January 22, 2016 
Howdy ZimmComm Fans:
You'll find lots of new content in the AgWired World from events like Potato Expo (includes a talking zebra), the latest Food Dialogues event on sustainability, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association conference and this week's Soil Health Summit.  When we say lots, we mean lots!  And this is just the beginning of the winter meeting madness.
Next week ZimmComm Team members will be covering the National Biodiesel Conference, IPPE, Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show.  Our cameras and recorders are getting a serious workout lately and we hope you enjoy our coverage.  Remember that we aggregate all content onto our AgNewsWire service website for all the ag media to use.
Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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A Zippy 500th ZimmCast

We wanted our 500th ZimmCast to be something special so we felt it appropriate to spotlight the new president of the American Farm Bureau Federation who has a name that is sure to be unforgettable - Zippy Duvall of Georgia. Yes, Zippy is a nickname, one that Duvall has had from infancy, although he is proud that he has two namesakes that share his given name Vincent, which they do use. He and his wife, Bonnie, have four children - Vince, Corrie, Zeb and Zellie. Gotta love the whole Z thing they have going there! MORE


The Economics of Cover Crops

At the first Soil Health Summit last year, I talked with Purdue University agricultural economist Dr. Wally Tyner about the need to quantify the economic benefits for farmers of using cover crops. This year, Chuck talked with him again about where they are at with that initiative. MORE


Deputy Secretary Harden to Leave USDA

USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced plans to depart the agency at the end of next month. MORE 
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#RFS Campaign Fact Checks from @EthanolRFA
Ethanol has been in the spotlight as a presidential campaign issue with the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, but the Renewable Fuels Association is concerned about some of the misconceptions that have been tossed around in the discussion so they have issued a one-page fact sheet to correct some of that with both candidates and the media. MORE

USDA Scientists Develop Bio-Oil
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been working on creating better crude liquid from renewable resources to replace fossil-based fuel. Coined "bio-oil," the renewable fuel is derived from agricultural waste such as non-food-grade plant matter procured from agricultural or household waste residue such as wood, switchgrass, and animal manures. The advanced biofuel is now a few steps closer to being able to be distilled at existing petroleum refineries. MORE

61st Anniversary of 1st American Solar House
This week marks the 61st anniversary of the first house in America with solar heating and radiation cooling. Located in Tuscon, Arizona, the house featured a large, slanting slab of steel and glass that coverts sunlight into heat that was ducted into the house. Today, many homes use solar panels to capture the natural heat of the sun and solar is currently the power source for around 83,000 U.S. homes according to the U.S. Census Census Bureau. MORE


Soil Health Stewardship Program Benefits All

While at the Soil Health Summit, David Brown, a farmer from Illinois, spoke with AgWired about his involvement in the Soil Health Partnership Stewardship Program.MORE


Agrible Appointed to Data Privacy and Security Board

Agrible, Inc. of Illinois has been appointed to the interim board of a coalition formed to address issues such as big data privacy, security, and transparency for growers. MORE 

Farm Futures Predicts Planting Intentions

As the planting season gets closer, Farm Futures has released its annual planting intentions survey that shows more corn, less soybeans for 2016 MORE 

Barnstorm Helps Growers Share Their Stories
What does reputation have to do with farming and ranching? Actually, a lot! The folks at Osborn Barr truly believe it and have launched Barnstorm, a site solely dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers share their story, build their brand and establish a trusted reputation. Karen Pfautsch, Director of Barnstorm, sat down with cattle producers during the recent Missouri Cattlemen's Convention to express the importance of defining goals, knowing your audience and being active online.  MORE

Real Growers Discuss Experiences with Liberty Link
If you listen to farm radio you probably have heard spots for Bayer's LibertyLink system. Last fall they included promotion for the RealYield game which ended December 31, 2015. Those commercials, moderated by Cindy, came from real interviews with real growers like Reid Atha from northwest Missouri. Here is a full interview instead of just a sixty second spot. MORE


Only two years old, the Soil Health Partnership has a goal to learn more about soil health and share the information with farmers. For example, the organizations five-year strategy: to identify, test and measure management practices that improve soil health and benefit farmers' operations. Right now, many farmers across the country are implementing innovative management practices that result in economic and environmental benefits. We plan to build upon the work of these farmers to provide connections between on-farm practices and improving soil health. MORE

Listen to audio here.

Great Green Fleet Powered by Midwest Beef Tallow

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack kicked off the Great Green Fleet with the deployment of the USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCS CSG) during a ceremony Wednesday in California. At the end of the ceremony, the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale left the pier to begin its deployment, becoming the first U.S. Navy ship running on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations. MORE 
Cattlemen Committed to Killing WOTUS

As expected, President Obama yesterday vetoed a disapproval resolution passed by Congress that would have nullified the controversial clean water rule by EPA, better known as Waters of the U.S. or WOTUS. MORE  
Big Business Plays Valuable Role in Sustainability

The latest Food Dialogues discussion panel held by the United States Farmers and Rancher's Alliance (USFRA) kept the discussion focused on sustainability, a controversial concept that panelist Steve Peterson has built his career around. MORE  
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