Feb. 20, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:

Chuck and Cindy have spent the week in Texas at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference. While there they live streamed Bob Dinneen, CEO, Renewable Fuels Association, as he delivered his annual state of the ethanol industry remarks. Other audio from the event can be found at

Our latest ZimmPoll asked, "Which crop insurance option will you be choosing?" The results are leaning toward ARC, but many farmers out there are still unsure as to which policy will be best for their operation. 

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

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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The Missouri State University William H. Darr School of Agriculture proudly hosted the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, Michael Scuse. A luncheon was held where Under Secretary Scuse addressed a room full of leaders in Missouri agriculture. He also met with Missouri State agricultural students for a roundtable discussion and question and answer period. MORE

Agri-Pulse Open Mic with David Lynn
Agri-Pulse Open Mic this week features David Lynn, Sr. VP Farm Credit Mid-America. MORE


Last week, nearly 60 representatives from 19 Mexican universities made a visit to the Tucson Village Farm, located on the University of Arizona's Campus Agricultural Center. MORE 


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EPA Official Apologizes to Ethanol Industry  
Last year at the National Ethanol Conference, EPA's Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality told the ethanol industry that the agency intended to finalize the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the end of spring 2014. MORE


During his traditional State of the Industry speech at the National Ethanol Conference, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen today unveiled a 10-point plan for the future of the ethanol industry. MORE


20th National Ethanol Conference Kicks Off 

Football Hall of Fame member Kenny Houston helped Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen get the early activities for the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference underway on Ash Wednesday in Dallas. MORE

FMC Corporation has designed a new infographic to help answer some of the FAQs about how pre-emergence herbicides fit in with best stewardship practices. MORE

Iowa-based Vermeer has introduced a new bale processor with limited numbers of the new piece of equipment available this year. The company says its new Final CutTM FPX9000 bale processor lets operators produce an optimal material size for feed mixing purposes, providing increased feed efficiency in cattle. MORE 
John Deere Offers Machine Sync Enhancements

At the National Farm Machinery Show last week, John Deere announced expanded the functionality of its Machine Sync application for 2015. The new Machine Sync features include coverage map sharing and guidance line sharing that can be useful during seeding and spraying operations, as well as when applying nutrients and during harvest.




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

Crop insurance leaders met February 4-6, 2015 in Bonita Springs, Florida for the Crop Insurance & Reinsurance 51st Annual Meeting with the theme "Charting the Course" to explore the future of the farm safety net. MORE

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Beef Checkoff's Updated VQA Manual  

The Beef Checkoff recently released an updated Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) program. The VQA program brings consistency and uniformity to on-farm care to result in a safe, wholesome, quality veal product. By being VQA-certified, veal farmers are helping to build trust and confidence in that product and demonstrating a commitment to quality to consumers. MORE 

Zoetis Selects Grant Recipients for PEDv Research 


Zoetis has awarded research grants to Suidae Health and Production and to Iowa State University to discover solutions that can help improve control of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in breeding and farrowing herds. MORE 

AFIA Names Liquid Feed Committee Members  


R&D LifeSciences' vice president Mike DuBois is one of three new industry members elected to join the Liquid Feed Committee of the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). MORE 
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