May 13, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
Chuck and Cindy are enjoying a break from the agriblogging highway and working with Clint and Caitlin to get them moved and in our new offices.  It's a great time to be an agriblogger and farm podcaster!
Looking ahead we want you to know of some sponsorship opportunities involving our custom brand of live event coverage.  These include the 2016 IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany in July, the Ag Media Summit and InfoAg Conference.  Of course we're also available to cover your field day, company event or any other ideas you may have.
Our  latest ZimmPoll  found that over 60% of respondents have family that have been involved in agriculture from 5-10 generations to too many to count.  That's an impressive figure.   Now we're asking , "How concerned are you about feeding 9 billion people by 2050?"  Demographers project we will have over 9 billion people to feed by 2050. Do you think this is a realistic prediction? If so, it opens a lot of opportunity for agriculture but also adds pressure to do so in a sustainable way. If not, then perhaps we don't have too much to worry about. Just how concerned are you about #Feedingthe9?
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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AFBF Concludes Farmers Want Data Control

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released the results of a survey that shows America's farmers and ranchers want to control their data.  The survey also showed that farmers believe a cooperative-style central repository for their information would be the best way to control security and ensure its value. MORE 

Borlaug-Ruan Internship Sends 24 Students Abroad

The World Food Prize Foundation announced that record 24 high school students will be sent abroad for internships at renowned international research centers and NGOs this summer. The students hail from Iowa and 12 other states, and will focus their studies on issues relating to hunger and poverty during eight-week, all-expenses-paid internships in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MORE 

Cullman Named CEO of Farm Foundation

Constance Cullman will be stepping into the position of President and CEO of Farm Foundation, NFP.  MORE 
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Montreal-Trudeau Airport for Biojet Pilot Program
The next step in Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) has been determined. Air Canada has announced the three-year collaborative project will take place at the MontrĂ©al-Trudeau Airport. The goal of the program, that includes 14 stakeholders, is to use 400,000 litres of aviation biojet (biofuel) into a shared fuel system. MORE 
Setting the Record Straight: #Ethanol & Marine Engines
Engine and marine experts called on Washington lawmakers this week to get the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) back on track. The White House Office of Management and Budget is expected to release its review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed blending requirements for biofuels in 2017 soon. Fuels America hosted a panel discussion and press call with several certified mechanics, engine performance experts and professional fisherman who discussed the benefits of ethanol including the environmental benefits for marine life and engine performance as well as dispelled myths about ethanol. In addition, the panelists addressed misconceptions about ethanol use in classic cars in response to recent comments by Jay Leno. MORE

US Ethanol Exports Swing Upwards
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is reporting that U.S. ethanol exports totaled 95.3 million gallons (mg) in March, a 42 percent increase from February. This is also the highest monthly volume in more than four years. The data comes from the latest report from the U.S. government. The top export market was China (37 mg) followed by Brazil (20.7 mg) and Canada (16.2 mg). Year-to-date ethanol exports are 249.4 mg and RFA says the U.S. is on pace to ship 1 billion gallons of exports this year. MORE 

GPS Designed by Farmers

What happens when farmers design a GPS system?  You get an accurate system that also improves input accuracy and minimizes impact on the soil.  That's what  "Real Time Kinematics" from Argi-Tech East offers, thanks to the work of growers like Robert Salmon of the U.K. who helped create a program that can guide farm machinery along controlled traffic systems. MORE 

Early-Bird Corn Yield Registration Open

#Plant16 is moving ahead and the National Corn Growers Association is getting their yearly National Corn Yield Contest underway as well.  Participants in this year's contest can register now through June 30th to save on entry fees.  The early-bird fee is only $75, promising to save growers money for taking the time to register sooner rather than later. MORE 

CNH Publishes Sustainability Report for 2015

CNH Industrial has proven time and again that they are a sustainable company.  For the fifth year in a row they have been named an Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) World and Europe Inducies.  They were the 2015 DJSI Capital Goods Industry Group Leader and were included on the CDP Climate A List.  Now the company is releasing its 2015 Sustainability Report. MORE 

The Truth About #Ethanol & Marine Engines
Fuels America hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. this morning focused on ethanol, engines and boats. The panelists included certified mechanics, engine performance experts and professional fisherman. An element of the discussion was the role ethanol plays in protecting water environments. A press conference followed the discussion. The panel coincided with the White House Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) near-completed review of the EPA's proposed blending requirements for ethanol and advanced biofuels in 2017.  MORE


@GROWMARK Customers Embrace Climate FieldView
Climate Corporation's Climate FieldView products are among the most exciting innovations that GROWMARK's Ron Milby has seen come along for agriculture in the past two decades. MORE


Lisa Lunz Feature of I AM USFRA
This week I AM USFRA features Lisa Lunz of Nebraska who has been on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) from its inception, and she has been pleased to see how the organization has grown to have a significant influence on conversations about food across the country. MORE


Beef Production: Your ONE Opportunity

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference will kick off on May 22 and runs through May 25, with an all-star line-up ready to take on the issues regarding the future of agriculture. The Alltech event promises to inspire attendees, and to promote innovation through its lineup of incredible speakers and lecture series. MORE 
US to Challenge China at WTO Over Chicken Duties

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman announced that USTR will request that the World Trade Organization take action against China for its failure to eliminate its anti-dumping and countervailing duties on U.S. chicken exports. The National Chicken Council and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council both applaud this announcement. MORE

Warnick Named Dean of Cornell Vet School

Cornell University has announced that Dr. Lorin D. Warnick, interim dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine. MORE 
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