping. MORE

 
  

  

RFA CEO on AAA, EPA, RFS, and RVO  

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and CEO Bob Dinneen fears "the Obama Administration is about to make a huge mistake" in lowering the volume requirements (RVO) for ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE

Podcast


 

USFRA Boston Food Dialogues 


This week the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held a Food Dialogues event in Boston, MA. You can find out more about it on their website. The event was moderated by Bloomberg News' Alan Bjerga and the topic was "Farm Size: Does It Really Matter." The event took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at the State Room on Thursday. MORE



WDDMark 
 World Dairy Diary  

   

  

Dairy Data Highlights Available      

 

The latest addition of Dairy Data Highlights from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is available. The handy, pocket-size booklet includes 53 tables and 19 graphs filled with national and state milk and dairy production data from the mid-1970s through 2012. MORE 


Goodby Recounts Creation of "got milk"

 

It's the 20th anniversary of the "got milk?" campaign. Jeff Goodby of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners talks about how the tagline was created. MORE  
Great Lakes Cheese to Open Tenn. Plant

  

Great Lakes Cheese will invest $100 million to open its first Southeast manufacturing facility in Manchester, Tenn. MORE 

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