Dec 12, 2014
Howdy ZimmComm Fans:

ZimmComm Team members Cindy and Leah are on the way home from Chicago and the American Seed Trade Association 2014 CSS & Seed Expo.  They've got lots of stories posted and more to come plus hundreds of photos for you to enjoy.  You'll also find Jamie's stories from last week's BIVI PRRS Seminar.

Now the team gets an end of the year break.  But that doesn't mean you won't be finding fresh, interesting and informative content courtesy of ZimmComm New Media!

According to our latest ZimmPoll most people would like Congress to handle tax breaks with two words - Flat Tax!  Our new ZimmPoll asks you, "What's the biggest challenge for the seed industry?"  

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Wrapping up Ag Retailers Association Convention
Daren Coppock, President/CEO, Agricultural Retailers Association, gave us a preview of last week's convention and now you can hear his review. I told him I look at these interviews as the bookends for my coverage! Although I might still have a couple more stories to share.  MORE

UF Prof is Biotech Advocate

Hearing food and health "celebrities" spread misinformation about agriculture really annoys plant molecular and cellular biology professor Dr. Kevin Folta, who spoke at the CSS 2014 and Seed Expo this week in Chicago. MORE

 AAW Elects National Officers


American Agri-Women (AAW) kicked off its year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary at its annual convention held recently in College Corner, Ohio. The organization also elected its national officers and recognized outstanding advocates for agriculture. MORE 

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EPA Official Testifies About RFS Management 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe testified before a House oversight subcommittee today on the agency's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. MORE 

Book Review: Flight Behavior 

I recently read the novel Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, a book about climate change. When I first began reading the book I had no intentions of doing a review, but as I got deeper into the book, and the characters voiced their opinions, about media in general, my intentions changed. MORE 

Genera Gets Financial Boost for Biomass Operations

Biomass supply company Genera Energy is getting some financial help to expand its biomass operations. This company news release says WindSail Capital Group is investing in the company, giving Genera the resources to scale up its energy crop production and supply chain operations, further expand the portfolio of biomass feedstocks and geographies it covers, and expand the working capital of the company as a whole. MORE


Bayer CropScience has EPA Approval for ILeVO 

Bayer CropScience announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO�, the only seed treatment that protects the root system against infections caused by the Sudden Death Syndrome fungus and has activity against dangerous nematodes in the seed zone.  MORE 

New ASTA Consumer Research on Seed Attitudes

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) today unveiled results of new research that shows consumers have a lack of knowledge and appreciation for the importance of seeds and seed improvement, until they are presented with specific examples of the environmental, economic and health benefits of seed. MORE


GMO Food Regulation Hearing Draws Crowd


A hearing on the role of the Food and Drug Administration in the regulation of genetically modified food drew quite a bit of interest on Capitol Hill Wednesday. MORE 



2014 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo


ASTA's 69th Annual Corn & Sorghum Research Conference and 44th Soybean Seed Research Conference is America's largest seed industry conference. Over 2,600 attendees representing the U.S. and 20 countries come to CSS for an exciting week of collaboration and networking. MORE

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Iteris Releases ClearAg Prime
Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, has released ClearAg™ Prime, the latest in a series of application programming interfaces (API) that can be readily integrated with third-party agricultural software applications. MORE


SST Software Seeing More Variable Rate Seeding
Low corn prices are causing farmers to take a hard look at what new technologies will optimize inputs while minimizing costs. As farmers begin to plan for the 2015 season, SST Software is seeing an increased interest in variable rate planting recommendations. SST's decision support technologies are used by ag service providers around the world to provide precision ag services to farmers. MORE




Follow Your Management Rules to Tackle PRRS

With over 20 years of research into PRRS, Dr. PH Rathjen with Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI), is no stranger to the virus. As one of the speakers at the BIVI sponsored session at the North American PRRS Symposium he shared his experiences dealing with PRRS from his home in Denmark and how utilizing both Area Regional Control (ARC) and vaccines can work together to combat the virus. MORE 

Rising Pork Consumption in Mexico Boosts U.S. Exports


October meat export results, which were just released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), showed another outstanding month for U.S. pork exports to Mexico. In fact, pork export value to Mexico - $1.3 billion - has already broken the full-year record set last year ($1.22 million), and export volume to Mexico is on pace to set a new record for the third consecutive year. MORE

Researchers Look to Make Carp Invasive to Dinner Plates 


While invasive Asian carp have become a problem for Midwestern rivers in the form of living missiles, researchers are hoping they'll soon to leap onto dinner plates. This article from the University of Missouri says a professor in Mizzou's School of Natural Resources says if you can't beat 'em, then eat 'em. MORE 
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