Aug 1, 2014

Hi ZimmComm Fans:


It has been a busy week for the ZimmComm Team so this is going to be a short one late on Friday afternoon.  Chuck is on his way home from New Holland, PA and the New Holland Product Launch Media Day.  He went there after Ag Media Summit, where he worked with our summer intern Sara Gillum, and the Southern Peanut Growers Conference.  Cindy just returned home from St. Louis where she and Leah Guffey covered the InfoAg Conference.  Of course Cindy took time to see Cruz Baby.  If you don't now who the Cruz Baby is just check her Facebook page.  Jamie Johansen is in Denver at the Cattle Industry Summer Conference and Leah is getting ready to head to Sturgis, SD for the annual Motorcycle Rally.  Thank you to all our sponsors who make our coverage of these events possible.

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Talking with Forrest Lucas

Have you heard of Protect The Harvest? Probably. How about hearing from the founder?  MORE

Serious Thoughts from a Funny Guy

Chuck interviewed him twice last year - at the NAMA conference and then again at the O.H. Kruse event - but the first time I have seen him was over the weekend at the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, and I suspect it won't be the last. He is making a name for himself as "Agriculture's Professional Funny Man" and has a growing client list of agricultural companies and organizations. If you haven't seen him yet, you probably will soon and you won't be disappointed.  MORE

New Holland Ag Journalist Italy Trip Contest

Hey ag journalists. Want to win a trip to Italy courtesy of New Holland? Here's what you have to do. MORE


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DF Cast: Syngenta Helps Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts  
A company that is getting more ethanol out of corn is trying to get more infrastructure for higher blends of ethanol. Recently, Syngenta announced a new fund to help fuel retailers put in infrastructure to handle higher blends of ethanol from E15 to E85. The announcement was made at a NASCAR event, where fans have been able to witness just how good the higher blends are for engines. MORE

U.S. Biogas Producer Map Unveiled

The 2015 U.S. Biogas Producer Map and list is now available from Biomass Magazine. The online map plots the location and status of all U.S. biogas production from on-farm facilities and waste water treatment plants producing grid-connected bioenergy.  MORE

Plug-In Electric Vehicles Talk in the Cloud

Plug-In electric vehicles (EV) will soon be "talking in the cloud" as Ford Motor Company collaborates with seven of the world's largest automakers and 15 utility companies to develop technologies for EVs to talk to the utilities via the cloud. According to Ford, this would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid. MORE

Hick Chick Chat: Rolling into Sturgis

I'm really excited to announce that Chuck and Cindy have offered me a bucket list opportunity to attend the 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. MORE 

Precision Pays Podcast: Technology Meets Dirt Road

 Ag Leader Technology launched their Technology Meets Dirt Road Tour in June.  Michael Vos, dealer development manager for Ag Leader Technology, says growers had the opportunity to get their hands on the equipment during the field demonstrations after they heard about it from the experts. MORE


Forum for Sustainable Water Management


On Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Center for Food Integrity, in cooperation with the Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, will host the Forum for Sustainable Water Management in Lincoln, Nebraska. MORE



Renewable Waste to Bioproducts Free Webinar


Municipal solid waste is a big concern for cities around the world and many are discovering that they can make money from their waste. How? But converting the waste stream into biofuels and bioproducts. Yet a question that remains to be answered is where and when will this development play out and how are developers strategizing their business model to reach commercialization? MORE


Iteris and Statshot Partner for Better Crop Management
Iteris, Inc. a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, is partnering with Satshot, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and aerial imagery, to provide multispectral images for assessing crop growth and deficiencies on fields through the Satshot user interface  MORE


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."  MORE




Policy Talks Underway at Cattle Industry Summer Conference                        

The 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference is well underway here in Denver, CO. Cattlemen and women have gathered to discuss pressing issues affecting producers nationwide. I sat down with Philip Ellis, 2014 NCBA President Elect and he shed some light into what the cattlemen's organization is doing to advocate and educate. MORE

Utilize Second Crop to Meet Your Nutrient Needs


John Klein, Corn Replacement Feed & Forage Products Business Manager for ADM had a chance to visit with Chuck the other day about one of the products they offer called ADM Second Crop. The title was given to a process they created for treating crop residue. MORE 

The Revolution of Precision Nutrition


Chuck recently spoke to ADM's Jeff Hill about their product AMPT which is revolutionizing mineral nutrition. MORE

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