May 6, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Peeps:
It has been an epic week for ZimmComm New Media.  We held our first ever company retreat with our editors, webmaster and newly hired general manager.  We did training, planning and of course had some great times together on world famous Pensacola Beach.  Since Zimmie the Zebra found a new home during the NAMA convention we've continued with our zebra adoption/re-location program. Zimmie was apparently pregnant while she was partying at NAMA and she gave birth before she left for her new home, leaving us with her offspring MiniZ who has spent the week with us on the beach and at the retreat. We are planning for MiniZ to be traveling with us on the agriblogging highway this year so watch for him!
Our last ZimmPoll  sponsored by New Holland  asked "Is TPP good for agriculture.  Most responses were that there were definitely some winners in ag but not everyone agreed.  Our new ZimmPoll asks, "How do you pass the time when flying?'  The ZimmComm Team knows all about this as we travel the agriblogging highways and airways!
Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Has Opened

Online applications for the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge will open May 1, coinciding with the beginning of National Small Business Week. MORE 

First Ever ZimmComm Team Retreat

The ZimmComm Team got together for the first time in Pensacola Beach, FL. All our editors and the mysterious Robert, the webmaster, are concluding our business sessions which have included website critiques/changes (some still pending), social media strategy, online multimedia content creation and much more. It has been an intense time but also a great time for fellowship with family members too. And yes, that does include some grand babies who are now budding beach bums. MORE 

RFD-TV and FarmHer Form Partnership

RFD-TV and FarmHer have signed a new agreement to bring a true-to-life, positive image of farm woman to television.  Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer, will tell the story of farm women and capture the behind-the-scene stories from the FarmHer online community.  MORE 
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NBB's Joe Jobe to Pursue New Opportunities
National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Joe Jobe has left the organization to pursue new opportunities. Jobe had been with the organization for nearly 20 years. He started with NBB in 1997 and was named CEO in 1999.  In that time, he helped lead the industry from 200,000 gallons of biodiesel use to over 2 billion gallons projected in 2016. The NBB Board of Directors thanked Jobe for his years of service, and wished him best in his future endeavors. MORE 
Project Liberty Production Ramps Up
Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. Last year's startup phase yielded great experience that will benefit subsequent plants and the learning continues each day as POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels works to make cellulosic ethanol in the most efficient way possible. MORE 
#MillionSolarStrong Campaign Launched
The.U.S. has become a #MillionSolarStrong. According to a new report from the George Washington Solar Institute the solar industry has installed more than a million solar projects and is on an accelerated path toward 2 million. In tandem with the report, the solar industry has launched a #MillionSolarStrong and recognizes rooftop and utility-scale reports alike. MORE 

Bayer FiberMax One Ton Club Has New Record

Yields were made to be broken.  That's why Bayer is honoring 127 members who qualified for the elite FiberMax One Ton Club for the 2015 crop year.  This year's inductees include 40 new members and 87 returning qualifiers for a grand total of 848 members. MORE 

WinField Data Confirms Late-Season N Benefits

WinField is releasing data to help farmers get their best return on nitrogen investments.  The 2015 Answer Plot Program results showed a positive yield response to split-season and late-season N applications. MORE 

Register Now for CTIC Conservation in Action Tour

This year's Conservation in Action Tour will be hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Idaho's Treasure Valley.  Dates are August 23 and the 24th and reservations may be made online or by phone at (765) 494-9555. MORE 

Monsanto Feature of I AM USFRA
It's pretty safe to say that no company or sector of the agriculture industry has been the target of more misinformation than Monsanto, mainly for their development of what could arguably be the greatest scientific achievement for feeding the world in history - genetically modified crops. Getting factual information to consumers about the agriculture industry is the reason Monsanto was one of the founding members of USFRA.  MORE


@GROWMARK Customers Embrace Climate FieldView
Climate Corporation's Climate FieldView products are among the most exciting innovations that GROWMARK's Ron Milby has seen come along for agriculture in the past two decades. MORE


I AM USFRA Features Poultry & Eggs
The latest I Am USFRA features the poultry and eggs. The industry as been the target of  animal rights advocates and others who have tried to damage the image of their products in the eyes of consumers. That's why the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY) was one of the founding organizations for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), to join with others in agriculture in a dialogue about food production. MORE


AQHA Expands Time To Ride Challenge

Since its introduction in 2014 by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the Time to Ride Challenge has introduced more than 60,000 people to horses through first-time horse experiences with the support and involvement of hundreds of stables, clubs and equine businesses nationwide. MORE 
AgriClear Collaborates with Canadian Beef Breeds Council

AgriClear has entered into a collaborative marketing agreement with the Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC), an umbrella organization representing the purebred cattle sector in Canada. MORE

Great Ideas for Recycling Waste

Earth Day may have come and gone but it's always a good time to be kind to Mother Earth and recycling is one such way. MORE 
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