May 16, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team has been working on registrations and reservations for summer meetings on the agriblogging highway. We've got days available though. So if you've got a field day or some special event taking place you'd like us to cover just let us know.

It seems pretty clear from our last ZimmPoll that most people think climate change is impacting agriculture. But there is some skepticism on if that's man made climate change. To read more about the climate change assessment released by the White House last week, check out this recent AgWired post, EPA Chief Discusses Climate Change Report.

After Chuck attended the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit which focused on millennials we thought our new ZimmPoll question should be, "What is the best way to market to millennials?" Thanks to Elanco for sponsoring his coverage.

Don't forget to give us some feedback on the new Interested to know what you think.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Panera Bread and Millennials

How many of you remember the Panera EZChicken campaign? If so, you know that it sparked a social media response from the agriculture community due to the way farmers were portrayed who did not farm the way Panera wants their food ingredients farmed. Panera did issue an apology and you'll hear another one in this week's program. MORE

FS Sales Lens Offers New Views

A great benefit of new communications technology is how it provides farmers the opportunity to access information nearly anyplace or time right in the palm of their hand. MORE

How Well Do You Know ZimmComm

Chuck and Cindy paved the way for many when they jumped on the agriblogging highway 10 years ago way before the term blog was a household name. They began reporting ag news in a whole new way with downloadable photos, audio and video and became an online source for press releases. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Biodiesel Producers, Farmers Take to The Hill

Biodiesel producers and farmers who raise the feedstocks for the biodiesel industry took to Capitol Hill this week, joining a group of U.S. Senate Democrats in their calls to end policy uncertainty that is hurting their industry. MORE

Senate Dems Against Obama on Biodiesel Proposal

Normally, they would be considered pretty staunch allies of President Obama. But a group of Democratic U.S. Senators have taken the Administration to task for its handling of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to drastically reduce the amount of biodiesel required to be blended into the Nation's fuel supply.  MORE

UCR Unveils Sustainable Grid Initiative

The University of California, Riverside has launched its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of intermittent renewable energy including photovoltaic solar panels, energy storage including batteries, and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The project is the largest of its kind in the state. MORE

 Precision Pays

The Power of AgFiniti

It seems like every year it gets harder and harder to meet up with the consultant to grab your planting or seeding prescriptions; or if they do make it into our hands, the USB seems to get forgotten on the kitchen table. MORE

Deadliest Catch Hick Chick Chat

During the Farm Progress Show last year I had a chance to catch up with Deadliest Catch's Edgar Hansen off the Northwestern. We discussed a bit about how fishing is a little like farming. It's completely weather dependent, equipment failures in the mix and while they may not be planting they sure are cultivating their crop every year. Farmers are stewards of the land, like fisherman are stewards at sea. MORE

Register Early for UAV Technology Symposium


The early registration discount expires in just a few days for the Delta AgTech Symposium: Advancing UAVs in Agriculture, to be held July 7-8, 2014, at Agricenter International in Memphis. Those who register by Thursday, May 15, will receive a 5% discount on registration fees, and the discount also applies to sponsorship and exhibitor packages.  MORE



Ethanol Rail Safety


In the last few weeks there have been two derailments of trains carrying crude oil, one in Virginia and one in Colorado, the latest in a string of rail accidents over the past year from Canada to Alabama. While crude oil has been the common denominator in these accidents, ethanol has been caught in the cross fire despite its nearly perfect safety record in rail transportation. MORE


Missouri Senator and Farm Bureau President

Missouri State University's Collegiate Farm Bureau hosted its Ag Forum on May 10 to discuss hot topic agriculture issues. This year's panel included Senator Roy Blunt and Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst. MORE
Senator Roy Blunt - Podcast
Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst - Podcast

MapShots Adds DTN/Progressive Farmer to AgStudio

MapShots, Inc., a developer and provider of industry leading software for agricultural data management, has announced an agreement with DTN/The Progressive Farmer that will bring historical and daily weather information to AgStudio users. This will give growers additional information needed to make important operational decisions. MORE

 World Dairy Diary  



Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund Research                      


The Egg Industry Center (EIC) is seeking pre-proposals for egg industry-oriented research to fund through its grant award program.  MORE 

Virtual Farm Tours at World Dairy Expo 2014


Virtual Farms Tours give World Dairy Expo attendees the opportunity to experience a wide variety of farms and management styles, all from the comfort of a chair. These tours are presented by the owners and managers from the operations and include a half-hour pictorial overview of their operation, including general operation information and highlights of exceptional management practices. Time for questions and discussion will follow.

House Members Urge Removal of EU Trade Barriers

A bipartisan group of 177 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the Obama administration to use the transatlantic trade talks with the European Union (EU) to address a variety of export barriers hampering the U.S. dairy industry. Among the barriers are the EU's recent efforts to prevent U.S. companies from using common food names like parmesan and feta in export markets, including the EU, and even in the U.S. domestic market. removeal. MORE 
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