Apr. 2, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:


In observance of Good Friday ZimmComm New Media offices will be closed.  The team wishes everyone a very happy and blessed Easter and Easter season.  We'll be back in action on Monday.


Looking ahead on the schedule there are a number of events that are open for sponsorship of our special brand of online coverage.  Here's a list of some of them:


Agricultural Relations Council Annual Mtg. - June

InfoAg precision ag conference - July

Cattle Industry Summer Conference - July

NAMA Bootcamp - August

NAMA Fall Conference - September

IFAJ Congress - October

NAFB Convention - November

National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention - December


Please contact Chuck to discuss a creative sponsorship package of any of these events to promote your brand.


Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with former Congresswomen from my home state of Missouri, Jo Ann Emerson. She currently calls Washington, D.C. home where she holds the title of first female CEO for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). MORE

ZimmComm Drawing During Agri-Marketing Conference
Visit ZimmComm during the Agri-Marketing Conference in KC, MO and enter for your chance to win a brand new Anker Asto E7. Travel much? Then you need power for your gadgets and this baby has it. On a recent trip as I was standing in line to board I charged my phone and two other people's phones at the same time. It's a great way to make friends! Stop by the Connection Point to say hi and we'll have a little gift for you too.  MORE

John Deere's 6 Family Tractor Line


John Deere has expanded its lineup of 6M and 6R Series Tractors for model year 2015 to offer producers a wider range of horsepower, frame sizes, transmissions, hydraulics and other options. MORE 

DomesticFuel  Domestic Fuel 

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is offering free, online educational materials on ag-based energy to middle- and high-school educators and volunteers. This news release from the group says the curriculum shows the unique connections between agricultural literacy and alternative energy and align with the Next Generation Science Standards. MORE 
Ethanol-Gas Price Difference Back to Normal  

Ethanol and gas have settled back into a more normal price differential after three months of being nearly the same once gas prices started to plummet late last year. MORE 

U.S. Continues Support for Hydropower

Three federal U.S. agencies have renewed their support of hydropower in America. The Department of Interior and the Department of Energy (DOE) in conjunction with the Civil Works division of the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers, have extended their MOU for hydropower for five additional years. The purpose of the MOU is to meet the need for affordable energy, in part, through hydropower. MORE


Special Issue of Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation

The National Ground Water Association's technical journal, Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation®, has published a special issue focusing on the monitoring and remediation of agricultural impacts to groundwater quality. MORE  
 Agnition Debuts Soybean Seed Treatment

A new microbial catalyst seed treatment for soybeans is promising healthier soils and a superior growth environment. Agnition has launched Commence® for Soybeans, a product the company says will increase microbial activity near the seed, thus liberating nutrients that get soybeans off to a faster start and nurtures them throughout the growing season. MORE 
Momentum Growing for Non-GMO Labels

Momentum and support appear to be growing for a voluntary federal food labeling standard with a Washington Post editorial out this week saying GMO food labeling is unnecessary.



Reaction to Prospective Plantings Report

The 2015 Prospective Plantings released by USDA shows declines expected in corn, wheat and cotton acres this year, with only a modest increase in soybean acreage. MORE



USDA Announces Ag Conservation Easement Funds
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Natural Resources Conservation Service chief Jason Weller have announced the availability of $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). MORE



 USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines
USDA has extended by one week the deadline for producers to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to make the decision, update yield history or reallocate base acres will now be April 7, 2015. MORE




 Lawmakers Urge Science for Dietary Guidelines

Members of the U.S. House this week called for the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture to ensure the final Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are based on sound nutritional science and adhere to the DGA charter authorized by Congress. MORE 

BIVI Awards $50,000 for PED Data Sharing Programs


For the second year, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has awarded $50,000 in Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) research grants. This year's grants will again be shared by the University of California, Davis, Iowa State University and University of Minnesota to further the work on PED disease BioPortal, a collaborative web-based monitoring system that provides real-time or near-real time access to local, regional, and global disease information and analytical data. MORE 

 Groups Provide Input on Dietary Committee Report


Some 70 organizations offered input on the new Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report during a meeting for public comments hosted by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture last week. MORE 
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