Jan 10, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Got Glass? Chuck does. If you're attending the AFBF convention this week you will see him sporting his newest agriblogging tool which he affectionately calls "ZimmGlass." This will be his first on-location opportunity to practice including it into his work flow. This will be fun.

Speaking of Glass, our new ZimmPoll asks the question, "Would you wear Google Glass?" Let us know what you think. We want to give a shout out to New Holland for once again being a sponsor of our weekly ZimmPoll!

Speaking of cool work tools, many of you probably have a smart phone or perhaps were lucky enough to get one for Christmas. If so, how about adding the AgWired App It's free and easy and lets you go right to some of the best news and information about the world of agribusiness on the internet. We've got it for iOS and Android and are working on a new version which will be out soon. Get it now and then all you'll have to do later is update it. Here's where you can go to get it. Got it? Thank you very much to our most recent sponsor of the AgWired App, iCropTrak!

Now for an AgNewsWire update. Since we announced that we would be aggregating all our media content on last April the response has been tremendous. The online Ag News Content Service has received great reviews from farm broadcasters and publication editors who have found images and audio they can use in their reporting efforts. Our event sponsors have found a new benefit to their sponsorships and we want to give a warm welcome to BASF and Dupont Pioneer for becoming the first ever AgNewsWire sponsors starting this month! If you'd like to know more about AgNewsWire please contact Chuck or Dave or more information.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Agri Marketing & AgWired Top Tens

Happy New Year. Now let's look back at 2013. In this week's program I visit with Lynn Henderson, Agri Marketing Magazine. MORE


Where did you see the Golden Mic in 2013?

2014 Golden ARC Award Deadline Approaching

The Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) has issued a "call for entries" for the 2014 Golden ARC Awards. The competition includes 35 categories for agricultural public relations activities conducted in full or partially in the year 2013. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Book Review: How Are You Mother Earth?

Calling people of all ages. I've finally found a truly entertaining and educational book about climate change and the environment. "How are you Mother Earth?" written by Gordon Hunter, a scientist, takes the reader on the journey with Katie, her boyfriend Mike and her father when they take Mother Earth to the doctor for a check-up. MORE


Ethanol Brings People Home 

Patriot Renewable Fuels' General Manager Rick Vondra came home seven years ago when he began working with the biorefinery. He grew up about 80 miles north of Annawan, Illinois on the Illinois-Wisconsin border. Since high school he has been working in the agriculture industry and has traveled around the world in his various roles with ag companies. MORE


API's State of America Energy Same Old, Same Old   

Yesterday American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Jack Gerard outlined "The State of American Energy" and the role the oil and natural gas industry in economic growth, job creation and energy security.
 Precision Pays

Hick Chick Chat with Arystone   

Back before the first of the year we ran a story about what farmers want to find under the tree.  That still extends into the new year as well. Arystone Productivity helps bring wireless technology to the farm, ranch or rural home. MORE


Precision Pays Podcast: Looking ahead to 2014 

As we head into 2014 all indications show that farmers won't see the record high prices they've been experiencing in recent years. MORE


Looking at Some New Smart Phones


In this new year there is no doubt we'll see many new mobile precision applications and the device you choose to work with it will be important. I thought I'd share some thoughts on two that I'm currently using. MORE   



Sen. Thune on Farm Bill and RFS   

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) answered questions from reporters this week on when a farm bill might be done and what he would like to see in it, as well as his thoughts on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE


Sen. Leahy Talks about Need for Farm Bill              

Farm bill conference committee member Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) took to the floor on Tuesday to talk about the need for Congress to pass a five-year farm bill. Leahy, who is a member of the House-Senate conference committee on the bill, says they are making progress toward getting compromise legislation passed. MORE


Report Shows No Gas Price Impact from RINS                

A detailed statistical analysis conducted by Informa Economics and released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) finds that retail gasoline prices were "unaffected by the erratic surge in prices for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2013." MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit                


Giant Foods and Sciopio Springs Dairy will be showcased during the opening session of the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. The event kicks off February 12th at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. These Northeast-based businesses are two of four business showcases that will be part of this year's event, hosted by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and the Center for Dairy Excellence. MORE 

Butter Consumption is Up


The American Butter Institute (ABI) has unveiled a new logo for the association and announced that U.S. butter consumption is at its highest level in 40 years. MORE   
1,000 lb. Butter Sculpture Unveiled


Check out the 2014 Pa. Farm Show Butter Sculpture! What an amazing creation! MORE 
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