Dec 20, 2013  
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Hopefully you have all your holiday shopping done by now and all you have to do is spend some time relaxing and enjoying family and friends.  That's what we're planning to do.  Posting will be on the light side the next couple weeks but never fear we will have some interesting content to share as always.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, " Which winter farm shows/events are you planning to attend?"

Our poll results:

� National - 29%
� None - 24%
� All of the above - 19%
� State - 10%
� Other - 10%
� Regional - 5%
� Local - 5%


Looks like quite a few of you will be traveling to shows this winter. Be careful and we hope you find what you're looking for.  


Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, " What is your traditional Christmas dinner?" Will there be a big bird in the middle of your family dinner table or a mouthwatering roast beef? Let us know!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
 AgWired  AgWired     

Google Glass and Sullivan Solar Power

Right after receiving my Glass I got a news alert from Sullivan Solar Power about their unique use of this new technology. What timing! MORE


AFBF Annual Convention Around the Corner 

The 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention is right around the corner in San Antonio, TX. January 12-15 marks the organizations 95th convention and the event is expected to attract 6,000 farmers and ranchers from across the country. MORE


Nufarm Tackles Weeds 

Nufarm's recent event allowed farm media to see first hand their facilities, ask the questions growers from across the land are asking and learn a little bit more about the ever-changing industry. MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

IL Sen. Todd Sieben "Retired To" Working for Ethanol

A good friend once told Todd Sieben, Chairman Central Bank and retired state senator, that when you get ready to retire, don't retire from something, but retire to something. After 21 years as a state legislator, Sieben did just that and he "retired to" working on projects in his local community including helping to bring the idea of Patriot Renewable Fuels to reality. MORE


Put Solar On It  

Solar company Mosaic is kicking off 2014 with a New Years Resolution campaign to "Put Solar On It." People around the world can pledge online at to put solar on a local home, school, place of worship, business, or other property. Then throughout 2014, Mosaic will provide people with the tools and network they need to make their pledge a reality. MORE 

Iowans Deserve a Fair Hearing on Renewable Fuels 

Americans United for Change is echoing Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin along with the rest of the Iowa congressional delegation for the EPA to hold a hearing in Iowa on the Renewable Fuel Standard. Iowa is the country's leader in production of renewable fuels with 42 ethanol refineries capable of producing over 3.8 billion gallons annually, with one wet mill and three cellulosic ethanol facilities currently under construction. In addition, Iowa has 12 biodiesel facilities with the capacity to produce nearly 315 million gallons annually.
 Precision Pays

Cover Crop Seed Growth  

With cover crops becoming increasingly important for farmers to provide nutrients and protect against erosion, different varieties are being developed to address specific needs. 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   

2014 4R Advocate Award Winners 

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced the winners of the 2014 4R Advocate Awards. The 4R Advocate Award program, now in its third year, recognizes on-farm stewardship actions. Winners are selected based on their actions to protect the environment, boost profitability and benefit society through nutrient stewardship practices based on the 4Rs (using the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place). Winners were nominated by their retail dealers who are also recognized with 4R awards. MORE



USDA Call on Exports and Farm Bill     

USDA Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse held a telephone media call today to highlight the need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to promote U.S. agricultural exports. MORE


ASTA Comments on Seed Theft Arrests          

As the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was concluding its annual seed research conference and trade show in Chicago last week, word came that arrests had been made in two separate conspiracies to steal seed and trade secrets of U.S. companies. MORE


SST Software Partners With GeoVantage  

SST Software, an industry leader in precision agriculture, will soon offer remote sensing services to growers and ag service providers in partnership with GeoVantage, a global provider of multispectral imagery. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Holstein to Host Meeting           


Holstein Association USA will host a member update meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holstein Association USA headquarters, 1 Holstein Place, Brattleboro, Vt. Lunch will be provided and office tours will be given for all interested guests. MORE 

LOL Joins GlobalDairy


Land O'Lakes Inc will become the second U.S. firm to join the world's dairy trading platform, adding a potentially big exporter of skim milk powder to the internationally traded dairy market. MORE   
2014 Expo Judges Announced


The slate of 2014 lead judges for World Dairy Expo have been announced. MORE 
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