April 22, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:  
We wish you all a very happy Earth Day.
Now for the news everyone has been waiting for.   #ZimmieZebra has a new home.   Congratulations to Samantha Bock for her "Jungle Love" tweet.  We're thrilled Zimmie has a new family and home and hope to get updates from time to time from Samantha.  For those who don't know, we had a contest at our NAMA conference booth to use a free zelfie stick to take a picture with Zimmie and social media post it with the hashtag, " #ZimmieZebra ."  You can see lots of the  photos here
.  Thank you to Nufarm for partnering with us on this important zebra re-location project to save the NAMA wildlife.

We've been posting stuff from NAMA all this week, including our ZimmCast with new president Matt Coniglio. It was a great conference! 
Our latest ZimmPoll asked,  "What do you do about statistics?"   By that we mean media statistics.  How do agricultural marketers measure their investment in print, radio, tv, web, social media, etc.?  For us, this has become more and more important as the ZimmComm News Network has grown.  We have struggled with finding a good option to streamline the immense amount of time it takes to manually look up a whole list of different statistics.  
Our poll results showed that using a combination of tools is the top way this is being done.  A service like Sprout Social ranked high on the results too.  If you have a favorite or useful mechanism or service we'd love to know about it.  Feel free to email Chuck anytime.
Our new ZimmPoll asks,  "How many generations has your family been involved in agriculture?"    We'd love to know.

Here's some audio from this past week ICYMI:

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New NAMA President Matt Coniglio

The Agri-Marketing Conference has come and gone for this year and hopefully everyone has recovered. I think I have. MORE


AFBF Hosts Press Conference On Labor Visa Backlogs

Delays from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the processing of visas for farm workers are fast approaching crisis proportions, increasing the threat that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall said in a media conference call this week.  MORE


#ZimmieZebra Has a New Home

I know the suspense is killing everyone. But have no fear...the wait is over! We are ready to announce the zelfie winner who gets to provide a new home for #ZimmieZebra. Congrats to Samantha Bock and her 'Jungle Love' tweet. Our goal with this contest was to find Zimmie a new home, but a chance of true love is just icing on the cake. It is true #OppositesAttract.  MORE 
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US Wind Jobs Hit Record
The U.S. wind industry continues to shatter records. In 2015, wind energy supported 88,000 jobs, an increase of 20 percent over 2014. The data was released as part of the U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015 from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The strong job growth coincided with wind energy hitting the number one spot as the country's new source of generating capacity. MORE 
#EarthDay, #Ethanol and the Global Climate
The signing of the Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016 puts the focus on what countries are doing to make the world a better place, and some of the nearly 170 countries signing the accord are backing the use of renewable fuels like ethanol for cleaner air. In this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the environmental benefits of ethanol and how the United States could have done more in the agreement to promote renewable fuels. He also shares his thoughts about what the oil industry costs American taxpayers on Tax Day. MORE

Make Biofuels Part of Paris Agreement Implementation
History was made this week with the signing of the Paris Agreement climate accord by 130 countries at the UN Headquarters in New York. The governments now have one year to ratify the accord. The Paris Agreement will enter into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total for at least an estimated 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions have finalized their adoption of the accord. In response, the global biofuels community is calling on these countries to include biofuels as part of their greenhouse gas reduction goals. MORE 

New Holland Prepares for the Future of Precision

The precision world changes quickly.  In fact, technology evolves much more quickly than our perceptions.  So if you think of New Holland and hand-foreged tools are what come to mind, you're not alone. MORE


Valent Expanding Agricultural R&D in North America

Valent U.S.A. Corporation has announced they are strategically expanding the research and development program in North America.  The new facilities are being created to accelerate discovery and early development testing of solutions for plant protection.  This announcement comes on the heels of a research and development expansion by Valent's parent company, Sumitomo Chemical. MORE 

Soil Health Institute Names Chief Scientific Officers

For the first time the Soil Health Institute has selected a Chief Scientific Officer.  Dr. Steven R. Shafer, one of the nation's top agricultural research leaders, has been selected for this position. MORE 

Sandhills Cattle Association and AgriClear Partner
AgriClear, an online transaction and payment platform for cattle buyers and sellers, has announced a collaborative arrangement with Sandhills Cattle Association (SCA), based in Valentine, Nebraska. Jamie Johansen spoke with Nevil Speer, Vice President of U.S. Operations for AgriClear, to learn more about what this partnership will mean for both sides.  MORE


Merial Addresses Stomach Ulcers in Horses
Stomach ulcers are a major veterinary health concern throughout the entire equestrian sport community, as two thirds of competition horses suffer from them, and the Merial equine health team made gastric health a priority in their presentations at the 2016 Midwest Horse Fair. MORE


Dr. John Newton Analyzes Milk Price Decline
Since the record highs of 2014, when milk was priced at well above $25 dollars per cwt, U.S. milk production has continued to grow at record numbers, and the USDA has projected that a record 212 billion pounds of milk will be produced in the U.S. in 2016. The demand, however, has begun to slow, and this new dynamic of supply and demand changes have combined to create some serious pressures on milk prices worldwide. MORE


ALB Selects Four Young Leaders Representatives

This year, the American Lamb Board (ALB) developed the Tri-Lamb Young Leaders Program was developed to create a forum of young producers and leaders from the United States, Australia and New Zealand to share ideas, network, and broaden the understanding of sheep production practices in all three countries. Representatives from each country will participate in the forum for two years, with meetings and tours in AU and NZ in 2016 and meetings and tours in the US in 2017. New representatives will be selected in 2018. MORE 
Colorado Rancher Testifies Before House Committee

This week, fourth generation rancher Robbie LeValley, of Western Colorado, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on the potential consequences of the Administration's critical habitat policy. MORE

NCBA Hosting Webinar on Beef Trade

As trade issues become increasingly prevalent in headlines throughout both the agricultural media and the popular press' coverage of the current election season, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) will be hosting a webinar on international trade beef trade. The webinar will take place May 12, 2016, at 7:00 pm CST. MORE 
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