December 6, 2016
Hello ZimmComm Family:

ZimmComm World Headquarters is drying out after about 6 inches of rain yesterday.  We get dry but we seem to always catch up!

Cindy is in Chicago this week for the  ASTA CSS 2016 & Seed Expo courtesy of ASTA and BASF.   Her flight was delayed about 3 hours last night and she got to the hotel by  midnight without luggage but with a little help from friends she's on the floor with stories coming on AgWired.  That's what it means to have ZimmComm at your event.  We're kind of like the U.S. Postal Service don't you know.

Chuck takes off for the  2016 Cultivate & Connect Conference hosted by the AgChat Foundation this week.   On Thursday afternoon he'll be conducting a session on podcasting.  If you produce a regular farm podcast please  let him know and he'll include it in his presentation.  You can listen to a preview of this year's conference in his weekly  ZimmCast podcast here.

Last week Jamie attended the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium courtesy of BIVI with stories now being posted on  There is also new AgWired content being posted this week from the  2016 ARA Conference & Expo so don't forget to check it out.

For all you agricultural journalists, please don't forget about all the free and timely content you can find on  It is your online agricultural news service after all.

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:


Cotton root rot has been a problem for farmers in the southwest for decades, but  FMC's TopguardĀ® Terra  is making a difference.

Clariant  will be adding some new color to the ASTA CSS 2016 & Seed Expo, December 5-9 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency, featuring its full range of  Agrocer seed pigments  and pigment preparations, the first dedicated range of colorants for the agricultural industry.

The  Agricultural Retailers Association Conference & Expo started off with yesterday's annual golf tournament and is in full swing today with a general session followed by breakout sessions in two tracks, Operations and Executive.

2016 ARA Conference & Expo Photo Album
Interview with Leroy Startz, ING Capital

The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing yesterday examining two reports by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) released this week. 

This past October  Growth Energy  partnered with several retailers who sell E15  for a Pink Out campaign  to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

More than 30 biodiesel supporters from multiple states shared their stories and the benefits on biodiesel in the halls of Congress this week.

The  Agricultural Retailers Association  Convention & Expo heard from CEO, Daren Coppock with the President's report and review of the year.

Stuart Rothenberg knows the word "nonpartisan" is suspect, but as the Founding Editor of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, that's what he strives to be.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted an announcement between themselves,  General Mills, and the largest and oldest pollinator conservation organization, the  Xerces Society this morning.


Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom  (IAITC) programs will have an increased emphasis on pollinators next year, thanks to  GROWMARK  and its FS member cooperatives.

The 2016 North American PRRS Symposium was held December 3-4 in Chicago. The PRRS symposium was expanded this year to include emerging and foreign animal diseases.

The Agricultural Retailers Association Conference & Expo (ARA2016) is in full swing in Orlando, Florida.


Tumen Shuvuut, one of the largest layer companies in Mongolia, announced in a press conference that the company will begin marketing selenium-enriched eggs made with Sel-Plex organic selenium to Mongolian consumers nationwide.

Equine vaccine combinations that include West Nile virus and equine influenza/equine herpesvirus (rhino) antigens in a single formulation are convenient, but they may sacrifice a horse's immunity, according to research.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc  (BIVI) says visible abnormalities in the milk are often the first sign of mastitis. However, asks the question, "Should they also determine length of treatment?"
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