Aug 15, 2014


Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We've got so many items for you to enjoy in the ZimmComm News Network that there's really something for everyone!  On Precision.Agwired, Chuck attended the AgWorks User Conference in Davenport, Iowa where he did a Google Glass live stream test. On Animal.Agwired, Cindy is in North Carolina at the BIVI Swine Health Seminar.  Joanna has posted more stories on AgWired from the AgCareers HR Roundtable. And on Domestic Fuel, we wrapped up coverage of last week's American Coalition for Ethanol annual meeting. So we hope we're keeping you informed and entertained!

Besides finding out the ways you like peanut butter from our last ZimmPoll we're now asking What do you think of Right to Farm laws?  Missouri just narrowly passed one and North Dakota has had one for a couple years.

We're running out of time today to list some of the key audio files you'll find throughout the ZimmComm News Network but there is a lot to choose from.  You can visit AgWired and associated websites anytime, subscribe or get the Agwired App. And remember AgNewsWire where we aggregate coverage of events and post much of the audio we compile each week. We're trying to make it easy for you.

Quoting from one of my favorite people, Bobby Likis, "Like us?  You're gonna love us!"

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New Documentary Chronicles Dry Times in Colorado

Host of Colorado's 850 KOA Morning Show, Steffan Tubbs, and producer/director of Droughtland the documentary, spoke to attendees of this year's Cattle Industry Summer Conference. Steffan grew up with a great appreciation for farmers and ranchers and as he moved through his career in journalism, he has continued to express a passion for the ag community and has spent the last year gathering footage of Coloradans who have been hit by the most recent drought.  MORE

The Voice of Students: How to Hire Us

With a great need for talent in the agriculture industry, the human resources industry is looking to students at two and four-year college campuses. But what is the best way to reach them? This question was explored during the panel: "The Voice of Students- Effective Student Recruitment," during the 2014 HR & Food RoundtableMORE

Special Showing of The Great American Wheat Harvest 

I'll be off to Bismarck at the end of next week to watch a special showing of The Great American Wheat Harvest. You can find it at the Grand 22 movie theatre at 7pm on the 22nd. MORE
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RFA Making Inroads in Motorcycle Education   
Concluding the sixth year of sponsorship at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the Buffalo Chip Campground, Robert White with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) believes they are making some real headway in getting the true story about ethanol to motorcycle riders. MORE 

Solar & Storage Microgrid Project Planned for Vermont

A new solar + storage microgrid project has been announced for Rutland, Vermont. The Stafford Hills project is being developed by Green Mountain Power in collaboration with Dynapower and GroSolar. The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Electricity along with the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP) funded the energy storage component project along with funds from the State of Vermont. In addition, the project is being managed by Clean Energy States Alliance and Sandia National Laboratories.  MORE 

Ecotech's Clean Jobs Index Shows Clean Job Growth

There are more than two million job postings in the clean and sustainable energy sector for the first two quarters of 2014, according to Ecotech Institute's Clean Job Index that looks at job postings in the green energy sector. This is nearly a 88 percent increase from this time last year. Ecotech Institute created the Clean Jobs Index to provide objective job information about the renewable energy industry. MORE

Hick Chick Chat from The Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip 

Last week I crossed one thing off my bucket list thanks to the Renewable Fuels Association and ZimmComm. I was able to attend and cover the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. The Legendary Buffalo Chip opened for the first time in 1981 hosting the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling (TM) and the Best Party Anywhere (TM) There's more than 580 acres of creek fed land that hosts the hottest stars, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and 9 days of live music in the amphitheater. There's more than 25 bars, food and beverage vendors and exhibits. MORE 

In-Cab Wifi From Ayrstone

Need wireless productivity on your farm? Ayrstone is here to help. Bill Moffitt, Founder/President, was on hand at the recent Ag Media Summit to talk about their new products, including the new AyrMesh Cab Hub. MORE

New Online Tool Helps Farmers Use Climate Data 


Two new online decision-making tools are available to farmers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Useful to Usable, or U2U, research project, according to state climatologist and South Dakota State University associate professor Dennis Todey. The project is funded through the Agriculture and Foods Research Initiative. MORE



Ditch the Rule at Missouri State Fair


Agriculture's "Ditch the Rule" campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule was highlighted at the Missouri State Fair this week. MORE



AgWorks Users Conference
AgWorks holds it annual User Conference in Davenport, IA. The conference brings customer users together to see new software features like the just announced AgOS. Here are interviews and photos you may feel free to use. More will be added when available.  MORE




Producer Reaction to ROI Study                          

Dawn Caldwell, producer from Edgar, Neb., and vice chair of the checkoff's Evaluation Committee, reports about how the recent Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments study validates what she's always known about the checkoff program. MORE 

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation 


The National Pork Board has launched a new campaign called #RealPigFarming, that uses major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to educate the general public about the pork industry. MORE

Largest Crop Nutrition Research Farm to Host Tours


Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers will host growers and retailers at their North Central Research Station, outside St. Johns, Mich. later this month. Educational tours and crop nutrition demonstrations will begin and end at the company's new world headquarters facility at the corner of DeWitt Rd. and M-21 on the northwest corner of St. Johns. Buses will transport attendees to the 750 tillable-acre research facility where AgroLiquid researchers Dr. Jerry Wilhm, Stephanie Zelinko, Tim Duckert and Dr. Brian Levene will be on hand to answer questions and present the latest findings in crop nutrition. MORE 
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