June 6, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans:


The ZimmComm team was back in action this week. Chuck started things off at the Corn Utilization Technology Conference Most of his interviews will be appearing on Corn Commentary the NCGA blog. Cindy, John and Joanna then went to the big pig gig in Des Moines, World Pork Expo. Judging from their photos, there were a lot of press conferences at the show.

Next week will be even busier with Chuck in Chicago for the USFRA Food Dialogues, Cindy in RTP for a BASF event before joining Jamie in Indianapolis for the ASTA Annual Meeting. The agriblogging highway is heating up as we near the beginning of summer.

We are hoping you've seen "The New AgWired" and would love your feedback. We've completely re-built the website and have brought our focus on animal and precision agriculture into the AgWired brand. That means that PrecisionPays and WorldDairyDiary are now and Check it out and let us know what you think on our latest ZimmPoll. Chuck created an instructional video to show you the new features with include how to create an AgWired App on your mobile device just by visiting on your device browser!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Ag Secretary Announces PEDv Action at WPX

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited World Pork Expo in his home state of Iowa Thursday to announce federal actions to help combat porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV). MORE

All About Bees

How much do you know about bees? Want to know more? Then listen to this excerpt from Becky Timmons closing session presentation at the Alltech International Symposium. She gave us some very interesting statistics. MORE

The New Agwired and New Agwired App

The ZimmComm team has completely re-built AgWired with hard work from our webmaster. This project was undertaken to consolidate our news network under the AgWired brand and provide a growth platform for the future. We still have some tweaks to do as we get comfortable with a new version of WordPress which allows us to manage multiple websites simultaneously. MORE
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Wet and Dry Milling Focus of Conference

The 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference is underway in Louisville, Kentucky and this year the focus is on wet and dry milling technologies and new uses. MORE

Aventine Re-Opens Ethanol Plant Using Sugar

A Nebraska ethanol plant is back up and running after being idled for two years. But this article from the Lincoln Journal Star says the biggest surprise is the fact that Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. in Aurora is making the green fuel from sugar, not the usual corn feedstock.  MORE

Summer Means NO E15


"The Environmental Protection Agency's outdated interpretation of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) regulations is preventing the sale of E15 in most of the country during the busy summer driving season, adding billions to travelers' fuel costs," said American Coalition for Ethanol senior vice president Ron Lamberty. By unnecessarily limiting the sale of E15 to only flex-fuel vehicle (FFV) owners from June 1 to September 15 in areas where most gasoline is used, Lamberty says EPA is effectively requiring drivers to purchase lower octane fuel for 5 to 40 cents. MORE

Crop Scouting - Using All Your Precision Ag Data Part 2

Last week, we discussed utilizing your precision ag data while crop scouting. While it's important to have access to that reference data in the field, you may ask yourself how can I use GPS technology to precisely and more efficiently record crop and pest observations? Or how can I precisely map and integrate my crop sensor readings into precision scouting software? How can I create custom tailored scouting reports and securely archive scouting data? MORE

Precision Pays Podcast: Protecting your grain

When I think about the importance of using technology in agriculture today, the systems used for planting, harvesting, and even crop scouting are some of the first things that come to mind. But what about after you've planted and harvested that crop and you have it stored on your farm? MORE

SoyCam Shares Illinois Soybean Production Experiences


Soybean planting is underway, and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) makes it easy for educators and consumers to see the process in action. ISA's offers a firsthand, season-long view of soybean production. MORE



2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference


The National Corn Growers Association 2014 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference was held June 2-4 in Louisville, Kentucky. MORE

Interview with Kristin Meadors - Podcast
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ABM Announces New Patent to Improve Plant Growth 
Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,716,001 for a Trichoderma strain that induces resistance to plant diseases and increases plant growth. The patent was issued to Cornell University and ABM has exclusive worldwide rights. MORE


MapShots Holds 2014 Ag Studio Expo 
MapShots, Inc. will hold its 2014 AgStudio Expo on July 28, 2014, at the Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. MapShots holds this meeting yearly to highlight their AgStudio line of products to new customers and discuss updates with existing customers. This is held the day before the InfoAg Conference which is the preeminent conference for agricultural technology applications and data management. MORE




Economic Outlook for Pork Industry                      


Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provided an update on the economic outlook for the pork industry at the 2014 World Pork Expo on Thursday. MORE

PRRS Loses Steam with BIVI Solutions


Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) celebrated 20 years of PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome) solutions during this year's World Pork Expo. Reid Philips, DVM, technical manager for PRRS vaccines and BIVI outlined how far the swine industry has come in the last two decades in controlling the virus.MORE

Beef Remains the Top Protein in Foodservice

Beef experienced significant volume growth in the past year and continues to be a mainstay on the menu, according to the 2013 Usage and Volumetric Assessment of Beef in Foodservice report, proprietary research from the Beef Checkoff Program.
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