January 18 , 2017
Greetings ZimmComm fans!

Chuck and Cindy are in San Diego this week covering the National Biodiesel Conference for the  12th year in a row.  The National Biodiesel Board saw the value of using blogs to easily share their conference activities and we are so pleased that they have continued this partnership since 2006.

Jamie is on location in Panama this week with the U.S. Soybean Export Council and Missouri Soybean Association. Watch for her stories in the week ahead.

Lots more coming up this month so stay tuned.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


AgWired is on location this week in San Diego for the 14th National Biodiesel Conference, which marks our 12th year  blogging for the biodiesel industry .

The Potato Expo in San Fansisco earlier this month gave Chuck Zimmerman a chance to talk to Nufarm Manager of Tech Services, Alan Haack about an issue affecting the home state of AgWired's world headquarters.

One of the new exhibitors at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week was the  U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance  (USFRA), a group that AFBF was instrumental in creating five years ago.


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

Dr. Pat Westhoff of the  Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI)  at the University of Missouri brought attendees of the  American Farm Bureau Federation 's Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show last week an outlook for the 2017-2018 crop demand.

According to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged an unprecedented 1.049 million barrels per day the week ending January 6, 2017 - an increase of 6,000 barrels from the last week of 2016's now-broken record of 1.043 million barrels per day.

John Deere  has something new up its sleeve again. Carl Weidemeier attended the Potato Expo in San Fransisco to show growers the latest offering for specialty crops.

Ryan Martin is an agriculture meteorologist at Advantage Weather Solutions- a speaker at the  American Farm Bureau Federation 's 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, but what does weather have to do with social media?

The  U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA)  brought their SMART Farm technology to the largest consumer electronics show in the world, CES, taking the opportunity to show off tech created to help bridge the gap between the science and technology on today's farms and the innovation in a consumer's everyday life.

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the  14th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo  held January 16-19, 2017 in San Diego, California.

In this AnimalAgCast we discuss one of the most talked about issues in animal agriculture circles these days. January 2017 brought us the  Veterinary Feed Directive  (VFD).  Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension , has spoke to a number of groups across the country educating vets and producers on the VFD and serving as a key resource for continued questions.

GROWMARK  has announced a new scholarship program, according Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones.


The 48th Annual  Missouri Cattle  Industry Convention and Trade Show was held earlier this month, featuring eight educational sessions as part of the event's Cattlemen's College.

I was excited to hear a fellow southwest Missouri girl was  elected as the 2017 chairperson  of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee during the AFBF annual meeting in Phoenix this week. Kalena Bruce will take over as chair in February.

In a workshop at the  American Farm Bureau Federation's 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Dr. Jennifer Wishnie, a veterinary public health expert, spoke about one of the hottest topics in animal agriculture -  antibiotic resistance .

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