Mar 21, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We hope things are warming up a little bit for most of you. Are you gearing up to celebrate National Ag Day next week? We are. Chuck and Cindy's next stop on the agriblogging highway is Washington, DC. While there Chuck will be covering National Ag Day activities while Cindy covers the American Coalition of Ethanol DC Fly-in. At least they get to sleep together! Our new ZimmPoll asks the question, How are you celebrating Ag Day? Let us know.

We hope you've registered for the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference We're past early bird discount time but you can still get it done. ZimmComm New Media will be celebrating Ten Golden Years and we'll have more to announce in the next couple weeks. We really hope you visit our Connection Point booth. We think you'll like what we'll have to offer this year.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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FMC Expands Web Series to Offer New Content

Starting this month, Authority Minute, an online web series offered by FMC Agricultural Solutions, will transition to a new name. The Minute by FMC will feature an expanded territory covering more growing topics, more crops and more issues. Episodes of The Minute can be viewed online at MORE


Social Media Farmer of the Year Nominations Needed

Do you have a favorite farmer using social media? Are you really engaged in the online conversation yourself? Then get your nomination in for the first Social Media Farmer of the Year Award. MORE

Best Food Facts Web Widget Available

The Center for Food Integrity has created a new widget that can be used on any website to help people get answers to food questions. You can see how one version of the widget looks at the bottom of this post. I just submitted one about roast beef and got this immediate answer. I'll update this post when I get the final answer. MORE
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Farmers Offered Incentive to Use Propane

Farmers are being offered an incentive to use clean-burning propane in their operations. During the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Tx., Mark Leitman, director of business development and marketing for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), talked to Tom Steever with Brownfield Ag News and told him that his council is funded by a 4/10-of-a-cent checkoff that helps research, safety and training programs, and includes a commitment to ag-based operations in the Propane Farm Incentive Program. MORE


Scripps Research Develops Lower Cost Fuels

Researchers from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TRSI) have devised what they believe is a new and more efficient way to convert the major components of natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals. The research, led by TSRI Professor Roy Periana, uses chemistry and nontraditional materials to turn natural gas into liquid products at much lower temperatures than conventional methods. MORE 

Lockheed Martin Advances Tidal Energy

Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with global tidal energy company Atlantis Resources Ltd to optimize the design of Atlantis' new 1.5 megawatt tidal turbine. The AR1500 is designed to facilitate operation in highly energetic tidal locations, and will be one of the largest single rotor turbines ever developed and will have active rotor pitch and full nacelle yaw rotation. MORE

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Bayer Buzzing About Bees

One of the most important topics discussed at the recent Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum was the buzz about bee health and what is being done to address declining bee colonies. One of the panelists was Laurie Adams, executive director of the Pollinator Partnership. Laurie stressed that collaboration between all parties is needed to protect all pollinators, including bees.  MORE


BASF Helps Fight Resistant Tumbleweeds

Some folks may think of tumbleweeds as just ghostly balls of fluff that float innocently across the prairie like overgrown dust bunnies. In reality, they are rolling bombs of resistant weeds that can scatter their seeds for miles. MORE


 More Powerful & Accurate Steering for Farmers


Leica Geosystems announced the Leica SteerDirect ES Plus, the enhanced successor to the Leica SteerDirect ES. The electric steering system gives farmers a brand independent steering solution to improve accuracy by diminishing skips and overlaps, saving fuel, fertilizer, chemicals, and reducing operator fatigue. MORE    


Farmers Discuss Need for Immigration Reform

The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a report Tuesday entitled "No Longer Home Grown: How Labor Shortages are Increasing America's Reliance on Imported Fresh Produce and Slowing U.S. Economic Growth." The report part of the #iFarmImmigration campaign launched last month by the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 70 other agriculture organizations. MORE

New Holland Operation Blue Force              

New Holland Operation Blue Force was Chuck's latest stop on the agriblogging highway in Bakersfield, CA. This was a New Holland training experience for dealers and ag media got their turn to practice driving some new equipment. They spent the day rotating between different equipment stations. Chuck was busy shooting videos and interviews and had ZimmGlass in the field for the first time. MORE

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Elberton Cheese Maker Wins 2014 Flavor of Georgia                    


Elberton farmer, cheese maker and local food advocate Tim Young took home the grand prize from the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 18. The annual contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.  MORE 

Candidates Announced for WMMB Director Elections


The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced today that 11 nominees are certified eligible for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) 2014 Board of Directors election. MORE 

Now is the Time to Work on Your Spring Checklist 

With spring approaching, a Purdue Extension dairy specialist says now is the time for dairy producers to assess their farms and work through a checklist of duties, including facility and pasture maintenance and taking inventory of forage supplies. MORE 
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