Mar. 6, 2015

Hello ZimmComm Fans:


Ready for spring?  We sure are.  Chuck will be attending National Ag Day Activities as the official photographer again this year with support from our sponsor GROWMARK.  That is coming up soon!


The ZimmComm team has been very busy this week posting stories from all the events we've covered in the last couple weeks.  Remember that you can always go to to see aggregated content links from these events.


A very clear majority of respondents (75%) to our latest ZimmPoll disagreed with the new government control over the internet.  It is known as net neutrality but is actually a lengthy set of regulations sent to the FCC by the Obama Administration which was voted in last week.


With trade being a hot topic in agriculture right now our new ZimmPoll is asking, Should Congress grant TPA?  Let us know what you think.


We want to issue a big shoutout of congratulations to Paul Redhage for being selected as NAMA's Marketer of the Year and to Clint Lewis, Zoetis, for being selected as NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year   We look forward to seeing them at the April National Agri-Marketing Conference in Kansas City.  If you are attending please stop by our Connection Point booth and say hello!


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


Doug Felter, John Deere, on new self-propelled sprayer

Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience, support of next gen ag professionals

Trevor Rempel, New Holland, on new Flex-Coil P Series Air Carts

Cinch Munson, PERC, farmer interest in propane power

Dr. Angela Baysinger, PIC, doing what is right for the pig

Caren Schmidt, BASF, on Xanthion In-Furrow

Don Johnson, FMC, on Obey herbicide and incentive program


Now for some of this week's news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Let's learn together what the AgWatch Network is all about in this week's ZimmCast. During the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show I met Network General Manager Terry Simmons seen here talking with show attendees from their booth. MORE

Wisconsin's Largest Craft Beer Week
Madison Craft Beer Week (MCBW) will celebrate its 5th anniversary this May 1-10, 2015. Festival organizers are hard at work planning for the 5-year milestone. Over 80 different Greater Madison area restaurants, pubs and breweries will host more than 350 events as part of this year's MCBW. Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to choose from a multitude of events ranging from pub crawls and bike tours to meet the brewer events, beer education classes and beer cook-offs. A wide variety of events have been planned to attract beer lovers of all types, from novice to connoisseur. MORE

GROWMARK Report on Perception & Commodity Pricing


A new report from GROWMARK Research demonstrates how commodity market capital flows distort our perception of the effect that news has on commodity prices. MORE  


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Calling Energy Entrepreneurs 
Calling student energy entrepreneurs. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $2.5 million in funding for the Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP), which hopes to inspire the next generation of clean energy gurus. This funding opportunity will support the commercialization of promising technologies for sectors such as solar and wind that reduce carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy. MORE 

Golden Grain Energy officials and employees had the opportunity to thank Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for his support of ethanol when he paid a visit to the plant in Mason City on Wednesday. MORE 

Solar Plant Opens in Northern Cape Province  

Abengoa and state-owned financier, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), together with KaXu Community Trust have launched a 100 MW solar plant - KaXu Solar One - near the town of Pofadder (Northern Cape Province). The new solar facility will power 80,000 homes in South Africa. The Department of Energy of South Africa awarded Abengoa the project. The power will be sold to the utility Eskom under a 20-year power purchase agreement. MORE

John Deere was pleased to showcase new enhancements to Machine Sync at the Commodity Classic last week. J.C. Funke, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, spoke with Taylor Truckey during the event to learn more about Machine Sync's expansions. MORE

Growers have a new ally in the pursuit of higher yields, controlled inputs and overall increased efficiency with Seed Hawk's award-winning new Precision Meter and iCon™ Wireless Control System. The new technologies - which won the prestigious AE50 2015 Award for innovative new products produced in 2014 - take precision seeding to a whole new level. MORE 
Precision Ag Helps Save Soils, Makes Them Work Better

Precision agriculture techniques are helping farmers get the most out of their soils, while preserving them for the future. In that same vein and in honor of the 2015 International Year of Soil (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities to educate the public about the importance of soil, with March's theme of "Soils Support Agriculture" and how precision ag supports that concept.



Iteris Signs Precision Ag Weather Agreement 


Iteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, has entered into an agreement with AgRenaissance Software LLC to integrate Iteris' ClearAg™ Select high-resolution, field-level weather information into AgRenaissance's FieldX™ suite of software for agricultural producers, agronomists and applicators. MORE


Polaris RANGER Becomes Sponsor of ProRodeo 
Polaris® Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles and The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) announced a national partnership recognizing the industry-leading utility vehicle (UTV), Polaris RANGER, as the "Official UTV of the PRCA, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo." MORE

The 63rd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show brought together farmers from Texas to Missouri to the southeast Gulf coast. The 2015 event took place in Memphis, TN and Chuck was there to cover it all. Find links to all his photos and audio below. Don't forget to check back, more will be added daily. MORE

Listen to audio here.  



Hay & Forage Expo Return to Southeast Minnesota 

The Hay & Forage Expo™ is slated to bring the latest hay and forage tools, technology and suppliers at its 2015 event location near Cannon Falls, Minn., June 24 and 25 on the Hernke's, Inc. farm. MORE 

'Fuel Greatness' Grows School Breakfast Awareness 


Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation's largest in-school health and wellness program, will launch "Fuel Greatness" to grow awareness about the importance of school breakfast to students and school leaders. MORE 

Biggest Bee Keeping Invention Since 1852 


The Flow™ Hive, a revolutionary beehive invention allowing the harvesting of honey without opening the hive and thus, limiting the stress on the bees, launched an Indiegogo campaign that has already broken records on the world's largest crowdfunding platform. The sweet campaign raised $2.18M in the first day, breaking the record for most funds raised in the first 24 hours. It took 477 seconds for the campaign to reach its goal of $70,000. MORE 
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