Feb 14, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Winter ain't over! Chuck and Cindy made it through Atlanta on Tuesday just in time as flights were being canceled right and left. They are finishing up at the 2014 National Farm Machinery in Louisville, KY. You can find a growing number of stories and photos on AgWired and Precision Pays Working along side the team on Friday is Anna Leigh Peek, Auburn student just about to graduate. We have met Anna at a couple of events and she wanted the opportunity to get some real world experience. We appreciate her help and are impressed with her ambition!

Our latest ZimmPoll question was "What's best in the new farm bill?" Over a third of our respondents said Crop Insurance. The same percentage said Nothing. Hmmm.

So our new ZimmPoll moves on to the farm economy and asks the question, "How does farm economy compare to general U.S.?" Let us know what you think since USDA is predicting lower net farm income this year after big gains in 2013.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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MapShots and AgStudio Growing Fast 

You often get the best perspective on what a company does and what its culture is like by talking with the founder. I had that pleasure last week at the MapShots Customer Conference to visit with founder Ted Macy. MapShots, Inc., is a software development company that provides crop management applications for the agriculture industry and is now a subsidiary of Dupont Pioneer. Their AgStudio software provides clients with powerful, yet easy to use tools for managing large amounts of agronomic crop production data. MORE


Walk Along a New Holland CR8090 Combine 

New combines and headers from New Holland were getting a lot of attention at the National Farm Machinery Show. I got Cole Sanford to take a few minutes and walk me through some of the new features on the CR8090 model combine and folding corn head that you see him standing next to in the photo. MORE

New NCBA Officer Team 

The new president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is Bob McCan of Texas, who succeeded Scott George as president during the board of directors meeting last week. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

DuPont: "Future Fuel" Cellulosic Ethanol Here Today

Cellulosic ethanol is not just a fuel of the future; it's here today. And at the recent 8th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit held in Altoona, Iowa, Steve Mirshak from DuPont's cellulosic division talked with Joanna about what this fuel will soon bring. MORE


DF Cast: Hearing in the Heartland Talks EPA & RFS  

Unable to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to come to the heart of where biodiesel and ethanol are produced, leaders in the Midwest decided to hold their own "field hearing" to let the Obama Administration know they are unhappy with what proposed cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The comment period for this proposal has recently ended, but now comes the possible months-long decision process by the EPA. MORE


Senators Introduce Bill to Reinstate Biodiesel Tax Incentive   

Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) have introduced a bill to extend the expired biodiesel tax incentive for three years. The bill, S. 2021, would extend the tax incentive until 2017.

 Precision Pays

Ag Leader Helping Farmers Prepare for Planting 

With the winter we have had this year, everyone is looking forward to spring - especially farmers who are anxious to get that next crop in the ground this time of year.  MORE


Details About John Deere ExactEmerge 

You want details about the new John Deere ExactEmerge planting system? We got 'em! Here's a few from the press release. MORE


Mosaic Sponsors World Conservation Ag Conference


The Mosaic Company is joining several other agribusiness giants, including Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto and Seed Hawk, Inc., as a platinum sponsor of this summer's 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA). The conference runs June 22-25, 2014, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  MORE   



MGEX Calls on US and Canada Crops      

The Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) hosted two crop calls in the past week to discuss reports out of Stats Canada and USDA. MORE

 MGEX Canada crop call with Agri-Trend - Podcast

MGEX crop call with Jack Scoville, Price Futures Group - Podcast

2014 National Farm Machinery Show          

The 2014 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky is four days of exploring the latest farm trends, technology and tools, in addition to five great Championship Tractor Pulls. MORE


NFMS One Year Shy of Big 5-0 - Podcast

On The Floor with New Holland - Podcast 

Crop Pro Insurance to Offer Spring 2014 Crop Insurance            

Crop Pro Insurance, LLC ("Crop Pro"), a crop insurance Managing General Agency focused on Midwestern crop producers, announced today that it will, in partnership with Technology Insurance Company, Inc. ("TIC"), a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:AFSI), offer crop insurance through the Federal MPCI program beginning immediately. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  





Since the first commercial sale of Posilac on Feb. 4, 1994, it has helped deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits, in addition to helping today's dairy producers meet a growing demand for milk. MORE 

Farm Bill with Dairy Reform Signed  


President Obama traveled to Michigan State University to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Friday.  MORE   
CWT Assists with Dairy Export Sales


Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 26 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creameries, Dairy Farmers of America, Land O'Lakes, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Northwest Dairy Association and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 4.006 million pounds (1,817 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese, 1.645 million pounds (746 metric tons) of 82% butter and 180,779 pounds (82 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered in February through June 2014. MORE 
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