Aug 21, 2015
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Just telling you where we've been or where we're going is probably not really exciting right? But, here's the list from this week.
Iowa State Fair - Joanna Schroeder
NAMA Boot Camp, KC - Jamie Johansen
Biodiesel & Bioheat Forum, Mankato - Chuck 
ACE Annual Meeting, Omaha - Cindy, Joanna
BIVI Swine Health Seminar, Wrightsville Beach - Chuck
Now that's a lot of content to edit and publish but we're hard at work doing so.  In fact, everyone on the team is out on location right now somewhere.  If you're interested in hearing some great interviews then click on the links above and see what you can find.
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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NAMA Boot Camp ZimmCast

This week the National Agri-Marketing Association's annual Boot Camp is taking place in Kansas City, MO. The Chair for the conference this year is Michelle Jones, Iowa Soybean Association. MORE

#Ag Not on Republican Soapbox Agenda
Apparently agriculture is not a main agenda item during the Iowa State Fair for many Republicans. During the Des Moines Register's Soapbox series speeches, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham failed to discuss any ag issues in detail and only Walker and Fiorina made comments but only when answering crowd questions.MORE

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Alltech Accepting Graduate's Applications
Alltech is recruiting recent graduates to apply for the fourth annual Alltech Corporate Career Development Program.  Graduates with a bachelor's or master's degree programs are invited to apply now through September 30.  The program begins in February of 2016. MORE 
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Grains Council Chairman at #ACE15
Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann was recently elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and he is excited about the work they are doing to expand exports of ethanol and the co-product Distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) used for livestock feed. MORE

EIA: Outage Increased Midwest Gas Prices

New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms that the unplanned outage earlier this month of a 240,000-barrels-per-day unit at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, caused gas prices to spike throughout the Midwest. MORE  
RFA to AMA: Stop Propagating E15 Untruths
As the biofuels industry celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is calling on consumers to support legislation to stop the use and sales of E15 (15 percent ethanol/85 percent gasoline). In a press release AMA states, "The first 10 years under the Renewable Fuel Standard, established in 2005, represent a decade of misinformation from the ethanol lobby concerning safe fuel for your motorcycle." MORE 

InfoAg Presents Emerging Legal Issues in Precision Ag

The 2015 InfoAg Conference hosted a rather unique panel and Jamie had the opportunity to visit with Chris Budke on a rather surprising legal issue for those in precision farming. MORE

Science Moms Take On Celeb "Fear Mongermoms"

The granddaughter of the father of the Green Revolution has a bone to pick with the mother of Apple.  MORE  
USDA Launches Improved AMS Website

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has launched a redesigned website ( to make it more user-friendly for stakeholders.

Minnesota @USFRA #FoodD

It was a packed house for the USFRA Food Dialogues in Minneapolis entitled "Farm to Consumer: Bridging the Gap between Consumer Concerns and Food Production and Sourcing Decisions," co-sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the Nebraska Soybean Board. MORE

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28th Annual ACE Ethanol Conference
The 28th annual American Ethanol Coalition (ACE) Ethanol Conference kicked off today in Omaha, Nebraska (August 20-21) with a great crowd of ethanol supporters. The theme this year: Quite Ingenuity. Bold Advance. This year also marks the one year anniversary of the "Power to the People" campaign. In the words of Brian Jennings Executive Vice President for ACE, the ethanol industry is the people. In fact, due to the success of the campaign, ACE added a "Power to the People" award and the first honorary was the Husker Ag team. MORE 
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Candidates at Iowa State Fair
A majority of the presidential candidates from both parties are speaking at The Des Moines Register's Soapbox during the Iowa State Fair. A total of 14 Republicans and four Democrats are on the soapbox schedule starting Thursday August 13 through Saturday August 22. MORE

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Federal Agency Neglect Leads to Wildfires

There are as many as 19,000 personnel fighting wildfires in 13 states, according to the Agriculture and Interior Departments.  300,000 acres of rangeland have burned in the Idaho and eastern Oregon in the Soda Fire alone. MORE 
Speaker Announced for Meat Industry Hall of Fame
The legendary Charles "Charlie" Stenholm has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. MORE  
Judges Selected for National Pork Board Award
To show it's commitment to consumer trust, the National Pork Board has announced an expert judging panel to select the first-ever America's Pig Farmer of the Year. MORE 
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