March 11, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Remember that Bayer CropScience LibertyLink Real Yield Game we helped promote last fall?  Well, all the winners have been announced and we interviewed them at Commodity Classic.  You can hear big winner Rick Juchems here and other winners here.
Speaking of Commodity Classic, the ZimmComm Team has been in a publishing frenzy as you can see if you visit any of our websites.  You can find most interviews aggregated on  We've published so many interviews and other audio this past week we recommend visiting AgNewsWire to see what you might have missed.
Next week we'll celebrate National Ag Day and Chuck will be in Washington, DC for all the national activities that start Monday night with the Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics panel discussion and end Tuesday evening with the Celebration of Agriculture Dinner at USDA.
Here's some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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#RealYield Game Was a Winner

There were lots of winners in the Bayer LibertyLink® Real Yield Game that you might recall us promoting at the end of last year. MORE


Soil Health Partnership Participation Explodes

Twenty-five more farms have joined in on the groundbreaking research effort from Soil Health Partnership (SHP) that could change the way farmers take care of their land.  MORE


U.S. Ag Journalists - Register for IFAJ Congress in Germany

Registration is now open for the IFAJ 2016 Congress which will take place in Bonn, Germany. There are pre and post tours in addition to the main Congress. Find the program and registration information on the Congress website.  MORE 
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Admin Takes Swift Action on China Antidumping Case
The U.S. ethanol industry recently called on the Obama administration to take quick action against China who has opened an antidumping case on U.S. exports of dried distillers grains (DDGs). In the letter, the groups asked for swift action to "mount an aggressive defense of our access to the Chinese livestock feed market."MORE

PERC Promotes Farm Incentive Program
Several years ago, the Propane Research and Education Council (PERC) launched the Propane FEED Program for farmers. Today the program has evolved as is now called the Propane Farm Incentive Program and it's taking off. To learn more about the program and how farmers can get involved, Chuck Zimmerman spoke with PERC's Director of Agriculture Business Development Cinch Munson during Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans. MORE

HCATT Sponsors Waste-to-Energy Demo
A waste-to-energy demonstration has kicked off on the campus of the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG). Sponsored by the High Technology Development Corporation's (HTDC) Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) the $6.8 million project showcases the efficacy of converting 10 tons of waste per day to electricity to generate a net 200 to 300 kW of baseload power using four generators run from the syngas produced by a gasifier. The demonstration will continue through this summer, and was facilitated through a contract with Biomass Energy Systems, Inc. (BESI). MORE 

Farmlogs Unveils New Offer at #Classic16

Farmlogs had a big announcement to make last week at the 2016 Commodity Conference. The upcoming growing season will bring many changes to the company's offerings, all designed to help them fulfill their mission of helping growers be more profitable. Nitrogen monitoring and variable rate prescriptions top the list of things growers can look forward to from Farmlogs. MORE


GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups.  MORE


AgFiniti Expands for More Grower Connivence

Ag Leader Technology is expanding its cloud-based platform, AgFiniti.  The new expansion will make data more accessible and convenient so growers can make better decisions.  The enchanted tools let growers connect across their operation with maps, reports and more right from their mobile device. 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

Listen to audio here.

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

Listen to audio here.

Morning Farm Report Adds Nutrient Forecast & Spray Smart Tech
Agrible, Inc. has announced new features and significant enhancements to Morning Farm Report™, their suite of predictive analytics tools for growers and agricultural companies. Tools like Advanced Nutrient Engine, Spray Smart™, Drone Plan, and Field Story™ have been added to the yield estimates, fieldwork recommendations, and weather forecasts already provided by Morning Farm Report. MORE

How to Talk to Consumers about Food

Tyson Foods VP of Sustainable Food Production Dr. Christine Daugherty took the stage last week during the Bayer AgVocacy Forum in New Orleans to discuss global food business trends. MORE


Cattle Industry Fighting BLM Land Use Plans

An amicus brief was filed on Tuesday by The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with support from the Idaho Cattle Association, the American Farm Bureau, and the Idaho Farm Bureau regarding restrictive land management plans from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. MORE 
Cargill Antibiotic Use Drops 20 Percent

Cargill is eliminating 20 percent of shared-class antibiotics, which are deemed important for both human and animal health uses, from its four feed yards in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, and from four additional feed yards operated by Friona Industries, a strategic business partner that supplies cattle for the company.MORE 
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