Feb. 27, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
It has been a wild and crazy week on the agriblogging highway. After Chuck returned from the Daytona 500 working with New Holland he and Cindy hit the road for Phoenix and the 10th Annual Bayer CropScience Ag Issues Forum. From there Cindy attended the BASF Science Behind event and then it was on to Commodity Classic joined by ZimmComm intern Taylor Truckey. But while they are working on that show Chuck is on his way to the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis and Jamie Johansen is at the Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar in Orlando. There's a lot to see and hear on AgWired this week!

Would you like to follow some top ten ag journalists on Twitter? West Central has a list to recommend. You can find that list here: Hint: it contains one of our own.

Our last ZimmPoll asked about which crop insurance option you would choose and a big percentage of respondents are unsure. ARC still beat out PLC though.  

This week we're asking "What do you think of proposed government control over the internet?  Yesterday the FCC announced new regulations that have huge implications on what was once a "free internet." Of course the internet has never been free but with these new rules apparently dictated by President Obama, the government now will be regulating ISP's like telephone companies. It is predicted you'll soon have new service charges showing up on your internet bills. We wonder how much else will change.

Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:

There is a lot more on AgWired so please visit or check your feed!

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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It is a week of anniversaries here in Phoenix, AZ. ZimmComm New Media is still celebrating the 10th year of its founding, Commodity Classic is celebrating 20 years and Bayer CropScience is celebrating ten years of its pre-Classic Ag Issues Forum. MORE

FARMLAND at Walmart March 3
The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) was pleased to announced at the 2015 Commodity Classic this week that the feature-length documentary FARMLAND will be available on DVD beginning Tuesday, March 3rd, at Walmart and MORE


Hey tablet fans. New Holland is doing a great incentive program at their show booths, including here at the 2015 Commodity Classic. It's the New Holland 3-A-Day iPad Giveaway. MORE 




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Partnership Accelerates Cellulosic Ethanol 
At the National Ethanol Conference last week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) with the RFA 2015 Industry Award for the development of a process that led to the plant producing the very first gallons of cellulosic ethanol last year. MORE


The last but certainly not least panel at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference dealt with the timely issue of rail transportation and how safety and congestion are impacting the marketplace. MORE


Ethanol Helps Create Jobs and More Jobs 

At the National Ethanol Conference last week, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released the latest economic study on the "Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States in 2014," and found it to be better than ever in 2014. MORE

Since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of BASF, our friends with BASF Crop Protection are pleased to kick off this anniversary year in the U.S. with the 9th annual media symposium, the Science Behind the Right Chemistry, in conjunction with Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. Opening the big event was Technical Crop Production Specialist AJ Woodyard and Vice President for US Crop Protection Scott Kay. MORE

If you walked through the Case IH booth at the National Farm Machinery Show last week you were bound to see their line of Farmall 100A tractors. Denny Stroo, Case IH, was on hand to share his knowledge of the esteemed tractor and Chuck was there to capture it. MORE

AGCO & Raven Enter Supplier Relationship

AGCO and Raven Industries jointly announce an enhanced supplier relationship. As part of the FuseŽ Technologies strategy AGCO is partnering with best-in-class technology providers like Raven to maximize returns for customers by integrating the best solutions into AGCO machines. Fuse Technologies is AGCO's next-generation approach to precision agriculture and precision machine management deployed through innovative technology and services.



Iteris' ClearAg Crop Protection Beta Testing Program 


Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, announced the opening of its ClearAg™ Crop Protection application programming interfaces (API) beta testing program. MORE

20th annual National Ethanol Conference was held Feb. 18-20, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas. MORE

Corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers from all over the country are heading to Phoenix this week for the 20th annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show. MORE

Listen to audio here.  



American Royal 2015 Chairman of the Board  

Recognizing agriculture as the foundation of the region's economy, coupled with an invigorating vision for the future, the American Royal Board of Governors' held its Annual Meeting February 10 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 2015 American Royal Chairman John Mitchell Jr. was energizing and vocal in his visions for the upcoming season. MORE 

Accelerated Genetics Leadership Conference  


Accelerated Genetics is excited to host its annual Leadership Conference March 20-22, 2015. This event is designed for farm owners, herdspeople or employees looking to enhance their leadership and communication skills. This year's conference titled "Surviving the Jungle: A lesson in Leadership," is specifically tailored for emerging agricultural leaders who are positioned to lead the farm business and agricultural industry in the future. MORE 

Ward Named Interim Executive Vice President  


Jack Ward has been named interim Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association (AHA). Eric Walker, AHA president, announced the appointment following the resignation of Craig Huffhines. MORE 
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