June 10, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Community:
The ZimmComm Team has been pretty busy this week.  Summer activities are ramping up and here's where we've been.
World Pork Expo: Jamie covered this annual porkaganza courtesy of our sponsor BIVI.  You can find her coverage on our animal ag news website and photos here.
CUTC: Chuck covered the corn tech conference once again.  His stories and interviews can be found on AgWired  our precision ag news website and also on the NCGA blog, Corn Commentary with photos here.
EPA RFS Hearing:  Chuck moved from St. Louis to Kansas City to cover what has almost become an annual event courtesy of our sponsor Renewable Fuels Association.  Most of his stories can be found on our energy website with photos here.
Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:
And there is so much more.  Find it all on!
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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 Social Media Award for @Bayer

One company that really "gets" social media in my opinion is Bayer. I'm not alone. The evidence comes in the form of some great recognition for their efforts. In this week's program I talk with Bayer's Jeff Donald about their use of social media on the ag side and how they measure success. MORE


New Pork Board CEO Bill Even at #WPX16

Earlier this month the National Pork Board named Bill Even as their new CEO. No stranger to the agricultural community or swine industry, Bill sat down with me at the 2016 World Pork Expo to discuss their key components focusing on people, pigs and the planet. MORE


 John Deere to Offer Nutrient Application Products

John Deere dealers in North America will now sell and support the nutrient application products 360 Y-DROP and 360 UNDERCOVER.  The announcement came this week after an agreement between Deere & Company and 360 Yield Center.  MORE 
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IBB's Kimberly Calls @EPA to Embrace #Biodiesel
Executive Director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB), Grant Kimberley, called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to embrace biodiesel's full potential yesterday when testifying during the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2018 proposed rules for Biomass-Based diesel in Kansas City. Renewable fuel volumes for 2017 are 2 billion gallons and the EPA only proposed an increase in fuel to 2.1 billion gallons in 2018. IBB is calling for final volumes in 2018 to be 2.5 billion gallons. MORE

RFA Chair Tells @EPA to 'Go all the way'
Thirty-five year ethanol veteran, advocate, CEO of Al-Corn Clean Fuel and Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Randy Doyal wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to know that while the renewable fuel volumes for ethanol are set to improve in 2017, the proposed volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) suffer from the same problem as before - the statute does not allow EPA to issue a waiver based on proposed constraints on distribution such as the so-called blend wall. MORE

 #Ethanol Research Director to Testify at Hearing
The Executive Director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) in Illinois will be at the EPA hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in Kansas City today to repeat the same comments he has made at the last several hearings on the subject. MORE


#CUTC16 Looks at the Value of Big Data

Jeremy Wilson works for Crop IMS and knows a thing or two about big data.  In his presentation, Data Share and Share Alike at the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference, Wilson addresses the information recorded on a farm and who should be given access to it. MORE


Climate Smart Agriculture at #CTUC16

Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn farmer who believes sustainability is more than a buzz word. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference Yoder told AgWired about his involvement with Climate Smart Agriculture, a term coined to describe just what it is growers will have to do to feed 9 billion people while working with what we've got. Working with the climate, Yoder explains, means adapting to changes, taking the bad weather with the good and figuring out how to use that to make farmers more productive. MORE


Stem Cells May Be Key To Increased Yields

Biologists at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered a regulatory pathway in corn that could help explain how plants regulate the proliferation of stem cells, and could potentially be used to increase yields of corn and other staple crops by as much as 50 percent. The pathway works by channeling signals from emerging young leaves in corn to the meristem, which is located at the plant's growing tip. MORE 

Ethanol Report on @EPA #RFS Hearing
Ethanol supporters turned out in force this week for a field hearing on EPA's proposed volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 120 witnesses testified in favor of EPA following the rule as passed by Congress by increasing the proposed 2017 requirement for conventional biofuel volumes to the statutory level of 15 billion gallons. MORE


Court Dumps EU #Ethanol Duty
Breaking news came from Europe today as ethanol supporters were gathered in Kansas City that a European court has ruled against the European Union's (EU) countrywide 9.5 percent antidumping duty on all ethanol imported from the US.S. that  had been in place since February 2013. MORE


I AM USFRA Features Dairy Farmer Carla Wardin
Carla Wardin is a busy mother of three boys and a 6th generation dairy farmer with her husband in Michigan. She's also one of the Faces of Farming and Ranching for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and this week's featured farmer in the "I AM USFRA" weekly podcast. She discusses her "faces" role (the part she likes best is the people) and the new search for the next crop of "spokesfarmers" to represent the industry. MORE


U.S. Pork in a Global Marketplace from #WPX16

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) hosted swine industry leaders for a discussion on how to maximize competitive advantage in today's global market during the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. The speakers' messages all aligned with BIVI's "Start Healthy. End Strong." campaign, a platform that focuses on preparing young stock for success before health issues arise. MORE

 National Pork Board Presser on PQA Plus & Antibiotics

The National Pork Board held a press conference on day one of the 2016 World Pork Expo. Leadership was on hand to share insights into changes to the voluntary Pork Quality AssuranceĀ® Plus (PQA PlusĀ®) 3.0, changing antibiotic guidelines for producers and we even got to meet their new CEO, Bill Even. MORE


Farm Journal Media Partners With Dairy Girl Network

Dairy Girl Network (DGN) and Farm Journal Media have just announced an exclusive media partnership through Farm Journal's flagship dairy brand Dairy Herd Management. The goal of the partnership is extending the outreach and improving the relationships between dairy women across the country. MORE 
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