Nov 7, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

This week we've featured new content from the Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum and National FFA Convention   We hope you're enjoying it.  Our fall intern Taylor Truckey did a great job with her coverage of FFA activities!

This week Chuck took off for AgNerd paradise in Kansas City for the 2014 John Deere, Develop with Deere conference   The conference brings together numerous agricultural application developers who are learning ways they might partner with John Deere on integrated apps.  He'll be sharing interviews with many of them on

Jamie is on the west coast for the Crop Health Laboratories Power Growers Seminar.  She will also be sharing stories on

Of course, we will be seeing many of you ZimmComm fans next week in Kansas City at the annual NAFB convention. Both Chuck and Cindy will be there, as will Jamie, Leah and intern Taylor. See you there!

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Film Introduces FFA to Custom Harvesting
Members of the National FFA Organization had a chance to learn more about the "Great American Wheat Harvest" and even get to see the documentary film or buy the DVD.  MORE

Weed Management for Soybean Sustainability

Farmers can face a series of fights these days, whether it's fighting regulations, fighting weed resistance or fighting to preserve their land from erosion. During the recent Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum in Germany, Chuck spoke with Ray Gaesser, President of the American Soybean Association, about his presentation on sustainability, weed resistance and cover crops. MORE

Election Aftermath Thoughts

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) may well speak for all of America with its statement following Election Day 2014 - Time to Get to Work! MORE
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Propane Power for UPS
Earlier this year, the delivery giant UPS expanded commitment to propane by adding 1,000 propane delivery trucks and 50 fueling stations at UPS locations. MORE

Scholarships for National Ethanol Conference

Students interested in the ethanol industry have a chance to attend the 2015 National Ethanol Conference in Grapevine, Texas through a scholarship opportunity offered by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF). MORE

REG Biodiesel Sales Up, But Revenues Down

Biodiesel behemoth Renewable Energy Group (REG) reports an increase in the amount of biodiesel it sold, but revenues for the Iowa-based company are down. The latest financial report from REG shows the company sold 14.4 percent more gallons of biomass-based diesel, while revenues decreased by 16.2 percent and Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 77.7 percent. MORE

Hick Chick Chat: Faces of Farming & Ranching

US Farmers and Rancher's Alliance hosted an online voting contest for the next farmers and ranchers to be the faces of farming and ranching. Winners will serve in multiple high-visibility roles on behalf of USFRA, participating in a number of activities including national media interviews, advertising and public appearances. Winners will receive a $15,000 stipend to help cover the costs of being away from their operations. They'll also receive professional media/speaker training and full support from USFRA through their yearlong tenure.  MORE



GMO Victory on Election Day

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) is calling the outcomes of GMO labeling initiatives in Colorado and Oregon a victory and urges Congress to enact a national labeling solution. MORE

New Ag Leader GNSS and Steering Products Hit Market


A new line of GNSS and steering products are being touted as innovations that combine industry-leading precision farming displays with superior GNSS technology. Precision ag equipment provider Ag Leader Technology, Inc. announced a new line of GNSS receivers - GPS 6000, GPS 6500, RTK Relay and GPS 6500 base station - as well as the company's latest automated steering controller, SteerCommand™.  MORE



87th National FFA Convention


"Go All Out" was the theme for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, KY October 29 - November 1, 2014. MORE

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Develop with Deere
The 2014 Develop with Deere conference brings together dealers, independent agricultural software application developers and John Deere staff primarily from their Intelligent Solutions Group. MORE




Tyson Urges FFA to Tell #MyAGStory

At the 87th annual National FFA Convention last week, Tyson Foods was encouraging FFA members to share their stories via social media, using the hashtag #myAGstory. MORE

High Markets, Rebuilding Herds Part of Four-State Cattle Conf.


Experts from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will get together in December to discuss how livestock producers can take advantage of historically high markets and rebuild herds, among other topics. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is presenting the Four States Cattle Conference, Dec. 10 in Texarkana, Arkansas. MORE

Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance Created


The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) have announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. MORE
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