July 3, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We wish everyone a very happy Independence Day holiday weekend. God bless the USA! According to the American Farm Bureau Federation you can still put together a July picnic for ten people for less than $6/person! If you need a few grilling ideas for this weekend Chuck has some for you. We also want to know what will be on your grill for the holiday in the ZimmPoll.

And even though gas prices are up again, you can celebrate the fact that they would be even higher without all American fuels like ethanol!

Early this week Chuck wrote about Measuring Social Media Effectiveness. He's wondering how you measure it. How do you report it to the boss or client? What software or services do you use? Let him know. He'd appreciate it.

In case you know someone who might be interested, the AgChat Foundation is seeking applications for the position of full time Executive Director.

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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Hillary Clinton Talks Ag Biotechnology

Hillary Clinton seems to be everywhere these days and this week she spent over an hour at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention in San Diego chatting with BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood, a former congressman from Pennsylvania. MORE

BASF Mervon Fungicide for Specialty Crops 

We learned more about BASF MerivonŽ fungicide at the company's recent media event from Scott Walker, biology project leader. MORE

NCGA Climbs to New Memebership Heights

National Corn Growers Association membership set yet another membership record at the end of June, with 41,185 active members. This membership record replaces the former record of 40,797, set in April. Notably, the April record concluded a three-month run of consistent record membership. MORE


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Ethanol Report on Energy Independence  
As we prepare to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, many of us will be out on the roads driving to see family, friends and fireworks. But, thanks to upheaval in a little country halfway across the world, gas prices are up again so we are going to be paying more at the pump, a stark reminder that we are not so independent when it comes to our energy sources. MORE

Corn Fiber Approved as Cellulosic Feedstock

The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Wednesday to qualify additional fuel pathways for the production of cellulosic biofuel, including crop residue such as corn fiber.  MORE 

RES America's Border Winds Project Blows Ahead

The Border Winds Project is blowing ahead in Roulette County, North Dakota. Renewable Energy Systems Americas has received notice to proceed on construction. The company is the developer and engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project. RES purchased the partially completed project from Sequoia Energy in August 2013. However, when completed, ownership and operation will be transferred to Xcel Energy. MORE

Marrone Bio Opens Michigan Facility

Marrone Bio Innovations, a leading global provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, celebrated the official opening of its Marrone Michigan Manufacturing (M3) facility Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). MORE 

Hick Chick Chat Previews 2014 Farm Progress Show

This week for the Hick Chick Chat we check in with Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show manager. MORE

Precision Pays Podcast: Why biotechnology is the answer


Global food security is a huge concern.But what is the answer to feeding that growing population? During the American Seed Trade Association's annual meeting in June, World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, professor of plant breeding at Purdue, told attendees that biotechnology is part of that solution to feeding a hungry world. MORE






NCBA Awaiting WTO Decision on Cool


The World Trade Organization has reportedly made a decision on the case against the United States mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law by Canada and Mexico, but it may be some time yet before we hear what it is. MORE


MGEX Crop Call Comments on USDA Reports 
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 Acreage Report today, as well as the Quarterly Grain Stocks report.   MORE


Semple as Chief Executive Officer at ECO AGRO RESOURCES
Eco Agro Resources LLC announces the appointment of Andrew Semple as CEO and Member of Board, based in Sarasota Florida. Semple brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience within the fertilizer industry and recently from his past responsibilities as the Vice President of International Sales with Agrotain International and Koch Agronomic Services.  MORE




Right to Farm Gains Support in Missouri                       


Amendment #1, the Missouri Farming Rights Amendment, will be decided by Missouri voters on August 5. The Missouri Farmers Care coalition, comprised of more than 40 statewide agricultural organizations, is working hard to pass the amendment. MORE 

Researchers Study New Animal Deworming Agent


After two moderate doses of a bacteria-derived protein were fed to worm-infected swine in an experiment, all intestinal roundworm larvae in the swine were damaged or destroyed and the infection was nearly completely eliminated, according to U.S. Department of Agricultur (USDA) and University of California-San Diego scientists. MORE

Select Sires Cananda & GenerVations Become One 

Select Sires Canada Inc. and GenerVations Inc. have joined forces to form Select Sires GenerVations Inc. following Select Sires Inc.'s purchase of GenerVations. Select Sires GenerVations will market semen across all of Canada including western Canada, which was formerly served by All West/Select Sires, creating a truly Canadian company. Talented and passionate employees of these organizations have combined to form an unparalleled team to serve Canadian dairy and beef breeders. Select Sires GenerVations will be based in Kemptville, Ontario. MORE 
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