Nov 22, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Most of the ZimmComm team is in post-NAFB recovery.  We conducted a record number of interviews which you'll be finding all over the ZimmComm News Network.  Chuck got back out on the agriblogging highway this week for the MFA, Inc. Annual Mtg. and 100 Yr. Celebration in Sedalia, MO.  He's back and cradling his new iPad Air.  You'll probably see him write about that experience on AgWired soon!

In advance of Thanksgiving week our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "How do you show food thanks?"

Our poll results:

Thank a farmer in person - 32%
Via social media - 26%
Donating to a local food bank - 16%
Nothing - 16%
Invite people out to your farm - 5%
Other - 5%

We are wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving season. 

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What is your opinion on the EPA lowering biofuels requirements?" The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released its proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel. The release has prompted a deluge of commentary from both sides of the biofuels issue. But what do you think - is it good for refiners and bad for ag and the economy? Let us know!

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

And you'll find a lot more!

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     
Classic + Ag Connect = Really Big Show

With corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum growers all part of the Commodity Classic, who thought it could get any bigger?  MORE


Thanks to FMC for NAFB Trade Talk 

It's really hard to describe the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's annual Trade Talk to someone who has never experienced it. Farm broadcasters often refer to it as "running the gauntlet" in the quest to visit with as many of the exhibitors as possible in the short six hours Trade Talk is open. Spokespersons for the various companies and organizations exhibiting can do dozens of interviews in that time span. It's challenging, fun, informative, rewarding, and exhausting. There's really nothing else like it. MORE


Small Numbers but Growing Market 

Herd numbers are down this year in the beef community, but enthusiasm is high. Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Chairman, Weldon Wynn was on hand at this year's Trade Talk during the NAFB Convention. There is no doubt that the checkoff dollar is slim, but Weldon said they are making that dollar stretch. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Questions About EPA Authority for RFS Waiver

Even before the Environmental Protection Agency officially released its proposed 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), questions arose about whether the EPA is overstepping its authority. MORE


Cellic Ctec Enzyme Featured in Cellulosic Plant  

t was only a few weeks ago that one of the largest, if not the largest commercial scale advanced biofuel facility in the world using enzymatic technology marked the official opening in Crescentino, Italy. The project partners included global companies Beta Renewables and Novozymes.


World Energy Scenarios Report: More Must Be Done  

COP-19 is taking place in Warsaw, Poland and today the World Energy Council (WEC) released a new report, "World Energy Scenarios: Composing energy futures in 2050." The world is set to face several significant challenges in balancing global energy needs in addressing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma. MORE 
 Precision Pays

Hick Chick Chat with MachineryLink 

Welcome to the very first installment of the Hick Chick Chat, with me, Leah Guffey, @the_hickchick. We plan for this to be a regular feature here on Precision Pays to chat about precision technology and equipment on the farm. MORE


Raven's Commitment to Innovative Tech


Raven Industries is always working on something. During the recent NAFB Convention's Trade Talk, I met up with Raven's Marketing and Business Development Manager, Ryan Molitor. He expressed Raven's desire to continue to add new technologies to the precision marketplace as well as improve on their existing products. MORE  



NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award Entries 

The 24th annual Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) has officially opened its nomination season for 2014. Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen's Foundation (NCF) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the program has recognized the outstanding stewardship practices and conservation achievements of U.S. cattle producers for more than two decades. MORE



MFA, Inc. - 100 Years Annual Mtg.       

The oldest farmer owned cooperative in the United States is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Chuck is reporting from the MFA Inc. Annual Meeting held at the Missouri State Fairground in Sedalia, MO. MFA Inc. MORE

IRFA's Shaw: Obama Admin Needs Soul Searching 
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) is urging the Obama Administration to conduct a thorough soul-searching after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to "radically" reduce Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for 2014. MORE


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at NAFB 
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the 70th National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Annual Convention in Kansas City on Friday. The Secretary centered his comments around the RFS announcement, record levels of exports, drought issues and the farm bill. He also answered questions from the broadcasters. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



HydroClean Partners with MIOX Corp        


MIOX Corporation has announced a strategic global partnership with HydroClean, a newly formed dairy hygiene and sanitation supplier. HydroClean joins sister-companies BouMatic and BouMatic Robotics. MORE 

Register for NMC Conference


Register now for the 53rd National Mastitis Council (NMC) Annual Meeting, January 26-28, 2014 at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. MORE  
Scholarship From Accelerated Genetics


Accelerated Genetics provides two scholarships to its customer's families. MORE 
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