Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We're back on the road. Right now Chuck and Cindy are in Panama City Beach for the 2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference. This is our 7th year working with the Souther Peanut Farmers Federation to publish their conference blog
Time flies when you're having fun. And these peanut growers like to have fun. One new experience they've had this year was trying a Grilled PBJ Sundae
(sliced up grilled PBJ on top of vanilla ice cream). Awesome.
Tomorrow Chuck will head on to Indianapolis for the Ag Media Summit
courtesy of FMC and New Holland. He'll be working with our summer intern Sara Gillum
If you are attending the event please say hi to Sara. She's an agricultural journalism student at Mizzou and will be needing a job someday!
So for all the AgNerds out there our new ZimmPoll
asks the question, "How can technology make farming even better?"
We've been covering lots of precision farming conferences this summer, from the recent Precision Aerial Ag Show in Illinois, to this week's International Conference on Precision Ag in California, to next week's InfoAg Expo in St. Louis. Sometimes it seems like farming can't get any more technological - but can it? What would you like to see on the farm that has yet to become commercially available?
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Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
Busy Week in D.C. for Corn Growers
Members of the National Corn Growers Association had a busy week in the nation's capital last week - hearing from and meeting with administration officials and lawmakers, saying goodbye to retiring industry leaders, and inspiring new young leaders. MORE
ZimmComm Summer Intern
Let me introduce you to Sara Gillum, the ZimmComm Summer Intern. Sara will get her first taste of agriblogging at the Ag Media Summit coming up in Indianapolis. MORE
Tecomate Enters Strategic Alliance with Pinnacle Ag Holdings
Let's talk food plots. You know what those are right? You sure do if you enjoy hunting. I do and want to try some good seed for the Crystal Pig Hunt Club food
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USDA Selects 36 Energy Facilities for Biomass Deliveries
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected 36 energy facilities in 14 states to accept biomass deliveries as part of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). Biomass owners who supply these bioenergy facilities may qualify for BCAP delivery assistance beginning July 28, 2014. BCAP was reauthorized in the 2014 Farm Bill. MORE
EPA Hears Corn Growers Concerns About RFS
Members of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) meeting in Washington DC were able to share their concerns about the delayed rule on 2014 volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard with EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. MORE
White House Gathers Senate Dems on RFS Proposal
In what could be seen as a sign that an unpopular decision is about to be rendered by the Obama Administration on ethanol and biodiesel, a select group of Senate Democrats have met with the White House. The Hill reports White House adviser John Podesta met with the group on Thursday to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE
Professor Discusses Precision Weed Control at ICPA
Dr. David Slaughter is a Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis and spoke on using precision technology in weed control at the International Conference on Precision Agriculture
GROWMARK Picks AgIntegrated for Info Platform
GROWMARK has teamed up with AgIntegrated (AGI) for
the development of FS Advanced Information Services (FS AIS), a suite of tools to "connect data, analysis, insight, and application into one complete user experience for advanced field optimization." MOREPodcast
Ag Leader DirectCommand Application Management
Ag Leader Technology has announced additional features to its DirectCommand application managment system. This update is part of a recent firmware upgrade - version 5.4 - to the Ag Leader Integra and Versa displays. MORE
UAV Flying High at Progress City
Ag UAV's were flying around Progress City in Decatur, Illinois in the first of its kind Precision Aerial Ag Show held July 9-10. MORE
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A new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows that over the past four years, ethanol has been the most economically competitive motor fuel and octane source in the world. MORE
Pork President-Elect Arrested in D.C.
The president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC
) was arrested on Wednesday in Washington D.C. going through security at one of the U.S. Capitol buildings with a 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag. MORE
Potential Link in Feeding DDGS & Necrotic Enteritis in Broilers
USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce
the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., that found a potential link between feeding DDGS and necrotic enteritis in broilers. The project is part of the Association's comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY's website, www.uspoultry.org. MORE
Maverick was First Beef Spokesman
With the passing of film and television actor James Garner over the weekend, many are remembering his popular roles such as Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series "Maverick" and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama "The Rockford Files."
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