January 29, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
The ZimmComm Team was spread out from Tampa to Atlanta to San Diego this week.  Cindy and Joanna were in Tampa as Biodiesel Bloggers at the National Biodiesel Conference.  Chuck was in Atlanta at the International Production and Processing Expo   And Jamie was in San Diego for the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show.  As you can imagine we have lots of fresh content on the AgWired websites.
Chuck reached a milestone this week with the publishing of episode 500 of the ZimmCast podcast!  In it Cindy interviews new AFBF President Zippy Duvall.  We're pretty sure no one will forget that name.
Here are is some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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Monsanto Scientist Wins Biodiesel Impact Award

Beth Calabotta, former Monsanto Director for Bioenergy and currently serving on the National Biodiesel Foundation, was honored during the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo with the "Eye on Biodiesel" Impact award for her tireless dedication to the advancement of biodiesel.MORE


Ag Marketing Advice from Buzzfeed VP

The 2016 Dairy Strong conference featured a variety of exceptional keynote presentations, with many presenters coming from outside of the agriculture sector, but few would argue that any of them made as strong of an impact as Jonathan Perelman. Perelman is the Head the Digital Ventures at ICM Partners, the former Vice President of Motion Pictures at Buzzfeed, the former Global Lead of Industry Relations at Google, and has had incredible success in the world of digital strategy and online advertising. His presentation centered around the power that social media has on our culture, and the potential it holds for businesses in terms of successfully sharing stories and engaging with customers. MORE


Iowa Farmer Joins SHP As Demo Farmer

Last year at Commodity Classic, John Maxwell was introduced to the idea of soil health. From there, he became excited about it and signed up to become a demo farmer with the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) to learn how cover crops could impact the soil on his farm. MORE

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Eye of Biodiesel Winners Announced at #NBB16
The "Eye of Biodiesel" awards were announced during the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida this week. MORE

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Trestle Energy Receives CARB Pathway Approval
California-based Trestle Energy has received its pathway approval for the production of ethanol from California Air Resources Board (CARB) under the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Back in 2014, the company received approval by British Columbia. MORE

Growing Beyond the RFS to Drive Demand for Ethanol
After years of uncertainty, the final volumes for the amount of corn ethanol were announced late last year, and corn ethanol is essentially at its limit under the RFS, according to Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC) executive director. MORE


USDA Provides $9M For Mitigation Opportunities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and ranchers.MORE


AgSolver Technology Available For SHP Demo Farmers

AgSolver had demo farmers and partner companies excited at the Soil Health Summit last week as they plan on rolling out access to their Profit Zone Manager to the demo farmers this year. Dave Muth, co-founder of AgSolver, spoke with AgWired about what they do and how that will impact the SHP. 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


Common Ground Grows Food Dialogues
The national Common Ground conference took place in Washington D.C. last weekend. The event, sponsored by the United Soybean Board and the National Corn Growers Association, was created to help farm women learn how to better communicate with urban women about the safety and security of their food.  MORE

GROWMARK Introduces Sustainability Initiative
GROWMARK is launching a new sustainability initiative called Endure that will reinforce the company's commitment to sustainability. The program is a System-wide effort to ensure continued profitability for the company, owners, and customers, while developing programs that help the environment and greater good. "In the GROWMARK System, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure our earth and industry perform sustainably," said GROWMARK Chief Executive Officer Jim Spradlin. "We go to great lengths to apply business ethics, invest in communities, and engage our employees in practices that enhance the profitability and sustainability of agriculture," he added. MORE  

Mavrx Announces First Promotional Grower Offer
Mavrx, a leader in Ultra-High-Resolution (UHR) imagery for agriculture, introduced its first promotional grower offer during the 2016 Top Producer Seminar. Mavrx CEO Max Bruner made the announcement at a series of luncheon meetings with top growers during the event where Mavrx is a premier sponsor. MORE 

CattleFax Gives 2016 Market Outlook

Recent price shock in the market and insights about the turbulence ahead were explained today to more than 2,000 beef producers at the CattleFax Outlook Session held during the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. MORE 
USPOULTRY Pushes Avian Flu Research

Last year, the poultry industry saw the largest outbreak of avian influenza in history, with the disease eliciting nationwide concern from producers, consumers, and government officials alike. Dr. John Glisson, of the US Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY), was on hand during the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) to discuss the current state of the outbreak, and how the industry is moving forward. MORE

Alimet Manufacturing Capacity To Expand

The Novus International booth at the 2016 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was full of discussion about plans, goals, and upcoming projects, especially surrounding the company's announcement related to a major expansion of the Alimet feed supplement manufacturing capacity in the United States Gulf Coast region. MORE

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