June 13, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans and Friends:


The team has been busy this week. Chuck started out at the USFRA Food Dialogues in Chicago with the topic of Integrity in Food Marketing. Meanwhile Cindy went to RTP for a BASF media event before joining Jamie in Indianapolis for the ASTA Annual Meeting, and Leah went to the Fuel Ethanol Workshop. Chuck is now on the Lost Boys Weekend at Agri-Pulse International Headquarters at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Yep, we've got lots of content for your viewing and listening pleasure!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Farmers Dialoguing About Food

Two farmers got to discuss food on the panel for the USFRA Food Dialogues in Chicago this week. I visited with them and am sharing my conversations in this week's ZimmCast. MORE

BASF Ag Moving into Next Century

BASF itself will be 150 years old next year, but the ag products sector of the company is just a century old this year. MORE

Deron Johnson Joins FLM+

Welcome Deron Johnson back to the midwest. FLM+, a strategic consulting, marketing and communications company, just announced that he will serve as senior vice president and a member of the FLM+ Executive Leadership Team. Deron will be based out of a new FLM+ operating location in Kansas City, Mo., to provide increased support and overall leadership to Kansas City-area based FLM+ clients. MORE


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FEW Panel Looks Back and to Future of Ethanol

Attendees of this week's 30th Annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) heard a discussion of 30 years of past and the next five years ahead for ethanol. MORE

Patriot Renewable Fuels is an Innovative Leader

Last week Patriot Renewable Fuels announced the news that the biofuels plant would be adding ICM's Fiber Separation Technology as well as their Generation 1.5 cellulosic technology to their biorefinery facility located Annawan, Illinois. Patriot is one of the first ethanol plants in the country to adopt both technologies together. During 2014 FEW this week Gene Griffith, co-founder and president of Patriot updated DomesticFuel on the project. It should be noted that this is just one of several major value-added projects Patriot has announced in less than a year making them one of, if not the most innovative ethanol plant/biorefinery in the U.S.  MORE

Calif. to Crack Down on Biodiesel Feedstock Thieves



Theft of kitchen grease to be made into biodiesel has been a growing problem, as entrepreneurs and home brewers have caught on to the low-cost way to make the fuel. In California, according to the Crown City News, a measure to crack down on stealing what used to be just thrown out is advancing in the state legislature, passing by unanimous vote in the Assembly and now heading to the state Senate. MORE

Acadamy - New Summer Courses!

With planting season in full swing, growers and dealers alike are working around the clock to get the crop planted. At the Ag Leader training center, folks are staying plenty busy as well, as they prepare for the summer training season. In the midst of planting most do not think of harvest. However, Ag Leader is excited to announce that they will be offering Harvest 100 - an online course to their dealer network. Online courses allows dealers the advantage of completing training from anywhere at any time. MORE

Hick Chick Chat with Rick Tolman of NCGA

This week I had a chance while at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop to chat with Rick Tolman, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). He's been the CEO since my farm broadcasting infancy and I've done several interviews with him over the years. Shortly after speaking with him at Commodity Classic this past spring he announced his upcoming retirement at the of September. MORE

New Bulk Storage Propts Positive Results


United Suppliers, Inc.� announced it has added three million gallons of storage in Iowa Falls. One of the main attractions for the Iowa Falls site is the rail spur access, which the company needed due to a loss in local rail service in Eldora, IA. Increase in supply demand is another reason that prompted United Suppliers to build the addition. This addition has increased local employment, recycling efforts and overall capacity.



USFRA Food Dialogues Chicago


The June 2014 USFRA Food Dialogues discussion took place in Chicago with the theme Integrity in Food Marketing. MORE

Farmers Food Dialoguing About Food - Podcast
Listen to more audio here.


BASF Ag Media Summit 
The semi-annual BASF Ag Media Summit was held June 10-12 in the home state of the crop protection division, North Carolina. MORE
BASF Highlights North American Investment - Podcast
Listen to more audio here.


2014 ASTA Convention
The American Seed Trade Association 131st annual meeting was held June 11-14, 2014 in Indianapolis. MORE
ASTA Annual Meeting Kicks Off - Podcast
Listen to more audio here.




ISU's Dr. Gauger Explains All Things PEDV                     


The emergence of PEDV took the U.S. by storm and according to Dr Phillip Gauger, with Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, between April 28 - May 4, 2013 they had four separate ISU-VDL submissions - one from Indiana and three from Iowa - from farms with no relationship. He and his team realized after running diagnostic tests that more tests were needed. Then in partnership with the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) they conducted additional tests and discovered the virus was PEDV (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus). On May 17, 2013 NVSL announced that PEDV was in the U.S. and with that the PEDV epidemic began. MORE

International Dairy Industry Invited to Experience WDE


Producers and industry partners from across the globe are encouraged to make plans now to attend World Dairy Expo - "Designer Dairy"- September 30 - October 4 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., USA. Focused on the newest research, products and services that are relevant to today's dairy operations, Expo has become the industry's "must attend" event. Thousands of visitors from countries around the world are expected to gather at Expo to discover the latest innovations. MORE

DBA Announces Leadership Expansion

The Dairy Business Association (DBA) is a statewide organization that stands in the center of Wisconsin's $26-billion-per year milk industry. Comprised of representatives from all aspects of the industry, DBA is focused on understanding, anticipating and influencing the policy landscape that will drive Wisconsin's dairy-based economy. As one of the largest producers of milk and dairy products in the world, the economic impact of Wisconsin's dairy industry is not only significant at the state level, but increasingly relevant at the national and international levels. In recognition of this role, the DBA Board of Directors announces the creation of a new position, Director of Dairy Policy.
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