Jan 09, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Back to work?  We hope you love cold because it even got cold at ZimmComm World Headquarters this week with 9 degree wind chills.  But hey, it's winter.

Chuck got things kicked off this week with a visit to the Beltwide Cotton Conferences courtesy of Nufarm   You can find his stories on AgWired.  Cindy is packing right now for the annual American Farm Bureau Federation convention in San Diego.  So, the team is back in action and there is so much more to come.

When it came to what you thought were the top stories in ag in 2014 our ZimmPoll showed the California drought and no RFS numbers from the EPA at the top followed by the new Farm Bill, Transportation issues, PED virus in swine and then others.  Now with the big Cuba trade deal we're asking, "What do you think about the US Ag Coalition for Cuba?"

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network

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Future of Ag Apps 
In my last program the focus was on ag gadgets. This week's the focus is more on apps. This isn't about all different kinds of specific apps. It's more about where we're at with apps and what we can expect in 2015.  MORE

Farm Bureau Convention Preview 

The 96th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation is being held in San Diego starting this weekend. MORE

 Reports Say Pope Will Open His Farm


There's a bunch of news stories on the web that Pope Francis will be opening up the papal farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public for tours next year, although I can't seem to find any official word from the Vatican on its website or on the Catholic News Service. Since the original story is from the Associated Press, take it for what that's worth. MORE 

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

PacificAg Can Help Ethanol Plants Go Cellulosic  
The largest and most experienced biomass harvest company in the country wants to help ethanol plants develop or expand operations into the production of cellulosic ethanol by saving time and money on supply chain development. PacificAg, which is already supplying biomass for plants in Iowa and Kansas, enables cellulosic biorefineries the ability to source cost-competitive biomass for biofuel and biochemical production. MORE


Leifmark, New Holland Bale Stover for Ethanol 

Baling corn stover is part of the next generation of cellulosic ethanol, and two major players in the green fuel and agribusiness markets are moving that process forward. Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture recently teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after the grain harvest in two Iowa cornfields. MORE 

Oregon Moves Forward with Clean Fuels Program

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission this week approved phase two of the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which seeks to cut greenhouse gases by lowering the carbon content in Oregon transportation fuels. The new rules, developed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will go into effect February 1. MORE


Corn Growers Join Cuba Ag Coalition

The National Corn Growers Association joins U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and fellow farm and food organizations seeking to end the United States' embargo against Cuba and advance trade relations between the two nations.  MORE 

FMC Announces New Executive Roles 

Bethwyn Todd, global director of FMC Professional Solutions, Seed Treatment and BioSolutions, has been named director for Agricultural Solutions in Asia and president of FMC Asia. She also was elected a vice president of FMC Corporation by the Board of Directors. Bethwyn joined FMC in 2010 as Asia Pacific Development and Regulatory manager in Bangkok, Thailand. MORE 

Ag Leader Offers ISOBUS Liquid Control Module 


A new way to precisely control liquid applications for farm fields has debuted. Ag Leader is expanding its ISOBUS offerings with a new Liquid Control Module that works with Ag Leader displays, as well as other brands of ISOBUS compatible displays. MORE 



Seventh Anniversary of RFS 


This week marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE



NFU on RFS Report and Congress Action
The National Farmers Union represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on "Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard." MORE


Ethanol Industry Outlook for 2015
Unfinished business and much of the same old attacks on the RFS are likely to dominate 2015 for the ethanol industry, according to Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen who takes a look at what he expects to be some of the big issues for ethanol in the year ahead in this interview. MORE




Adding Value to Missouri's Beef

Earlier this week the Missouri Department of Agriculture hosted the inaugural Missouri Beef Summit. The event stemmed from a question Missouri Governor Jay Nixon asked Richard Fordyce, Missouri Director of Agriculture, soon after he was appointed. That question: What are we doing for beef in our state? MORE

USDA Appoints Meat and Poultry Inspection Members 


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed members to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2014-2016 term. Established in 1971, the 17-member committee advises the Secretary on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities and contributes to USDA's regulatory policy development. MORE 

Papal Farm May Open to Public 


There are reports out this week that Pope Francis will be opening up the papal farm at Castel Gandolfo to the public for tours next year, although there is no official word from the Vatican on its website or on the Catholic News Service. The original story came from the Associated Press. MORE 
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