Oct 10, 2014
Happy Friday ZimmComm Fans:

The Team has been playing catch up with week from events like the Verdesian Media TourCanadian Farm Writers Federation ConventionWorld Dairy Expo and New Holland Blogger Days   Lots of content being published because, "It's all about the content."  BTW, that's the theme of next week's AgCatalyst event that Chuck will be attending.  While in Minneapolis next week Chuck will also be covering the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo.  

We want to give a shout out of thanks to Trudy A. Kelly ForsytheCultivating Communications, for her help in covering the Canadian Farm Writers Federation event!  Great job.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo
During my trip to Italy last week one of our memorable stops was the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. That sounds like a foodies idea of a college! However, I have to note that the University was started by Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement. He has a rather interesting background according to this post in Wikipedia. Learning this made me wonder what kind of message we would be receiving.  MORE

Farm Journal Announces

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. Eleven years ago when we started farm podcasting the new channel for farm news distribution was in its infancy. Look how far we've come with the latest announcement from Farm Journal Radio (pdf). Farmers are no different from the general public in adopting and using their smart phones and tablets to get information and that includes audio! MORE

My Google Glass Update

I've had an issue crop up with my ZimmGlass that prompted me to write a little more about my use of this demo product. Actually, I've got a number of issues. MORE
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Ethanol Report with New RFA Chairman
Randall Doyal, General Manager and CEO of Minnesota-based Al-Corn Clean Fuel, is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). MORE

"PUMP" Coming to a Theater Near You

There is a new documentary coming to a theater near you: PUMP. The film tells the story of America's addiction to oil. Stories told range from Standard Oil's illegal tactics to the dominance of oil companies. The goal of the film is to explain why and how consumers can end Big Oil's monopoly and "win choice at the pump".  MORE

Mechanics See Ethanol in Action at NASCAR

Mechanics in Kansas had the opportunity to learn about NASCAR first hand when they attended the Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Kansas Speedway hosted by the Kansas Corn Commission. The Commission has been a part of the American Ethanol partnership with Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association and several state corn associations since 2011. MORE

Digi-Star's Rich History of Weight Sensors

Digi-Star took home a 2014 Innovation Award at the World Dairy Expo for their moisture tracker. They also hosted a media event during the show and that is where I met up with Mac Moore, president and CEO of Digi-Star, who spoke with me about the honor and what the company has in store for producers across the country. MORE



Hick Chick Chat: New Pavilions at WDE 2014

This edition of the Hick Chick Chat heads to the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. It's the premiere event for the dairy industry. This year, exhibitors at the 2014 World Dairy Expo are the first to break in the New Holland Pavilions. My colleague, Jamie Johnansen was in Wisconsin this past week for the 2014 event. MORE

What is a GMO?


A new Consumer Reports report on genetically modified food is getting a lot of media attention, despite glaring errors pointed out by the National Corn Growers Association MORE



NCBA Concerns About Beef Checkoff


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met earlier this week with the Beef Checkoff working group and reportedly told them he's planning on implementing a new checkoff program for the industry by January, 2016. MORE


2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Conference
The Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Conference was hosted by the Atlantic Canada Farm Writers Association at Prince Edward Island, October 2-5. With the theme "Dig Deep" the agenda included learning more about the island's biggest crop, potatoes, as well as interesting farming ventures such as mussel production. MORE
Listen to audio here.


Verdesian Los Alamos Media Day
Verdesian Life Sciences is a company focused on science and technology. They are also focused on education - education of journalists, employees, sales representatives and ultimately growers. Verdesian is, as founder and CEO JJ Grow explains, a plant health nutrition company filling in the micronutrient and macronutrient gaps in agriculture. Or, in simpler terms, "Things that fix nitrogen". MORE
Listen to audio here.




Cheese, Cheese & More Cheese

A gourmet breakfast was prepared for us during the media talk event at the 2014 World Dairy Expo by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's executive chef, John Esser. MORE

A New Approach to Calf Milk Replacer Formulation


Land O'Lakes Animal Milk Products introduces a new approach to calf milk replacer formulation with protein blend calf milk replacers. MORE

Allen Harim Hires Haynes as Breeding Manager


Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of chicken on Delmarva, announced it has hired industry veteran, Pat Haynes, as Breeder Manager. MORE
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