Oct 17, 2014
Hello ZimmComm fans!

We've been busy on the Agriblogging highway this week. Chuck was in Minneapolis for two events - the Advanced Biofuels Conference and the AgCatalyst conference. Cindy visited the Everglades Agricultural Area on the annual CTIC Conservation in Action Tour and saw lots of cool stuff like barn owls being used for rodent control in sugarcane!

Next week is an off week for us so Chuck is heading to the Georgia hunting grounds. But, busy days are ahead with trips planned to Germany, National FFA, and California for the Crop Health Lab's Power Growers Seminar.

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Become an AgCatalyst
AgCatalyst is a two day conference where marketing and communications professionals learn how to solve agribusiness challenges and create opportunities by using digital social communications tools and strategies. Presenters include agribusiness and food industry experts and some completely outside the industry.  MORE

Why Not Add Beets to Your Cow Ration

For the first time, Feed Beets took advantage of the World Dairy Expo and shared with producers the opportunities with adding beets into their cattle rations. Lisa Butzer, marketing manager for Feed Beets, explained the nutritional elements to feeding beets and it's benefits to beef and dairy operations. MORE

Barn Owls are Sustainable Rodent Control

Barn owls are being used in the Everglades Agricultural Area as sustainable rodent control - and it's working amazingly well! MORE
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Ethanol Advocacy App
If you're an ethanol advocate, there's an app for that from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). MORE

Algal Industry Questions Focus on Biofuels, America

Matt Carr, joined the Algae Biomass Organization this past June as the executive director coming from the BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) where he was introduced to algae and the algae story and he thought this is where the country should be going in terms of sustainable fuels. Carr joined Joe Jobe, NBB and Michael McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association on a panel to give attendees of the 2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference a policy update and industry outlook for advanced biofuels. MORE

RFA Hammers CARB on ILUC Analysis

Renewable Fuels Association's (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen has submitted a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) where he expresses concern over their analysis of indirect land use (ILUC). He writes, "serious concerns about the openness, transparency, and scientific integrity of staff's new indirect land use change (ILUC) analysis for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)." MORE

AEM Confident Despite Farm Equipment Sales Drop

Farm equipment sales are down significantly this year, but the head of the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's Ag Sector remains optimistic about the industry. MORE



Controlling Phosphorus in the Everglades

This may just look like a swamp but it's actually a very sophisticated stormwater treatment area in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) which is one of several designed to remove phosphorus from urban and agricultural runoff. These public works projects are the second point of cleanup for the water, while the farmers are the first point. MORE

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New Holland Agriculture Claims World Record


New Holland Agriculture has reclaimed the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, harvesting an impressive 729,308.84 bushels of wheat in eight hours with the world's most powerful combine: the 653 hp CR10.90 ElevationMORE



Plant Sap Analysis Seminar


Available for the first time in North America, Plant Sap Analysis is transforming the landscape of American agriculture. With proven success in Europe for over 10 years, this technology reveals nutrient deficiency four to six weeks before standard tissue analysis. MORE


2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour
The Conservation Technology Information Center held its annual Conservation in Action Tour October 14-15 in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). MORE
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2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo
The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo opened with a conversation about the current state of important federal biofuels policies, including the status of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE
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Winter Calf Barn Ventilation 101

Many calf barns rely on natural ventilation to provide clean, fresh air to calf pens. But, as the weather cools down and winter approaches, there can be a tendency to close the doors, windows and curtains on the calf barn in an effort to reduce drafts. Preventing cold air from blowing on calves can help keep calves warm, but when buildings are closed proper air exchange to keep calves healthy through the winter months can be prohibited. MORE

Farm to School & Cooperative Efforts


In celebration of the United Nations' 2014 International Year of Family Farming, this month National Farmers Union (NFU) is highlighting the importance of family farmers and local communities, as well as some of the tools available to help family farmers increase their economic footprint and clout. A great deal of emphasis is placed this month on cooperatives and farm to school efforts, as October is also both Farm to School Month and Cooperative Month. MORE

Dairy Operations Finding Success with CAFOweb


Dairy farmers in New Mexico are using a great new tool called CAFOweb. The online data management tool allows dairy farmers to better manage nitrogen. As Tara Vander Dussen and Jay Lazarus explained, nitrogen from manure solids and/or effluent can leach into the ground water is not applied at agronomic rates. In other words, said Lazarus, most dairies were not meeting ground water specs. Because of this dairymen requested a web-based predictive tool to manage their nutrients in real time and thus was born CAFOweb. MORE
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