July 11, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We hope you all had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed some time off. In our latest ZimmPoll you told us that hamburger, hot dogs, steaks pork chops were on your grills. Pretty much same here at ZimmComm World Headquarters.

Most of the ZimmComm team is still on summer break but Joanna will be at Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 NASCAR race presented by our sponsor, Enogen. Leah spent some time at this week's Precision Aerial Ag Show, a first of its kind event presented by Penton Farm Progress. And Cindy is visiting the grand baby and then headed to the 5th NAFB Lake Girls Weekend at Agri-Pulse world headquarters. Yeah, we get around!

This week the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance announced that they are seeking the new Faces of Farming & Ranching. If you or someone you know are interested please let them know.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Legislative Issues for Agriculture

Congress back in session this week after the 4th of July holiday, but with all the recesses and holidays coming up before the November elections, there is little time left for them to actually do any work.  MORE

EPA Wants to "Ditch the Myths" about WOTUS 

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a conference call with media this morning in advance of her trip to Missouri this week to talk about the proposed Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS. MORE

Immigration Reform Action Day

A coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups - including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau Federation, AmericanHort, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Western Growers - held a Day of Action for immigration reform today.  MORE


DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Report Shows Oil Companies Block Renewable Fuels  
The biggest names in the oil industry get failing grades when it comes to offering alternative transportation fuels like ethanol, according to a new report card released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). MORE

Railways Not Required to Report Ethanol Delays

A few weeks ago, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) directed Canadian Pacific Railway Company and BNSF Railway Company to report their plans to resolve the backlogs of grain car orders and to submit weekly status reports on grain car service.  MORE 

Ethanol & Corn Production Up, Food & Gas Prices Down

Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy notes that time and again, Big Oil, big Food and special interests are attacking the ethanol industry and placing blame on them for rising food prices. "But when you look at the facts, nothing could be further from the truth. Recently, there has been a surge in ethanol production, while at the same time corn prices have been falling. MORE

Hick Chick Chat on Data Management

Ag Leader Technology featured John McGuire of Simplified Technology Services at the Tech Meets Dirt Road Tour stop I attended recently near Peoria, Illinois and I had the chance to Hick Chick Chat with him about the important issue of data management for agriculture. MORE

Replant Flooded Land to Prevent Erosion

Don't wait to develop a restoration plan for land devastated by recent floods. Quick action can prevent erosion and maintain soil health, said Matt Fenske, vice president of Business Development for Millborn Seeds, a quarter century old grass seed company located in Brookings and North Sioux City, S.D. MORE

Beautiful Wx for Precision Aerial Ag Show


You especially like to have good weather when you're holding an air show! In this case it's the Precision Aerial Ag Show taking place at the Farm Progress Show site in Illinois. Check out the flight schedule that's going on. MORE






2014 Farm Progress Show Preview


The 2014 Farm Progress Show is coming up August 26 - 28 in Boone, Iowa. MORE


MapShots AgStudio Expo Discusses Many Topics on July 28th, 2014 
MapShots will cover various topics at its upcoming AgStudio Expo held July 28 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


Ag leader Technology's Road Tour in Illinois
Ag Leader Technology Meets Dirt in Illinois.  MORE




Book Explores the Popularity, Myths Surrounding Goats                       


Besides their growing popularity with hobby farmers, goats are everywhere, getting millions of views on YouTube, in the news, doing yard maintenance and more. Its in that spirit Voyager Press is publishing the new book, Extraordinary Goats: Meetings With Remarkable Goats, Caprine Wonders & Horned Troublemakers, by Janet Hurst. MORE 

Farmer, Mother & Blogger Talks Biotech at House Hearing


Farmers need to do a better job at connecting with the public when talking about the benefits that biotechnology brings to producers, consumers and the environment, said Joanna Lidback, a dairy farmer from northeast Vermont. Lidback, who also MORE her family's life on the farm, testified during a hearing of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture.

National Safety Conference on Poulty Issues

Through speaker presentations and a series of more informal roundtable discussions, the 2014 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry will address current safety challenges facing industry safety professionals today. Recognizing an ongoing opportunity, special emphasis will be given to ergonomics and reducing cumulative trauma disorders. MORE 
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