Nov 25, 2014
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

We want to wish everyone a very wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The ZimmComm Team is very thankful for all the support we receive from our sponsors and community members.

If you're having a big holiday meal let us know what your favorite side dish is in this week's ZimmPoll.

Here are some interviews from this short week you might have missed.  We'll be taking Thanksgiving day off for fresh content but check back after that.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Ayrstone Introduces AyrMesh Bridge
How about an ethernet cable without the wires on your farm network? Yes, it's possible. That is, with the Ayrstone Productivity AyrMesh Bridge!  MORE

American Seed Trade Officer at NAFB

The first vice chair of American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was in Kansas City this month for a meeting of the Western Seed Association immediately before the National Association of Farm Broadcasting conventionMORE

Philip Brasher Joins Agri-Pulse

One of the most respected names in agricultural journalism is joining the staff of Agri-Pulse.  MORE
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Biodiesel Benefits Livestock Producers
While some have tried to pit the biofuels industry against livestock producers, the folks at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) explain their green fuel is actually helping those producers. MORE

Iowans Weigh on EPA's RFS Delay

With Iowa being one of the nation's leaders in ethanol and biodiesel production, it's no wonder state officials and industry groups joined the national chorus weighing in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to once again delay a final decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. MORE

Equal Earth Acquires 3 Solar Projects

Equal Earth, a diversified renewable company, has acquired three separate solar projects. The combined projects generate 1.6 MW of power and the off-takers include two established Ohio colleges and a local government organization. MORE


ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Returns to Chicago

I had a chance to catch up with American Seed Trade Association president and CEO Andy LaVigne at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention last week and talk about the upcoming CSS 2014 & Seed Expo coming up just around the corner.  MORE


NCGA Calls for Pollinator Health Dialogue

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling on agriculture industry stakeholders to facilitate partnership and dialogue for improving pollinator health. MORE


AgVoice4Choice Supports Neonics


Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the "Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production" concluding that "these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations." Upon release of the report, a 60-day comment period was opened which concludes on December 22. MORE



Crop Health Lab's Power Growers Seminar


Fruit and vegetable growers recently flocked to Santa Clara, CA for Crop Health Laboratories' Power Growers Seminar on plant sap analysis. Learn from founder of NovaCropControl/HortiNova and get all your questions answered when it comes to plant sap analysis. Find all my interviews and photos from the event below. MORE

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Biofuels Industry Reaction to RFS Delay
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. MORE
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2014 NAFB Trade Talk
The 71st annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention once again featured the popular Trade Talk event, where over 100 companies and organizations lined up for interviews with broadcasters from all over the country. MORE
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Insights into Genomic Testing in Angus

Dr. Dan Moser, President of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) was on hand in the American Angus Association booth during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's Trade Talk. AGI is a subsidiary of American Angus that provides a genetic evaluations of expected progeny differences (EPDs) that are released to Angus breeders each week and are responsible for the DNA testing for the Angus breed. MORE

Pork Producers Want Congress to Fix COOL


The COOL Reform Coalition sent a letter last week asking Congress to act immediately on developing a contingency plan for the Country of Origin Labeling Law, which was recently ruled non-compliant by the WTO. MORE

Alltech Holds Dairy School for Innovations


Attendees at the recent Alltech Dairy School were asked, "Are you in it to win it?" The gathering at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin drew more than 250 farmers, nutritionists and industry professionals to discuss innovations and investments every dairy should consider for a fruitful future. MORE
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