Feb. 13, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The @FarmPodcaster  and @AgriBlogger are on their way home from another National Farm Machinery Show   It was big iron time in Louisville, KY and they'll continue sharing stories over the next week.  You can find photos here   Next week they take off for Grapevine, TX and the National Ethanol Conference.

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Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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As we've seen in two big announcements this week alone, Eco Agro Resources, which was founded in 2013, is on a fast-paced growth curve. I talked with Andrew Semple, President/CEO, about how his company is having so much success. MORE

Kentucky Proud of Farm Machinery Show
No other state can boast having the largest indoor farm show in the country and Kentucky is pretty proud that their little National Farm Machinery Show is celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Progressive Agriculture Safety Day®, the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, has officially been licensed in Brazil. The program is part of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® (PAF), and the expansion is made possible through support from Agrium, a leading global agricultural solutions company and long-time sponsor and supporter of the program. MORE 


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Wind Power Will Help Meet Clean Power Plan 
According to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), adding more wind power to the U.S. electric grid can help the country meet the goals set out in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Carbon emissions will be reduced and the lights will stay on, said AWEA, as wind power is already providing clean and reliable power for millions of Americans. MORE 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has allocated $13 million in funding as part of the Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC) program. The funds are designed to aid communities in reducing market and policy barriers to solar deployment and also recognize communities for taking solar initiatives. The DOE believes the program will make it faster, cheaper and easier for Americans to install affordable solar energy systems and spur solar development. MORE 
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced new funding under the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program under the 2014 Farm Bill. The more than $280 million in funds are open to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. MORE

At the National Farm Machinery Show this week, John Deere announced the introduction of the new R4023 Self-Propelled Sprayer - smaller, more nimble, and ideal for producers with smaller, irregular-shaped fields. MORE

During the 2015 annual meeting for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, a panel was formed to talked about the impact of big data on crop insurance. One of those panelist was Deb Casurella with MyAgData and Chuck caught up with her as she shared her insights into this rapidly evolving industry. MORE

TeeJet Introduces New Guidance System and Reciever

Application technology company TeeJet Technologies has introduced a new GNSS guidance system and dual frequency receiver to its product lineup.



Morning Farm Report Launched 


Agrible, Inc. launched Morning Farm Report, a predictive analytics tool that delivers field-specific data and forecasts to help with decision-making in the field. Designed for growers and agricultural companies, Morning Farm Report uses a subscription model to provide reports and big data views of rainfall, temperature, growing degree days, field work logistics, maximum ground pressures, and yield estimates. MORE

For 50 years, the National Farm Machinery Show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Attendees from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show. The Kentucky Exposition Center is completely filled with exhibitors, making it the country's largest indoor farm show. MORE

US-based Eco Agro Resources announced a commercial agreement expanding its product range to include Ekote, a line of eco-friendly controlled-release fertilizers by Ekompany. Ekompany based in the Netherlands and Eco Agro Resources of the United States will work together leveraging the latest technology of both companies to bring innovative products to agriculture and horticulture markets in North America. MORE 



Millennials Expect Higher Animal Welfare Standards  

More than ever before, millennials have higher expectations of animal welfare practices being carried out by today's producers. This news release from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance says the group hosted a recent Food Dialogues panel, with this one focusing on on dairy operations, and the group attending in-person and online was told by Bruce Feinberg, global animal health and welfare officer with McDonald's, that social media has allowed consumers to reach out and self-educate around agricultural issues, and companies must understand the relevance to consumers. MORE 

New GemStone Organic Trace Minerals 


Phibro Animal Health Corporation has launched GemStone™, a new line of organic trace minerals, building on Prince Agri Products' decades of experience in mineral nutrition. Chelated organic trace minerals help promote health and productivity for dairy and beef cattle, poultry, swine, aquaculture and companion animals. MORE 

Purina Honor Show Chow Earns Best Show Cattle Feed Award 


Purina has been picked as one of the best feeds for show cattle. Purina Honor Show Chow has picked up the 2014 Best of the Barns winner for Best Show Cattle Feed. MORE 
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