Mar. 20, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Happy National Agriculture Week and Spring!  If you missed the Ag Day activities in Washington, DC you can see and hear what was going on with Chuck's posts on AgWired, sponsored by GROWMARK.  He's on his way home and has more stories to publish.

While Chuck was in Washington, DC, Jamie Johansen was attending Missouri ALOT activities all week.  She will be staying in the Capitol city to cover next week's American Coalition for Ethanol annual member Fly-in.

Chuck and Cindy had some big news this week as their daughter Caitlin delivered a happy, healthy baby boy (second one - Case Aspen Underwood).  Grandma immediately flew to Missouri to spend some time with the boys and Chuck will be joining her this weekend.  We love grand babies!

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 director of The Great American Wheat Harvest documentary is back in action with a new project called Thirsty Land. MORE

Charles Eastin Award Presented on Ag Day
The recipient of the 2015 Charles Eastin Award is Dennis Pennington, Michigan State University Extension. The Eastin Award presented by the Agriculture Council of America and honors an individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. Dennis was presented his award by Colin Woodall, NCBA and Chair of the Agriculture Council of America and Orion Samuelson, Ag Day dinner emcee. MORE

Wheat Bagel Breakfast with Side of Politics


The National Wheat Foundation and National Association of Wheat Growers hosted a bagel breakfast for Ag Day in DC on Wednesday featuring a panel discussion highlighting topics such as biotechnology, sustainability, Big Data and research. MORE 




DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

Some straight talk this weekend on ethanol on the syndicated car-talk program "Bobby Likis Car Clinic." Judd Hulting of Patriot Renewable Fuels talked with Bobby about the operations, products and statistics of Patriot's ten-year old, ethanol plant located near the Quad Cities. MORE


California-based Propel Fuels has debuted North America's first retail rollout of High Performance Renewable (HPR) diesel. This company news release says the green fuel uses Neste Oil's NEXBTL renewable diesel. MORE 
The 10th annual Ethanol 2015: Emerging Issues Forum is set for April 16-17, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska hosted by the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB). The event is designed for ethanol producers and others integrally involved in production, technology, policymaking and marketing of ethanol and its co-products. MORE

Both conventional and organic farmers joined together last week on social media to criticize a video that uses cute kids to attack modern farming practices. MORE

Representatives of agricultural organizations testified on how the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would impact them during a hearing held Tuesday by the House Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. MORE

Mississippi State University Utilizes Drones

Robert Moorehead, Director of Geosystems Research Institute and Northern Gulf Institutes at Mississippi State University, was at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show to showcase the research being done on harnessing UAV technology on farm.. Moorehead had a chance to chat with Chuck Zimmerman about their use of UAVs and drones.




Biofuels Leaders Defend RFS 


As the American Petroleum Institute on Wednesday renewed its call to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), representatives of the ethanol and advanced biofuels industry and corn growers defended the law and the fuel. MORE



Iowa Ag Summit
Nine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on March 7. MORE

Listen to audio here

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.  



Cattlemen Back House Efforts to Repeal Death Tax

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is backing efforts to repeal the death tax. NCBA members went in front of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen's Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattleman from Fort Davis, Texas, Bobby McKnight testified before the subcommittee on how the death tax affects cattle producers. MORE 

Senators Want Dietary Comment Extension


A bipartisan group of senators have asked for a 30-day extension of the public comment period for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's (DGAC) Scientific Report. Senate Ag Committee chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions chair Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, joined their respective committees' ranking members, Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Patty Murray, D-Washington, in sending a letter requesting the extension to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell. MORE 

Coalition Provides Info to Increase Egg-Laying Sustainability


New research is giving egg producers more information on sustainability. The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply (CSES) has publicly released the final results of its hen housing research, which evaluates three laying hen housing systems based on a variety of sustainability measures. MORE 
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