Aug 29, 2014

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


The ZimmComm Team was in action this week in Boone, IA for the weather shortened Farm Progress Show.  We have plenty of stories to share on AgWired and and hope you enjoy them.  Thank you to all our sponsors for their support !


Chuck is already back on the agriblogging highway heading to the Normandy, France area for the Alltech Global Beef & Dairy Conference and World Equestrian Games.  He travels on from there next week to the annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Here are some interviews and audio from this week you might have missed and there is a lot more to enjoy online:



Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Another Successful NAMA Boot Camp
This year marked the 11th annual NAMA Boot Camp, a three day conference for professionals in the agriculture industry or in marketing positions. Event participants were able to hear from several different speakers with topics ranging from challenges in the beef industry to the latest and greatest technologies. I visited with NAMA Boot Camp Chair Amanda Sollman to learn more details on the event. MORE

Congrats to FMC Anthem Contest Finalists

The final four in the 2014 FMC "Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest" were announced earlier this month and it is time this week to move into the next phase of the competition to choose this year's winner. MORE

BASF Farm Perspectives Survey

At the Farm Progress Show this week, BASF released a new Farm Perspectives Study, conducted earlier this year, comparing consumer and farmer viewpoints on agriculture-related issues based on opinions from more than 9,000 people in seven different countries. MORE
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American Ethanol a Winner for Corn Growers  
The American Ethanol NASCAR program is in its fourth year now and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) considers it to be a big success. MORE

Book Review: Renewable Energy - Following the Money

Rainy Iowa days make it a nice time to spend the night reading and this week I finished "Renewable Energy- Following the Money," by Craig Shields who is the editor of, a great "greencentric" blog. I had mixed emotions on the book and let me explain why.  MORE 

DF Cast: Ethanol Innovators Talk New Tech at ACE Conf.

Any manufacturer is looking to get more out of their operations, and it's certainly no different for biofuel makers. MORE

Creating a Memorable Customer Experience

The customer's experience is the focus for AgWorks says Chris Sindt, Director of Client Services, as he spoke with Chuck during their recent 2014 AgWorks User Conference. MORE 

Software Built for the Future

As the 2014 AgWorks User Conference wrapped up, Chuck spoke once again with Greg Duhachek, President of AgWorks. With only a few hiccups due to internet issues, Greg was pleased to share the success of the eventMORE

USDA Invests New Conservation Funds for Lake Erie


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allocating $2 million in conservation funds for Ohio to help implement conservation techniques designed to improve water quality. MORE



2014 Farm Progress Show


2014 Farm Progress Show held in Boone, Iowa August 26-28, 2014. For the 9th consecutive year the ZimmComm Team will be at Farm Progress Show, the largest outdoor farm show, to cover all the happenings. MORE

John Deere New Anhydrous Applicator - Podcast
AgInfomatics Identifying the Benefits of Insecticides - Podcast
Listen to more audio here.


NBB Hopes Final RFS Rule Exands Biodiesel Use
The advanced biofuels community is responding this week to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) submission of the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where it will be reviewed. Although the rule is not public, groups are speculating on what the final rule entails with hope still that advanced biofuels will not see a reversal in volumesMORE




Webinar to Help Producers Expand Profitability

CattleFax will hold another of its popular CattleFax Trends+ webinars at 5:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, and registration is now open. Previous Trends+ webinars have attracted nearly 1,500 cow-calf producers, stockers and backgrounders over the past year. MORE

Rising Calf Prices Warrant Attention to Fetal Profitability


Beef producers working to maximize the reproductive potential of their herd with modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines from Zoetis also can take advantage of the industry's most comprehensive vaccine guarantee - the Fetal Protection Guarantee. MORE 

1st North American DairyProQ Breaks Ground


GEA Farm Technologies is proud to announce that ground has been broken on the first North American installation of DairyProQ, a revolutionary milking system allowing farms to install individual, fully automatic, robotic milking stall modules on a rotary parlor. The installation of the 72-stall DairyProQ rotary parlor is occurring at Mlsna East Town Dairy, Cashton, Wis., where the groundbreaking was held on August 20th. MORE
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