February 12, 2016 
Hello Fans of ZimmComm:
While Chuck had to put up with 80 degree weather covering the CIRB Annual Meeting taking place in Indian Wells, CA, Cindy and Jamie were enjoying beautiful winter chill and snow in Louisville at the National Farm Machinery Show   It has been a busy farm meeting season and will continue to be until things slow down in March.
According to our last ZimmPoll  the results of the Iowa Caucus do not reflect the views of our audience.  We're not surprised.  Are you?
Here are some audio files from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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Who Will FarmNext and How

Who will be farming next? What are their thoughts and concerns? These questions and more are dealt with in a new white paper published by YI Advisors. The paper was presented during last week's FarmNext Summit in Washington, DC. MORE


Farm Income & Land Values Fall in Midwest, Midsouth

The fourth quarter of 2015 continued to show a decline in farm income through the Midwest and Midsouth.  The survey, conducted by the Agricultural Finance Monitor and published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, was comprised of responses from agricultural banks in the boundaries of the Eight Federal Reserve District.  That area includes all or part of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.  MORE

USDA Designates $58.25 Million for Plant Pests, Disease

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be designating $58.25 million from the 2014 farm bill to fund 434 projects that will help protect U.S. crops from plant pests and diseases.  MORE 
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#RFS is a Top Issue for Ag Equipment Makers
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted an Ag Executive Outlook panel during the opening day of the 2016 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville this week and one of the top issues for the organization is maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). MORE


#Ethanol Exports Steady as She Goes
The U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion in 2015, according to a new summary of ethanol trade statistics released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The final tally for 2015 was identical to the 2014 export total. MORE 
Energy in the Budget Proposal
As promised, energy was a focus of President Obama's 2017 budget proposal, officially unveiled on Tuesday, with a promise to "move our economy away from energy sources that fuel climate change." MORE 

New Holland Introduces PLM RTK+ at #NFMS16

During this week's National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, New Holland formally introduced the PLM RTK+ correction program, the first cellular-delivered RTK correction signal on the market, and several representatives were on-hand to discuss the diverse array of features and benefits this technology will offer producers across North America.MORE


House Ag Grills EPA Chief on WOTUS

During a hearing on Wednesday, House Agriculture Committee members questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, on the agency's overreaching, burdensome regulations and policies such as the "waters of the United States" rule, and proposed changes to the ozone standard and pesticide uses.  MORE


2016 AgroExpo Offers Variety, Insight For Growers

A new event designed to connect farmers, commodity groups, and grower-led organizations with the latest technology and research in agriculture will take place in St. Johns, MI this fall. AgroExpo, hosted by AgroLiquid, will be held Aug. 16-18, 2016. MORE 

#CIRB16 Attendees Gather in California
Leaders in the crop insurance business are gathered in California for the annual meeting of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau.  On the program this year are presentations about the political climate in this election year, the climate itself and economic challenges facing the world ag market.  MORE

Morning Farm Report by Agrible wins AE50 Award
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has named Morning Farm Report by Agrible a winner of a 2016 AE50 Award for Outstanding Innovations in Product or Systems Technology. AE50 awards honor the year's most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the food and agriculture industries. MORE 

Vilsack Discusses 2017 USDA Budget
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a national media call to discuss the Obama administration's 2017 budget request for USDA programs. MORE


Major Changes To Livestock Trading Announced

CME Group and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) have made several announcements regarding the design of a number of steps that intend to help further enhance US livestock markets, which have become increasingly volatile. MORE

Rood And Riddle Live Dates Announced

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will be hosting the sixth annual Rood & Riddle Report Live, an educational seminar for equine industry professionals, on Feb. 25 at Embassy Suites in Lexington, Kentucky. MORE 
Antibiotic Stewardship White Paper Available

At the 2015 National Institute of Animal Agriculture's (NIAA) Antibiotic Symposium, funded in part by the beef checkoff, experts and other stakeholders gathered to continue the conversation. The theme of the event, Antibiotic Stewardship: From Metrics to Management, highlighted a complex, global problem that has resulted from the actions of the within all of the diverse areas of human and veterinary healthcare. MORE 
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