Dec 5, 2014
Happy End of Week ZimmComm Fans:

The end is near for 2014 but the ZimmComm Team is not ready for the holiday celebration just yet.  This week Chuck went to New Orleans and covered the Agricultural Retailers Association Annual Convention & Expo   You can find his stories on AgWired with more to come.  Jamie Johansen is on her way to Chicago for the BIVI PRRS Seminar.  Then Cindy and Leah will be off to Chicago early next week for the ASTA CSS 2014 & Seed Expo.

Chuck is starting a regular AgGadget Review column on AgWired with the serious AgNerd in mind.  He's looking for a sponsor and is trying to come up with a creative name for it.  If you have an idea for him on either of these please let him know by the end of next week.  Anyone who submits a name idea will be entered to win a prize from the ZimmComm AgNerd stash!

Chuck and Cindy are thankful for all the well wishes they received when they took some time to celebrate their daughter Caitlin's wedding to Clint Underwood.

As we near the end of the year our Congress is once again considering a package of tax breaks for businesses and individuals.  These include ones that have to be renewed instead of being made permanent.  Take our new ZimmPoll to let us know what you think Congress should do.

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Agricultural Retailers Navigating Forward 
This week I will be attending my first Agricultural Retailers Association Annual Convention & Expo. I've got a preview of what will be taking place in New Orleans from Brian Reuwee, Director of Communications & Marketing. Brian and I sat down during the recent NAFB Trade Talk session.  MORE

Alta Seeds Expands Sorghum Product Line 

Alta Seeds, the U.S. brand for exclusive genetics and forage and grain sorghum hybrids from Advanta, was present during NAFB's Trade Talk in Kansas City, MO. Barry Lubbers is with Alta Seeds and shared more about the sorghum industry and the new products we will see from them in the coming year in an interview with Chuck. MORE

Ag Groups Call for Longer Tax Extensions 

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 378-46 Wednesday night to approve HR 5771, which reinstates a host of tax incentives for 2014, setting up a potential Senate vote in the coming days. The package includes items important to farmers and ranchers such as Section 179 and the biodiesel tax credit, but agricultural interests would like a more long-term solution. MORE 

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U.S. Census Bureau Release Renewable Energy Stats 
For the first time the U.S. Census Bureau is now publishing economic census statistics for wind, geothermal, biomass and solar electric power generation. Between 2007 and 2012 revenues rose 49 percent from $6.6 billion to $9.8 billion. The electric power generation industry saw an overall decline of 1.2 percent in revenues from $121.0 billion to $119.5 billion between 2007 and 2012. The overall decline was driven by the fossil fuel electric power generation industry, which saw revenues decrease from $85.4 billion to $79.7 billion, or 6.7 percent, during the same five-year period. MORE 

USDA Announced Advanced Biofuels Grants 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of $6.5 million in grants to 220 producers throughout the country to support their efforts to produce advanced biofuels. There is also an additional $4 million in grants dedicated to advanced the bioeconomy. MORE 

CRS Announces Green-e Certification 

A new Green-e certification program has been launched by the Center for Resource Solutions. The program is targeted to organizations that build clean energy projects or contract for renewable energy from these facilities. Apple, who received the 2014 Green Power Leadership Awards, is the first company to participate in Green-e Direct, which certifies the energy that the company generates from renewable resources and purchases directly including solar, wind and geothermal energy. MORE


Hick Chick Chat with Case IH at NAFB 

At the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk I had a chance to visit with the fine folks from Case IH. What I learned was they are making more improvements for 2015 to better serve their customers.  MORE 

Alltech's 2014 Harvest Analysis Results 

 Alltech will be unveiling the 2014 Harvest Analysis Results from their 37+ Mycotoxin Analysis program and during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting's Trade Talk, Chuck spoke with Ann Hess, North American Field PR Manager for Alltech about their discoveries. MORE


How to 'Crack the Code' on Consumer Food Confidence 


New research gives food producers and sellers some insight into how to gain consumer confidence in the food system. "Cracking the Code on Food Issues: Insights from Moms, Millennials and Foodies," a consumer trust research report from The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), helps those in the food system do a better overcoming consumer skepticism over issues, such as genetically modified foods and antibiotic resistance in livestock. 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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DHA for Animals, Producers & Consumers 

Nikki Putnam is a registered dietitian nutritionist for Alltech and focuses her efforts on algae. She talked about the future of farming algae to increase DHA Omega-3 fatty acids in our diets with Chuck at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting's Trade Talk. MORE 

2015 Dairy Summit Forage Analysis Contest 


Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Dairy Business Communications, Penn State Extension Dairy Team, Professional Dairy Managers, and the Center for Dairy Excellence are hosting the second annual Dairy Summit "Forage Analysis Competition", being held in conjunction with the 2015 Dairy Summit. MORE 

USDA Extends Deadline for Dairy MPP 


USDA's Tom Vilsack announced that the application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. MORE 
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