Aug 8, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


It's hard to believe the school kids are back at it and we're nearing the end of summer.  For the ZimmComm Team that means activity ramps up to fever pitch!  We've got a lot of the calendar over the next month so you'll be seeing us out and about at places like the AgWorks User Conference, BIVI Swine Seminar, Farm Progress Show, Alltech Global Dairy and Beef, IFAJ Congress and more.

We are seeking applications for a fall intern.  If you know of someone or could alert them to the opportunity please direct them to contact Chuck or Jamie.

Our latest ZimmPoll, sponsored by New Holland, asked the AgWired community, "I prefer to get my farm news from:

Here's what we were told:

*Computer - 34%
*Mobile Phone - 24%
*Radio - 15%
*Magazine - 14%
*Tablet - 10%
*Other - 3%

There is no stopping the digital age, especially with reliable broadband becoming more and more available.  What do you think of these results?  Are you already excited about Apple and Samsung's upcoming product announcements?

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What's your favorite way to eat peanut butter?

We had to ask this question after completing seven years of blogging for the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.  Chuck likes his on pancakes with maple syrup. Cindy's new favorite is a chopped up grilled PBJ as topping on and ice cream sundae!  Jamie says peanut butter cookies are the best. Let us know your favorite.

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

Remember that this is just a sample of what we've got that's new this week.  You can also check out to see our content aggregated together from the events we cover.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Traveling with Alltech  

In just a few weeks I'll be on the agriblogging highway to France prior to the IFAJ Congress in Scotland. Thank you Alltech for bringing me to the Normandy region for their annual Global Dairy and Beef Conference and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.  MORE

New Holland CR10.90 via ZimmGlass 

Introducing the first and only New Holland CR10.90 combine in North America. For the moment anyway. This bad boy will be on display at shows like Farm Progress. It is a monster of a machine. This one was on display for ag media with a draper head.  MORE

Wireless Portable Charging with QiPack 

What's a QiPack? Funny you should ask. I just happen to have one and used it on the road last week. It's pronounced Chee-Pack btw. Here's how the company describes it. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Motorcycles Fill up on Free E10 at Sturgis   
The third annual "Free Fuel Happy Hours" sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association at the Buffalo Chip Campground for the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally was once again a rousing success. MORE 

Collin Peterson Honored for Ethanol Support

The American Coalition for Ethanol meeting in Minneapolis this week honored Congressman Collin Peterson of Minnesota with its highest award for supporters of ethanol, the Merle Anderson award. Anderson himself presented Peterson with the award, as well as an ethanol lapel pin and five dollars for his campaign.  MORE 

Boeing & SAA Collborate on BioJet Fuel From Tobacco  

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are partnering together to develop aviation biofuel from a specific type of tobacco plant. SkyNRG is currently expanding its production of Solaris, an energy crop hybrid derived from the tobacco plant. Pilot farming of the plant, which is effectively nicotine-free, is underway in South Africa with to end goal of producing advanced biojet fuel from the seeds. As the program expands, Boeing expects emerging technologies to increase South Africa's aviation biofuel production from the rest of the plant. MORE

Precision Part of Michigan Ag Water Quality Strategy 

Michigan agricultural leaders held a conference call Thursday morning to discuss algae bloom issues and proactive water quality efforts being undertaken by producers in the state. MORE 

Ag Leader Announces OnTrac3 Assisted Steering System 

Ag Leader Technology introduced its latest assisted steering system: OnTrac3. The newly designed OnTrac3 represents the next generation of the company's assisted steering system and features a number of improvements to the Electronic Control Unit (ECU)and the Mechanical Drive Unit (MDU). A key update to Ag Leader's assisted steering platform is the addition of an auto-calibration procedure. Through auto-calibration, OnTrac3 provides a simple and streamlined approach to vehicle tuning and calibration. MORE

Alta Seed to Launch 1st Herbicide Tolerant Sorghum Hybrids 


Alta Seeds, the premium brand of Advanta, a leading international supplier of proprietary crop genetics, will demonstrate the first herbicide tolerant sorghum hybrids in their 2014 trials in Hereford, Texas. The first grain sorghum hybrids with this trait will be introduced commercially by Alta Seeds in 2016. Herbicide tolerant grain sorghum will give growers greater ability to control yield-limiting grassy weeds, a key crop for areas with limited rainfall. MORE



USDA Update on Farm Bill  


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a media conference call to provide a six month update on Farm Bill implementation progress. The 2014 Farm Bill reforms agricultural policy reduces the deficit and helps grow the economy. MORE

Podcast HR & Food Roundtable Thinks Outside the Box 
Why is the annual HR & Food Roundtable keep growing each year? Because attendees note year after year that the presentations and workshops help them think outside the box. This year's sold out event took place August 5-7, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  MORE


ECO AGRO RESOURCES Announced Perkins as CMO 
Eco Agro Resources LLC announced the strategic transition of Ray Perkins to Chief Management Officer (CMO) based in Tampa, FL. Perkins is one of the founders of the company and will assume these new responsibilities immediately after serving in the sales management role.  MORE




Help Raise Funds for Hereford Research                          

A variety of unique items and opportunities will be up for bid Sept. 5 during "The Cutting Edge Sale" aboard the Showboat Branson Belle. Hereford enthusiasts will be gathering for an evening aboard the boat on Table Rock Lake after wrapping up the Hereford Genetic Summit in nearby Springfield, Mo. MORE 

NMPF Wants Dairy Ingredients Problem Fixed 


The National Milk Producers Federation wants the Food and Drug Administration to fix a problem in the planned definition of added sugars on food labels, saying it appears to include dairy products used as food ingredients, even though the lactose - or "milk sugar" - in those products occurs naturally. MORE 

Propane Users to Find Info on One Website 


Users of propane will now be able to find information on the clean fuel consolidated on one website. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announced it is combining information that used to be available on several sites, including,,, and, into one place, where customers can find information on propane's many uses in transportation, commercial landscaping, agriculture, residential, and industrial markets. MORE 
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