November 4, 2016
Hello ZimmComm Community:

AgNerd Chuck was in Kansas City this week to Develop with Deere as the company held its annual conference with application developers and this year with a large group of their dealers.  It was a record crowd and he's sharing interviews on

The ZimmComm Team is gearing up for next week's NAFB convention in KC, MO.  On location will be Chuck, Cindy, Clint, Jamie and Kelly.  We appreciate sponsors BASF and FMC for their support to make our coverage possible on all our news sites.

Our  latest ZimmPoll asked the question, "Which candidate is better for agricultural exports?"

Both major party candidates have said they oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which most studies show would help to open up markets and increase agricultural exports. The Obama administration has been strongly in favor of TPP and urging Congress to ratify the trade agreement as soon as possible, but that will not likely be before the end of the year, leaving it in the hands of the next president and a new Congress. And in this poll it looks like Trump is the candidate most are confident will handle this well.

Here are the poll results:

*Donald Trump - 52%
*Hillary Clinton - 32%
*Gary Johnson - 6%
*Jill Stein - 1%
*None of the above - 9%

Our  new ZimmPoll is live and asks the question,  Final decision time - who are you voting for?

We'd love to know.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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The   AGRI-TREND® 2016 FARM FORUM EVENT  is coming up next month in Calgary, Alberta with the theme LEARN & GROW.

Bad Boy Off Road  is part of  Textron Specialized Vehicles , based in Augusta, GA.

New Holland is pleased to welcome  Modesty Guarente as its new Brand Communications Marketing Manager, effective this week.

Alabama is the next location for the  ethanol safety seminars  hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) along with support from an Assistance for Local Emergency Response Training (ALERT) grant.

Prior to being  named CEO of the National Biodiesel Board  this week, Donnell Rehagen had been the organization's number two man for 12 years, the behind-the-scenes guy who got stuff done.

The  Renewable Fuels Association  and the U.S. Grains Council are the co-sponsors and hosts of the biennial  Export Exchange , but dozens of other companies and organizations help make it happen with their support.


Develop with Deere has been hosting all kinds of software developer companies this week, including an organization that has pioneered the Internet of Things.

The Illinois Farm Bureau Federation and affiliated county Farm Bureaus  recently joined with GROWMARK  and a number of FS companies to launch a program designed to demonstrate the efficacy of 4R nutrient stewardship practices at the local level.

Powdery mildew has been a major challenge for California growers this year, in fact, according to Tim Ksander, technical manager for  FMC , one of the worst these growers have ever encountered.


With commodity prices falling, already tight operating margins may become even tighter, increasing the need for farm partners to keep an eye on their operating expenses.

John Deere is holding its annual Develop with Deere conference in Kansas City this year with almost double the number of attendees of last year.

Export Exchange 2016 , sponsored by the  Renewable Fuels Association  (RFA) and the  U.S. Grains Council  (USGC), was held this past week in Detroit, Michigan with over 400 attendees, including some 200 international buyers and end users from more than 35 countries.


On this week's AnimalAgCast, we hear from Ryan Goodman, a Business Development Manager for  AgriClear , as well as a prominent social media influencer and the producer of  Agriculture Proud , a popular agricultural advocacy blog.

Research continues to show the value of dried distillers grains (DDGS) as a high quality animal feed, and the need to increase global demand for DDGS was a hot topic of discussion at this year's  Export Exchange .

Six months ago,  Alltech  welcomed  KEENAN  to its global family. Since then, KEENAN has witnessed continued growth and strength thanks to Alltech's global footprint and family of companies.

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