Feb 28, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

What a week it is for the ZimmComm Team. Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum, BASF Science Behind the Advanced Acre, Commodity Classic Mid-South Farm & Gin Show and BIVI Swine Health Seminar. Yeow! Burning up some agriblogging and farm podcasting miles. Keep your eye on AgWired and all the ZimmComm news network websites including for lots of photos, audio interviews and video clips. Chuck's ZimmGlass Project has been continuing as he uses the Google product during his coverage of these activities.

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "If available, would you put E15 or E85 in your vehicle?"

Although for different reasons, the majority of you said you would use E15 or E85 in your personal vehicle if it was available. It seems the availability is the question. When will we see more stations carrying different blends of ethanol beyond the Midwest?

Our poll results:

▪Yes, if save money - 29%
▪Yes, supports USA - 31%
▪Maybe, need for info - 5%
▪No, have concerns - 14%
▪I already do - 21%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, "What do you think about Chipotle's Farmed & Dangerous?"

Chipotle is at it again. It seems their is no limit to their extreme marketing tactics. Many in the agriculture community have voiced their opinions via social media and other online outlets. Has that made a difference? Are we preaching to the choir or are our words only reaching deaf ears?

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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 AgWired  AgWired     

Social Media in the War Room  

Social media part of a war room discussion? Yep. It was at the 2014 National Ethanol Conference. Participating in a panel titled, "Communications and Social Media War Room" was Christina Martin, Executive Vice President, Renewable Fuels Association. We chatted about her panel at the conclusion of the conference. MORE


BASF Growing Today for Tomorrow 

BASF Crop Protection is committed to growing the future of agriculture by investing in the next generation of professionals for the industry. MORE

Hartz Named 2014 NAMA Marketer of the Year 

Wyffels Hybrids' director of marketing, Jeff Hartz, was named the 2014 NAMA Marketer of the Year. The NAMA Marketer award will be presented during the Second General Session of the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference, on Thursday, April 10 in Jacksonville, FL and is sponsored by Agri Marketing magazine. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

RFS is Revitalizing Rural Iowa

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released its Preliminary 2012 Farm Census data and according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), it's easy to see that increased in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) have revitalized rural Iowa. MORE 

Rapeseed King of Europe's Biodiesel Feedstock  

Soybeans might rule the roost as far as biodiesel feedstocks in the U.S. goes, but in Europe, rapeseed is king. A new study from the UFOP (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. - Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) shows that rapeseed makes up nearly 90 percent of the material used to produce biodiesel in winter. MORE 

MSU Increases Odds of Algal-Biofuel Success 

A team of Michigan State University (MSU) scientists have invented a new technology that they believe increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels bridge the gap to success. The environmental photobioreactor or ePBR system is the first standard algae growing platform and it stimulates dynamic natural environments. The system is featured in the current issue of Algal Research. MORE

 Precision Pays

Think Ahead to Harvest with Case IH Corn Heads 

Even though this year's crop has yet to be planted, it's not too early to think about harvest season. That certainly was on the mind of Kelly Kravig, Case IH's marketing manager for combines and headers, as he showed off the new Case IH 4200 Series and 4400 Series corn heads at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.  MORE


Get Maxx Authority from FMC 

It's almost time for some serious planting to get underway across the country. That means it is also time for farmers to start thinking about how they're going to handle weed control, especially in light of concerns over weed resistance. MORE


MyAgCentral Offering End-to-End Irrigation Solution


Producers will now be able to monitor variable rate irrigation (VRI) remotely from their computer, tablet or smartphone. MyAgCentral is now offering the second of its new end-to-end solutions for agriculture, giving growers a simple and affordable way to leverage VRI through the MyAgCentral dashboard.  MORE   



2014 Commodity Classic        

The 2014 Commodity Classic is in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 27-March 1, 2014. MORE


2014 BASF Science Behind          

This 8th annual BASF Crop Protection Science Behind media event was held prior to the kickoff of the Commodity Classic and this year the theme is The Advanced Acre. The event featured stories from growers on how BASF innovation specialists have helped them get the most out of every acre. MORE


Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum             

Bayer CropScience held its annual Ag Issues Forum prior to the start of the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio. MORE


 World Dairy Diary  



Accepting Nominations for DCRC Reproduction Awards                   


The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) has announced the 2014 Reproduction Awards program, which recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented management procedures. MORE 

Winners of Pennsylvania Forage Analysis Announced 


The winners of the first-ever Pennsylvania Forage Analysis Competition were announced at the 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit, held Feb. 12 - 13 in State College, PA. Three winners in each category were announced at the Dairy Summit, with the first prize receiving $1,000, second prize receiving $500 and third prize receiving $250.  MORE 
Diamond V Announces Promotions


Diamond V® announces promotions within the company's North America Dairy Team to support enhanced customer service and further business growth. MORE 
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