January 24, 2017
Chuck, Cindy and the Golden ZimmComm Microphone rocked it again for the National Biodiesel Board last week as  Biodiesel Bloggers.  All their stories have now been published if you want to take a look.  Meanwhile, over at  AgNewsWire.com you can see the virtual ag media room we created for NBB to share with all ag journalists.  Most ag journalists couldn't attend the National Biodiesel Conference but they can find lots of media choices for their use in broadcasts, publications, websites and newsletters!  Want us to create a virtual ag media room for you?

Jamie is back from Panama and traveling with t he  U.S. Soybean Export Council  (USSEC) and  Soy Aquaculture Alliance  (SAA).  These groups joined forces to host the 2017 Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama. U.S. soybean growers, researchers and aquaculture experts gathered to take in the latest on the fastest growing animal protein - aquaculture. Attendees also visited the Panama Canal and witnessed the center of global trade and the import role U.S. soy plays in the international economy.  And guess what?  We have a  virtual ag media room from that event  as well! 

For all you AgNerds out there, in case you missed them, Chuck just completed a two part series, "Buds and Pods."  He tried out two new products, including the Apple AirPods.  Hope you find them helpful.   Part One   -   Part Two

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


This week I get to talk precision ag with the new Industry Relations Manager, Precision Solutions and Telematics for  CNH Industrial , Dan Danford.

Kent  Engelbrecht of ADM was elected chairman of the  National Biodiesel Board in November, marking the first time that company has moved into the leadership position for the organization. "We've been involved in biodiesel since 2006," said Engelbrecht. "We've got four plants in North America producing a lot of biodiesel, and that uses a lot of soybean oil, and that comes from a lot of soybeans."

Those wise, as a result of experience, people at Sage, a creative marketing agency, are now a Kansas City  25 Under 25  company.

John Deere  green was on display at the National Biodiesel Conference Vehicle Showcase last week in San Diego. Chuck Studer, Director of Industry Relations, highlighted John Deere's vast diesel equipment product line and long standing involvement with biodiesel.

Another successful  National Biodiesel Conference wrapped up last week in San Diego.Donnell Rehagen has attended the majority of those conference as COO for the National Biodiesel Board, but it was his first as CEO, and he was very pleased with this year's event and excited about the industry moving forward.

General Motors  is fueling America's future with biodiesel by  expanding its B20-capable lineup  to include new cars, crossovers and trucks.


Bayer  brought  Velum Prime plus Movento  to this year's Potato Expo in a very timely manner. Growers are facing more challenges this year than last in regards to nematode pressure, reports Nevada Smith, Marketing Manger for the Western Region.

Nufarm and John Deere Financial are working together to provide customers with the best possible service. A new financing program, running from December 1, 2016- July 31, 2017, makes the purchase of Nufarm products easier and more affordable than ever. Purchases come with a 120 day No Payment/No-Interest program on a low minimum requirement of $3,000. Payments are due in full in December, 2017.

The  American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)  has been actively engaged with the  U.S. Department of Agriculture  in developing a rule regarding plant breeding innovation.

The  U.S. Soybean Export Council  (USSEC) and  Soy Aquaculture Alliance  (SAA) joined forces to host the 2017 Aquaculture Educational Opportunity in Panama City, Panama.

President-elect Donald Trump officially rounded out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration.  National Cattlemen's Beef Association calls him "an excellent pick" to head USDA.

National Biodiesel Board  CEO Donnell Rehagen and Chairman Kent Engelbrecht of ADM kicked off the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego Tuesday with a look at how biodiesel has continued to triumph over the years despite being an underdog.


Coppens International , an  Alltech  company and leading international aquatic feed solutions provider, has announced a wide range of projects that have emerged from their partnership with Alltech in 2016, including the introduction of several new algae products containing innovative Alltech technologies.

President-elect Donald Trump's  nomination of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture  has been received a warm and positive response from the nation's livestock industry groups.

President-elect Donald Trump will officially round out his cabinet by nominating former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture just a little more than 24 hours before the inauguration.
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