June 3, 2016 
Happy Friday from ZimmComm:
This has been setup week for new ZimmComm employees Clint and Caitlin Underwood.  They are now all moved in and ready to work out of ZimmComm World Headquarters!
The agriblogging and farm podcasting highway is going to get busy starting next week when Chuck attends the Corn Utilization Technology Conference in St. Louis and travels on to an EPA public hearing on the RFS in Kansas City.  Meanwhile, Jaime and Lizzy will be at World Pork Expo in Des Moines.
We congratulate and welcome new Brand Marketing Communications Manager, Francesca Vaughn, to New Holland.  And in case we didn't mention it last week, the same to Mary Hagan, new VP of Communications at NCGA.  And while we're at it let's also welcome new Pork Board CEO, William J. Even.
Here is some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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 Vets Turn Focus on Soil Health

Several international experts in animal health and nutrition were present at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, where their expert testimony on the solutions to the wide array of challenges facing animal production could be heard by a global audience. Prof. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and expert in Veterinary Toxicology who works with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) traveled to the conference from the Netherlands in order to speak to audiences on the future of animal health, which she believes must begin to become more holistic. MORE


 Pork Board Names New CEO

William J. Even, an agriculture-industry leader with substantial senior management experience in crop and livestock production, will join the National Pork Board as its new Chief Executive Officer on June 6, 2016. Currently based in South Dakota, Even is Global Industry Relations Lead with DuPont Pioneer. MORE 

 Introducing the Farm To Table Alliance

The National Farm to Table Alliance, started through the annual Farm to Table Experience, is a collection of organizations interested in sustainable, local, farm fresh seasonal products. The Alliance supports the exchange between Practitioners, Policy Makers and Consumers, while promoting food safety.  MORE 
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 Nebraska Ramps Up Bio-based Partnerships
Nebraska is ramping up its bio-based partnerships. According to a recent Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), bioscience companies employ more than 16,000 people in the state with the industry growing at a faster pace than the national average. For instance, several global and national companies are already located in Nebraska, including: NatureWorks (corn-based plastics), Novozymes (enzyme technology), Purac (lactic acid), Laurel BioComposite (bioresins from distillers grains), Pharmgate (animal pharmaceuticals) and many more. MORE 
 Western Plains Energy Joins RFA
Western Plains Energy has joined the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The ethanol facility is located in Oakley, Kansas and produces 50 million gallons per year of ethanol from both corn and grain sorghum. The ethanol refinery produces more than 400,000 tons per year of wet distillers' grains. MORE  
 ICM's SMT Technology Proven Process
IMC says its Selective Milling Technology (SMT) has proven its success. Today the technology is installed at nearly 15 percent of U.S. ethanol plants and has enabled ethanol plants to produce more than 300 million gallons of ethanol since its installations. ICM says the SMT process has collectively produced more than 45 million gallons of ethanol per year as well as a collective increase of more than 30 million pounds of corn oil per year. ICM cites that at current values for both products, SMT has collectively generated more than $85 million in additional revenue for these ethanol facilities. MORE 

Beneficial Reuse Management Offers Pelleted Gypsum

A new, high-quality pelleted gypsum fertilizer is now available from Beneficial Reuse Management (BRM).  This product offers 17 percent sulfate sulfur and 21 percent calcium. MORE 

John Deere Promises Improvements for 2017

Available next spring is the new MaxEmerge 5e row units for a variety of Deere planters, including the mini-hopper and DB planters. MaxEmerge 5e row units will improve seeding population accuracy when it operating on a curve- up to 20 percent improvement in fact, along with eliminating a potential yield loss due to inaccuracies. MORE 

ANSEMAT Joins Agrievolution Alliance

The Agrievolution Alliance is a global network of agricultural equipment manufacturers made up of more than 6,000 member companies.  The group has now announced the newest addition to their ranks, the National Association for Agricultural, Forestry and Landscaping Machinery (ANSEMAT) of Spain.  ANSEMAT represents 63 agriculture equipment manufacturing companies and 124 total companies.  This brings Alliance's total to 14 equipment organizations from across the globe. MORE 

 @Better_Seed Meeting Will Be 'Blazing Trails'
A trail blazing joint convention of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with the Oregon Seed Association this year will highlight the diverse seed industry of the Beaver State. This year's theme for the 133rd annual ASTA annual convention is Blazing Trails and takes place in Portland, Oregon June 18-22, 2016.  MORE


 Gene Stoel Shares Why "I AM USFRA"
Third generation Minnesota farmer Gene Stoel has served on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) for three years now and he considers it time well spent for him representing his family and his fellow farmers. He shares why he is "I AM USFRA" in this week's podcast. "To me it's very important to tell people what it is we do, why we do the things we do and help them better understand where their food comes from," Gene says. MORE


 TKI Crop Vitality Opens Research and Innovation Farm in Dinuba, California
The Crop Vitality division of Tessenderlo Kerley Inc. (TKI) has opened a research, development and innovation farm in Dinuba, California. The facility will further Crop Vitality's commitment to developing innovative crop nutrients that help growers meet the needs of modern crop production in a reliable and sustainable manner. MORE 

 Cuba Creates #ONEBigIdea for U.S.

Cuba's newly opened relationship with the United States gives us access to an emerging market and provides new perspectives on it's lands. The opportunities for new agriculture, technology and food concepts is something we can't ignore. Alltech calls it a one-of-a-kind opportunity. MORE

 Food Bloggers Experience Beef Production

A recent "#BLOGMEETSBEEF" program focused on the Pasture to Plate Experience has helped increase knowledge of beef and beef production among 14 of the nations key food bloggers. The event, held April 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio, was funded by the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin Beef Councils, and was supported by the family-owned Meijer supermarket chain, which carries only Certified Angus Beef. MORE

 2016 Hay & Forage Expo to Focus on Education

The Hay & Forage Expo returns to central Iowa, June 22 & 23, for the 30th annual event at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa. The event brings the latest in hay and forage equipment to attendees. MORE 
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