Dec 13, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Does Santa have your Christmas wish list?  We hope you're being especially nice this month!  For you gadget lovers there are many, many new devices that can make your job and life more fun and productive.  Of course, it is okay to unplug sometimes.  Even Chuck and Cindy do.  Yeah, right.

This week the ZimmComm team was out and about.  This made sense to us but you may shake your head and wonder.  First, Jamie was in Chicago with BIVI for their annual PRRS Seminar.  Chuck was in Chicago next touring the Nufarm North American headquarters   And finally, Cindy and Leah have been in Chicago at the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo   Chuck and Cindy had a little bit of a shock with the temps since they're already Florida acclimated.  But you can find lots of stories and interviews on from these events this week.

Next up is "Break Time."  It's holiday time so the team will be getting a nice break from the agriblogging highway.  However, you won't find any lack of great content on the ZimmComm News Network.  Remember to keep up with us online, via social media or with the free AgWired App.  Oh, and if you send us your digital holiday messages we'll feature them on AgWired when we can.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Do you plan to make any year-end equipment purchases?"

Our poll results:

 No - Not this year:  35%
 Yes - Planting equipment:  18%
 Yes - Sprayers:  12%
 Yes - GPS/guidance:  12%
 Yes - Hay equipment:  6%
 Yes - Harvest equipment:  6%
 Yes - Tillage:  6%
 Yes - Other:  6%

Looks like most of the farmers out there are either up-to-date on equipment or satisfied with what they have. Are things like Farm Bill uncertainty holding you back?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?" Are you planning to get out of the house to browse new products and services this fall and winter or wait and see what spring brings? Let us know!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

 AgWired  AgWired     

Vicki's Wicked Potions

I recently mentioned a wonderful bloody mary mix that paired well with Organic Ocean Vodka. It's called Bloody Brew by Vicki's Wicked Potions in Pensacola, FL. It is good stuff. Good enough that I went back to Palafox Market on Saturday to pick up a case! MORE


Utilizing Vaccinations for PRRS Virus 

Boehringer Ingelheim provided the opportunity for the big questions to be asked about the PRRS virus during their recent PRRS Seminar in Chicago. Swine Vet Center's, Dr. Tim Loula, shared his insight into effective PRRS protocols and how to better utilize ARC programs. MORE


Gemperle Farms Introduces Kid-Friendly Video Series 

Gemperle Family Farms has launched an online video series to showcase egg-related crafts, recipes and science experiments, and to provide a behind-the-scenes look at farm life. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

USDA, DOD Announce Farm-to-Fleet Program

U.S. Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus have announced a joint "Farm-to-Fleet" venture to make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchases and use by the military. The announcement incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular Department of Defense (DOD) domestic solicitations for jet engine and marine diesel fuels. The Navy will seek to purchase JP-5 and F-76 advanced drop-in biofuels blended from 10 to 50 percent with conventional fuels. Funds from USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will assist the effort. MORE


Murphy USA Opens First E15 Station 

Murphy USA has opened the first E15 (15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline) station in Arkansas, located at 2720 N. West Avenue in El Dorado. The Arkansas station is also the second Murphy USA location to offer E85 (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline). E15 is approved for vehicles 2001 and newer, while both E15 and E85 can be used in flex fuel vehicles. Murphy USA operates 1,179 stores in 23 states throughout the country, with additional E15 and E85 locations being planned in the Midwest. MORE


DOE Invests $13M in Solar 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $13 million for five projects that they say will strengthen domestic solar manufacturing and speed commercialization of photovoltaic and concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies. The awards were given under the SunShot Initiative, a program aimed at creating a competitive solar industry in the U.S.
 Precision Pays

Monsanto Novozymes Bioag Alliance 

Monsanto and Novozymes jointly announced a "long-term strategic alliance to transform research and commercialization of sustainable microbial products that will provide a new platform of solutions for growers around the world." MORE


Former NRCS Chief on Conservation Program Future


A former chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service says both the House and Senate farm bills are similar when it comes to reduced funding and consolidation of conservation programs. Bruce Knight, who served as NRCS chief in the Bush administration, gave a synopsis at a Farm Foundation forum on conservation last week. MORE  



Tips from Tech: Winterizing your Ag Leader Investments! 

The time has come to winterize your equipment from the fall months of harvesting, tillage and fall application. As the season comes to an end, it's important to take care of your investments, whether it is harvested crops, machinery or your precision equipment. MORE



ASTA CSS and Seed Expo      

Over 2,500 seed industry professionals attended the American Seed Trade Association's Annual Corn & Sorghum and Soybean Seed Research Conference and Seed Expo in Chicago, December 10-13, 2013. MORE

BASF Advanced Seed Enhancement Portfolio        

In order to help growers maximize yield potential and get the most out of every acre, BASF offers its complete portfolio of Advanced Seed Enhancements including inoculants, colorants, and biological and chemical seed treatments. MORE

CropLife Foundation Releases Seed Treatment Report   

At the end of last week Croplife Foundation released a new report, "The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production." The report contains extensive information on the benefits of seed treatment for growers, consumers and the environment. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Prince Agri Products - More Than Just Mineral          


During the Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop, Wendell Knehans, Director of Marketing and Specialty Products for Prince Agri Products, spoke with Chuck about their company's vested interest in the dairy community. MORE 



Expo Honors Five


Five individuals were bestowed Friends of Expo honors for their outstanding service supporting World Dairy Expo. Honorees included Jeannie Marshall and Joe Feigley, AgSource; Dr. Mark Zidon, University of Wisconsin-Platteville; Ted Woodstock, Silk Screen Advertising and Diane Nichols, American Red Cross. MORE   
REAL Dairy Foods Make Holidays Bright


The new animated character, DairyUS, is excited to indulge in REAL dairy foods like butter, cheese, whipped cream, and eggnog this holiday season. MORE 
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