Feb 7, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We want to congratulate our Jamie Johansen and husband Kevin for the arrival of their first child, Harper James Johansen, 7 lb., 14 oz., 21 inches! She is a beautiful baby and you know we love babies. Jamie has a very good reason to be getting a break from the agriblogging highway. You can still expect to see her in the future though.

This week Chuck is on the road to the 2014 MapShots Customer Conference.  He's in AgNerd paradise talking data, cloud, integration, precision and more.

The ZimmComm Team has been working all week on preparations for several events coming up on the schedule. These include next week's National Farm Machinery Show and Boehringer Ingelheim event. Following that will be the National Ethanol Conference and then Commodity Classic. We've got them covered!

In our latest ZimmPoll - "Could drones (UAV's) serve a purpose on your operation?" - well over half of the voters this week said that drones could in fact serve a purpose on their operation. Price is still a factor and may be the reason that some operations would not use them yet. We're going to see a lot more about this new technology since predictions have been made that eighty percent of the multi-million dollar market will be for agricultural use.

Our poll results:

▪Yes, if affordable - 50%
▪No - 18%
▪Yes, at any price - 14%
▪No, worried about privacy - 14%
▪What are they? - 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What's best in the new farm bill?"

The Senate finally passed its version of a conference bill Jan. 29, and now the farm bill goes to President Obama's desk. As you can read on Senator Debbie Stabenow's website "This isn't your father's Farm Bill. It is a bill for our future that grows our agriculture economy, helps provide greater access to healthy Michigan-grown foods, preserves our land and water, and cuts unnecessary spending. The Farm Bill is a rare example of a major bipartisan jobs bill and a bipartisan deficit reduction bill," Chairwoman Stabenow said. Have you had the chance to review the new bill? Let us know what you think is the best part.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Dupont Pioneer Collaborates with DTN 

If you've thought we need more weather monitoring stations out there you're not alone. Dupont Pioneer and DTN/The Progressive Farmer announced a collaboration today that will address this very subject. The project will not only bring instant weather to customers but also market information and new electronic grain trading capabilities. I just spoke with Dan Uppena, DuPont Pioneer business manager, about the announcement. Dan says there will be more details about the new platform coming out via new announcements in the very near future. MORE


IFAMA and the African Connection 

Africa's agriculture and agribusiness future is at the top of the world's food and economic growth agendas, so it is appropriate that the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) will hold its annual Symposium and World Forum in Cape Town this year. MORE

GMO Coalition for Safe Food Formed  

A diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations today announced the formation of a new coalition dedicated to the advancement of a federal solution on the labeling of food products derived from genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). MORE

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

2014 Propane Engine Fuel Summit

The fourth annual 2014 Propane Engine Fuel Summit will take place on March 27, 2014 in Irving, Texas. The event will include panels of industry experts discussing topics such as how fueling with propane autogas can benefit your company's bottom line, which propane autogas vehicle technologies are available now, which OEMs offer propane applications, and more. MORE 

Elevance Moves Forward with Natchez Biorefinery  

Elevance Renewable Sciences is moving forward with the development of its biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi and has selected URS Corporation to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. The company says it is on track to meet customer forecasts for its Inherent renewable building blocks in 2016. MORE 

Get Your Sustainable Energy in America Factbook    

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released the 2014 installment of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. The resource was developed for The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and found that renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency advancements are leading a transformation of America's energy.

 Precision Pays

Head to the Clouds with Ag Leader's AgFiniti 

The big trend in the data world these days is the "cloud". The cloud is a way to store your data in a safe, secure place and have access to it anywhere you may be. Ag Leader recently headed to the "clouds" with their new AgFiniti precision technology and to learn more, I spoke with Kaleb Lindquist during the 2014 Iowa Power Farming Show.  MORE


Precision Pays Podcast: Know your soils 

Knowing your soils could be the difference between an average crop and a bumper crop.  Neal Kinsey,  a soil fertility specialist from Charleston, Missouri says sometimes the problem isn't that there aren't enough nutrients - but there are too many.  And that could restrict a crop's yield. MORE


Partnerships to Enhance Soil Health


The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), with support from the Walton Family Foundation and Monsanto, is highlighting the importance of soil health for farmers and the environment with a new Science Advisory Council and formation of the Soil Health Partnership.  MORE   



GROWMARK Propane Interview      

Freezing temperatures, a wetter than normal harvest, and more exports have all contributed to a "perfect storm" scenario for short supplies of propane right now, according to Scott Long, manager of propane marketing and business development for GROWMARK, Inc. MORE


Vilsack on Farm Bill Priorities        

The U.S. Senate today passed the long-overdue 2012 Farm Bill by a vote of 68-32. MORE


Climate Corp Tackles Data Privacy           

The Climate Corporation today announced principles and commitments related to data use and privacy published on-line in a Guiding Principles on Data and Privacy statement. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Nominees Sought for Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board                    


The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is inviting Wisconsin dairy farmers who are interested in serving the state's dairy industry and shaping its future to submit a nomination to represent their district as a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director. MORE 

Growers Benefit from New Approach to Finding Silage Info  


Forage growers who are looking for online management information now have an intelligent alternative to a catchall Internet search. The Silage Zone a resource from is newly redesigned and organized based on forage growers' seasonal activities of planting, growing, harvesting, storing and feeding.  MORE   
Dairylea Members Approve Merger with DFA


During a special meeting in Syracuse, N.Y., members of Dairylea Cooperative Inc. approved the proposed merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). MORE 
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