July 18, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

The ZimmComm team is enjoying a summer break before getting back in on-location action next week starting with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and Agricultural Media Summit.  There is a lot on the schedule in the next couple months so we're pretty sure we'll see many of you somewhere!

One of the hottest topics in the ag sector lately has been the uncertainty caused by the proposed EPA Waters of the U.S. rule.  You've probably followed the #WOTUS or #DitchTheRule hashtags.  Our latest New Holland sponsored ZimmPoll asked "How would the EPA water rule affect you?"  Even though the EPA is saying that all normal farming practices are exempt the answers we got were primarily: Just more govt. regulation, Permits required for routine activities and Will regulate more of my property.  Yeah, who is going to believe anything our government says these days?

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Animal Health Companies Pursuing IPOs 

According to the folks at Husch Blackwell we're seeing a growing phenomenon of animal health companies pursuing IPOs. I visited with Jim Ash and Stan Baker last week about this largely unnoticed trend. Husch Blackwell is a national legal firm with a Food & Agribusiness team. They even have a D.V.M. on the staff - Stan Baker!  MORE

Find the Iowa Corn Farmer at RAGBRAI  

If I wasn't getting on the agriblogging highway next week I'd like to be on RAGBRAI. Not going to happen this year. But we can enjoy the social media content that I'm sure will be coming. MORE

2014 Cooperative Communicators Winners Showcase 

Want to see who the winners are in this year's Cooperative Communicators Association Communications Contest? Here's where you can see the best writing, publication, photography and more.  MORE


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QCCP - Syngenta Collaboration Produces Cellulosic Ethanol   
Syngenta and Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) are collaborating to produce cellulosic ethanol from corn kernels as well as to license the technology to other ethanol plants. The first-of-its-kind technology is known as Adding Cellulosic Ethanol and was developed by QCCP, who expects to produce one million gallons of cellulosic ethanol in 2014 and two million gallons in 2015. MORE 

Biodiesel Put to the Test in Dodge Ram 

It's always good to see the results of biodiesel put into real test situations. This great article from Diesel Power magazine put the green fuel at a B20 (20 percent biodiesel) level to the test in a 2014 Ram 2500 and showed just how good biodiesel can be, providing fewer emissions, lubricating the engine better, and actually being a cheaper source of fuel in some parts of the country.  MORE 

Wind Power Growth Surging Where Supported 

According to Worldwatch Research Associate Mark Konold and Climate and Energy Intern Xiangyu Wu, double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. In the latest Vital Signs, the writers state that there are 318 GW of wind capacity online today with 35 GW added in 2013. However, the growth was a significant drop from the average growth rate over the last 10 years (21%). In addition, overall investment declined slightly from $80.9 billion in 2012 to $80.3 billion in 2013. MORE

Ag Leader at InfoAg Conference 

July 29-31, growers, crop consultants and other industry representatives will be able to find Ag Leader experts at the InfoAg Conference at Union Station in St. Louis, Mo. This show is a premier conference for attendees to hear about a wide range of topics on technology applications and data management and interpretation. MORE 

Hick Chick Chat with Central Illinois Farmers 

This week's Hick Chick Chat was recorded during the 2014 Precision Aerial Ag Show at Progress City where I literally bumped into former National Corn Growers Association president Leon Corzine while he was chatting with another central Illinois farmer, Jim Reed. I decided that it would be a good time to talk about precision ag and how it's making the differences on their farms as well as how important having a one of a kind show like PAAS is to the area. MORE


Customer Service Is A Way of Life for MapShots 


Good customer service is a rare commodity these days. You read countless articles touting the "no-customer service" from cable tv companies or large banks. That's not the case with MapShots, Inc. a leading agricultural data management software company. MORE



Impact of California Drought 


A new study from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences shows the current drought is the third most severe on record and is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture. MORE


American Ethanol 200 Wins Big in Iowa 
The American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen took place on Friday, March 11, 2014 and ethanol had a big win. Syngenta donated $108,000 to Growth Energy as part of its $1 per acre program to help support ethanol infrastructure. Syngenta's $1 per acre program is a three-year program where the company donates $1 for every acre of Enogen trait corn that is planted. Enogen was specially developed to improve ethanol production.  MORE
Syngenta Press Conference - Podcast

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Eggland's Best Celebrates 20 Billion Eggs                         

Eggland's Best (EB) this week is celebrating the 20 billionth USDA-approved Eggland's Best egg MORE 

Wireless Monitoring of Your Cows and Herd 


We're hearing a lot about health applications of mobile and wearable technology lately. The anticipated iWatch from Apple is expected to open some new doors into that technology. But that's for humans. What about cows? Well a Scottish company is introducing a bluetooth way to monitor cow and herd health - The Well CowTM Bolus. MORE 

Spending Bill Includes Provisions for Producers 

The House Interior appropriations bill passed through committee this week includes language that would "help provide relief from the regulatory burdens that continue to hamper the productivity and profitability of farmers and ranchers across the country," according to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA). MORE 
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