Sep 12, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We hope you've been following the world @AgriBlogger as he moved from Boone, IA to Deauville, France and Aberdeen, Scotland. Now he's looking ahead to next week's NAMA Fall Conference in Chicago!

The ZimmComm Team is continuing to publish stories from several other recent events like the Farm Progress Show. You'll find lots of great content with photos and interviews on AgWired!

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, How important is it to know about farming in other countries?

This might be the most one-sided poll we have every had. It seems, and we definitely don't disagree, that having a global understanding of agriculture is crucial. We may not all be able to learn about them first-hand, but thats where ZimmComm helps you out!

Here are the poll results:

Very important, global economy - 91%
Not important, who cares - 4%
Somewhat, simply curious - 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Would you buy an Apple Watch?

Apple's roll-out of a few clever and exciting new techie items has lead us to wonder if their new Apple Watch is something you plan on spending money on. It's a no brainer that all Apple product enthusiasts will eventually be owning an iPhone 6, but do the product specs of the Apple Watch intrigue you enough to make the investment. Do you see it being a must have in years to come?

Speaking of Apple, the AgWired App has been updated in iOS. Install or update. Easiest way to check on what's new in the world of agribusiness on your iOS device.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


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2014 IFAJ Congress Wrap
I'm calling on all AAEA, LPC, NAAJ and NAFB members to put the annual IFAJ Congress on your calendars. In October 2015 it will be in New ZealandMORE

Wheat Harvest Documentary Reviews

We talked with a couple of the people at the showing last month of "The Great American Wheat Harvest" in Bismark, North Dakota and everyone seemed to give it two thumbs up. MORE

GROWMARK FS Promotes N Management

The FS STAR Energy/GROWMARK tent was the place to be at Farm Progress Show to learn more about nitrogen management. MORE
DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Dueling RFS Ads Have Same Tune 
Both the American Petroleum Institute and Fuels America unveiled new media campaigns this week targeted at telling the White House what to do when it comes to volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Both organizations held conference calls with reporters to announce the new campaigns. MORE

Ethanol Report on Corn and Food Prices

In this edition of the Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper talks about how corn prices have fallen but food prices continue to rise, and how that shows the "food versus fuel" argument is false.  MORE

RFA: Rail Congestion Must Get Resolved

Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is speaking out again with the problems of rail congestion that is slowing down the delivery of ethanol and ethanol byproducts across the country. He submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that held a hearing yesterday to examine rail congestion and the harmful impact it has had on agriculture and other commodities. Dinneen stressed the role that Bakken Crude rail shipments have played in increasing dwell times and decreasing train speeds and pointed toward the negative impact these delays are having on ethanol producers. MORE

Hick Chick Chat with Bill Northey

We talked about the importance of having the Farm Progress Show in Iowa, how the corn and soybean crops look this year, his hope of being elected to another four year term as agriculture secretary for the state, and what he learned serving as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture for 2011/12. MORE 



Biologics Business is Booming

The market for biopesticides and other biologics in crop protection is growing fast and the industry is making significant investments in more research and development for these types of products.

Husker Harvest Days Supporting America's Food Drive


American's Food Drive is taking place again this year during Husker Harvest Days from Tuesday, September 9, 2014 through Thursday, September 11, 2014 in Grand Island, Nebraska. During this year's show, the attendees will have the opportunity to fight hunger in Nebraska. Organizers of the food drive will be accepting nonperishable food donations and will be donated to local hunger organizations. The food drive is sponsored by Monsanto in conjunction with Farm Progress and will benefit Heartland United Way. MORE



USDA Crop Report Comments


USDA has increased its estimate of both the corn and soybean crops this month, building on already forecast record highs. MORE

National Corn Growers Association- Podcast
Minneapolis Grain Exchange crop call- Podcast


Conservation Easement Program Investments  
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that $328 million in conservation funding is being invested to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which was created in the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical wetlands and encourage producers to keep lands in farming and ranchingMORE


iCropTrak 5: Farming App with On-Board Analytics
Cogent3D has released iCropTrak 5 - an "on-board" processing for mobile analytics farming application that is based on technology originally developed for the military. This technology is a bit different than many that are based in the "cloud" or on your desktop. iCropTrak version 5 performs all the processing needed on your iPad and in the field or wherever you need to be even without a wireless connectionMORE




The Value of Hereford Genetics in Commerical Herds

One of the hot topics discussed during the American Hereford Association's Hereford Genetic Summit was the commercial cattle industry. More importantly, the value of Hereford genetics in breeding high quality feeder cattle. MORE

Stakeholders Summit Hits the Road


After a wildly successful 2013 Stakeholders Summit, the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that it will be hosting its 14th annual Summit in Kansas City Missouri on May 6-7 2015-in an effort to connect with even more industry stakeholders, help present agriculture decision makers with the issues of the day and collaboratively problem solve. MORE

WOTUS Topic of Next Farm Foundation Forum


As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers takes public comment on their proposed "Waters of the United States" or WOTUS regulations, Farm Foundation is offering a forum on the issue. Next Wednesday, Sept. 17th from 9 am-11 am at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Farm Foundation hosts a free forum on how the regulation would expand EPA and Corps authority and could impede land-use decisions and farming practices near the waters in question. MORE
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