March 4, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm fans!

The team of Chuck, Cindy, Jamie and Lizzy are busy, busy, busy this week at Commodity Classic in New Orleans. So busy we can't come up with a decent intro to the newsletter! But be sure to check out all of our coverage from Classic, following on the heels of our coverage of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians - also in the Big Easy.

Have a great week!
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Ceva Launches U.S. Swine Division

Agrimarketing entrepreneurs, you might be interested to learn about how Ceva has come to the launch point for their new U.S. swine division. Instead of just starting a new company and assuming they know what their customers want they've taken a couple of years to "listen" as the U.S. CEO, Craig Wallace says. MORE


New Fungicide Portfolio from FMC

FMC has recently added several exceptional fungicides to their portfolio of crop protection products, and Don Johnson, Technical Support Representative for the company, was on hand during the 2016 Mid South Farm & Gin Show to discuss these new innovations with growers.  MORE


Phytobiomes Roadmap Released

A collaboration has released a new Phytobiomes Roadmap that presents a new vision for agriculture to increase health, productivity, and sustainability of current cropping and forest systems. Led by the Phytobiomes organization, the Roadmap, according to the group, outlines a strategic plan for acquiring critical knowledge of how all of the components on a farm interact and affect each other. These components - the crops, plants, microbes, animals, soils, and climate - are collectively called the phytobiome. The Roadmap lays out an action plan to leverage knowledge into tools for crop management strategies that will produce a sufficient supply of food, feed and fiber to meet global needs in the future.  MORE 
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US Grains Releases New Portal, App
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has released a grains conversion calculator app and a U.S. grains-in-all-forms exports portal to help members of the global grain trade access critical information more easily. The U.S. grains-in-all-forms exports portal is an online calculator that converts volumes of exported U.S. commodities including ethanol and dried distillers grains (DDGs) into corn equivalents. This offers a different and holistic view of the amount of feed grains produced by U.S. farmers that are consumed by overseas customers. MORE

Become a Next Generation Biodiesel Leader
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the next crop of biodiesel leaders to join the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. NGSB is seeking additional co-chairs to help take this student professional organization to the next level. Working with NBB staff, the volunteer co-chairs help establish direction, assist with planning educational content, recruitment efforts and producing webinars and other events. The co-chairs also review and rank scholarship applications to the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, and attend the event. MORE  
Platt's & DOC Partner on Trade Opps for Ethanol
Platts has entered into a strategic agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) to provide fundamental forecasting data and in-depth analysis for ethanol producers looking for export opportunities. MORE 

BASF Launches Online Platform for Farmers

BASF today announced the global launch of Maglis, an online agricultural platform designed to help farmers gather, interpret and monitor a range of crop-related data that helps them make better agronomic decisions. MORE


EPA Moves to Cancel Flubendiamide

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week issued a notice of intent to cancel all flubendiamide products "that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments."  MORE


Pollinators Part of @GROWMARK Endure Program

Protecting pollinators is part of the GROWMARK sustainability initiative called ENDURE. MORE


2016 Commodity Classic
"Get Jazzed" is the theme of the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans - the annual meeting of some 8,000 corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum farmers, member associations., agribusiness and farm media. The event features a huge trade show as well as a variety of educational sessions from microbes to honey bees, unmanned aerial systems to measuring sustainability, global weather patterns to a more efficient office space.  MORE

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2016 Bayer #AgVocacy Forum
Agricultural journalists and bloggers gathered in New Orleans in advance of the 2016 Commodity Classic for an AgVocacy Forum, diving deep into the most critical challenges to food, agriculture and consumer needs. The event is being moderated once again by Frank Sesno. You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #AgVocate. MORE

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Growth Energy Event Engages Ethanol Leaders
Growth Energy is holding its annual Executive Leadership Conference this week in Orlando, FL. Many Growth members had the opportunity to attend the Daytona 500 race over the weekend before getting down to business. MORE

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BioZyme Offers Expert Lambing Advice

BioZymeŽ Inc. is a company which develops products for animal nutrition, production, microbiology and reproduction.  As lambing season approaches they have a few tips for a successful season. MORE

National Pork Forum Prepares Producers for Changes

The National Pork Industry Forum hosted nearly 300 delegates, pig farmers and pork industry members in Indianapolis to learn about the future regulatory changes for on-farm antibiotics.  The event featured a update session to share case studies and tips for farmers needing to be ready for the new regulations on January 1, 2017. MORE 
Past, Future Focus of AASV & the Swine Industry

As the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) conference came to a close, Chuck Zimmerman had a few minutes with Past President Dr. Ron Broderson, DVM and current President Dr. George Charbonneau, DVM, who also served as the Program Chair for this year's annual meeting. One success story - attendance was at a record high and they expect even more attendees next year. MORE

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