May 23, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans:

What if you held a Symposium for about 2,000 of your friends from all over the world and they all showed up? It would be days of education, fun and fellowship. And that's what happened again this year at the 30th Alltech Symposium in Lexington, KY. Chuck covered it all. It is his 10th trip to the world class customer education event and he took a lot of photos and still has stories to post. A new addition to the schedule this year was the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. He made it there in time to get a ZimmGlass look at the activity.

Last week our ZimmPoll asked the question, "What is the best way to market to millennials? " Over half of our respondents said "Online." Good choice. Other more traditional channels got mentions with radio, tv and other showing the next highest. Now we could delve into all the online choices next but there are too many to list!

New Holland is our longtime ZimmPoll sponsor and this week we've dedicated our new question to last month's launch of It is the online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. Current features include the ability to create an inventory of your equipment, a section on Precision Land Management, a Configurator tool to let you design your own configuration of new equipment you'd like to order, a topical discussion on ethanol which you are invited to read and comment on and more. More features will be rolled out in the future as the community grows.

We're seeking your input on this new global New Holland project. It started first in Europe and was just launched for North America on April 22. So let's get to it, "What features of do you like?"

Feel free to take the poll or even email Chuck with your thoughts.

Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed. Hey, you've got a three day weekend to get caught up!

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Alltech Founder Dr. Pearse Lyoons Reminsces

In this week's program I'm sharing a conversation with one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech, at the company's annual Symposium. Since I've had the opportunity to attend the annual Alltech Symposiums I've told many people that it is the best conference I've ever attended that's put on by a single company. That is still true this year. Dr. Lyons takes a look back at thirty years of putting on this event. MORE

Does Big = Bad

Big ag has been dubbed a bad word among those in the agricultural community and many wonder if size matters. During the recent Animal Agriculture Alliance's Stakeholders Summit they tackled that topic with a panel on "Does Big = Bad? MORE

Time to #DitchTheRule and Let it Go

After the flooding here in Pensacola, FL a couple weeks ago I was afraid the EPA would declare my concrete driveway a "Waters of the U.S." and not allow me to drive on it. Sounds stupid doesn't it? But if you're a farmer there is nothing stupid about what the EPA is doing with the proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule that lets the agency regulate small ponds, ditches, rainwater flowing through low spots and isolated wet spots - the same as if they were a river or other navigable waterways. This is a serious threat to farming and ranching, homebuilding, energy production and other land uses. MORE
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Ethanol Groups Participate in China Trade

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse led a mission to promote U.S. agricultural exports in northeast China May 5-13. The mission is part of President Obama's "Made in Rural America" export and investment initiative, designed to help rural businesses and leaders take advantage of new investment opportunities and access new customers and markets abroad. MORE

Minnesota is First to Mandate B10 Biodiesel

The land of 10,000 lakes becomes the first for another 10... a 10 percent biodiesel mandate. The move from a B5 to B10 blending requirement for summer months starting this July 1st was welcomed by the growers of the most popular feedstock, soybeans.  MORE

Airline Industry Looks to Renewable Diesel


In an effort to become more green in the blue skies, the airline industry could turn to renewable diesel. This article in The Motley Fool says as the industry looks to lower its share of greenhouse gas emissions ... about 2 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions currently comes from jet airliners ... a more sustainable source of jet fuel is being sought. MORE
 Precision Pays

How Secure is my data?

There has been a lot of buzz recently over precision ag data and its recent integration into the world of cloud computing. This buzz has sparked quite a debate over who really owns this data. Does the grower own this data, or is this data available for others? This debate seems to be gaining as much traction as the classic argument; "which tractor is better; green, red, blue, purple or yellow?" MORE

Homegrown by Heroes

Few vocations are as American as veterans and farmers and now there is a new initiative that helps those who are both. MORE

Getting the Dirt on Soil


The U.S. Geological Survey has released a set of maps depicting the distribution of selected chemical elements and minerals in soils across the country.  MORE



USDA Defends Healthier School Lunch Program


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, William S. Wallace, General, U.S. Army (Retired), James A. "Jamie" Barnett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Retired) and School Food Service Director Donna Martin of Burke County, Ga. participated in a media call today to "discuss efforts by some Members of Congress and special interest groups to undermine childhood nutrition standards and the effect that would have on military readiness." MORE


USDA Ag Trade Mission to China

USDA just concluded a trade mission to China promoting U.S. biofuels and agricultural products. Kelly Davis with Renewable Fuels Association, Jim Miller of Growth Energy and Roger Johnson president of National Farmer's Union all participated in the trade mission and held a press conference today to discuss the results. MORE

ABM Joins Forces with INCOTEC

Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) based in Van Wert, Ohio, USA and INCOTEC Group B.V. (INCOTEC), based in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands today announce that they have come to an agreement in which INCOTEC will combine ABM's yield enhancing inoculants with INCOTEC's innovative seed coating and enhancement technologies. MORE




Partnership Formed to Aid in Members Legal Issues                      


Milk Producers Council (MPC) and Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation (Weintraub) announced their new strategic partnership. The partnership was created to provide labor and employment and environmental support services for the dairy family members of MPC and offer these members access to legal counseling. Weintraub's program developed for MPC's members includes unlimited access to Weintraub's monthly Labor and Employment Seminars, regular updates on evolving labor/employment and environmental issues, as well as 24/7 access to its attorneys.MORE

Nedap Electronic Sow Feeding System


Nedap continues to improve sow performance with its electronic sow management system in the United States. Their electronic sow feeding system has been implemented on key operations in the U.S., with sow managers finding multiple production benefits, including: greater consistency in body condition scores, better conception rates, minimized stress on the sows and a more balanced sow parity structure. MORE

Online Livestock Auction Now Accepting Bids

Livestock auctions are moo-ving online. Pasture Road, a groundbreaking livestock auction, allows you to hawk your wares from the comfort of your home, barn or hay bale. MORE 
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