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June 17, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Community:
 
We'd like to say a very happy 25th Anniversary to Novus International.  Jamie is on hand at the company offices near St. Louis for the festivities.  You can find her photos here.
 
We're nearing completion of posting our stories and interviews from the World Pork Expo thanks to our sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim and CUTC  courtesy of NCGA.  But while that coverage winds downs things will ramp up as Chuck spends the weekend in Newton, IA for NASCAR racing activities courtesy of Syngenta Enogen.  From there he will travel to the Fuel Ethanol Workshop with sponsor Novozymes.  Meanwhile Cindy and Kelly head to Oregon for the American Seed Trade Association annual convention.  Whew!
 
We'd love your feedback on our latest ZimmPoll, sponsored by New Holland.  We're asking, "Did/do you have a summer job on a farm?"
 
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To find lots of new audio and other media content which is always available to all ag media check out our AgNewsWire.com.

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Safe Food Coalition Urges Senate to Act

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF) and leaders of America's agricultural and food industries are sounding the alarm that Congress needs to act immediately to pass a bipartisan solution before Vermont's mandatory on-package labeling law goes into effect July 1. MORE

Podcast 

Are Drones the Future of Ag?

It's a little mind-blowing, really. Robert Morris served in the U.S. Army as a Technical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) Platoon Leader in Afghanistan.  His ground-breaking work helped uncover intelligence that made critically important strategic decisions, but after returning to the states Morris realized drones were the wrong choice for agriculture.  MORE

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BIVI Expands R&D Facilities in Iowa 

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) recently opened a new research and development facility at Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa and ZimmComm's own Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to tour the facility prior to the official kick off of the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. The Health Management Center (HMC) is also located on the same campus and was founded to enable deeper investigation into debilitating swine diseases such as Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2).  MORE

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American Ethanol E15 250 NASCAR Race Preview
 
The American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen is set to hit the track this weekend at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The race, where all drivers compete using E15, a 15 percent ethanol blend, leaves the starting line on Sunday, June 19 at 12:30 pm CT. The NASCAR XFINITY Series race is part of Wide Opening Weekend at the speedway and this is the fifth consecutive year that American Ethanol and Enogen have sponsored the race. To get the scoop on events this weekend, I was able to speak with Chris Tingle, head of marketing for Enogen at Syngenta via Skpye. MORE

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GRFA Calls on COP21 Parties to Take Action
 
The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is calling on countries who have adopted the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) climate agreement to take immediate action. Of 195 attending countries, 177 have signed the official agreement. Bliss Baker, GRFA president, is calling for increased use of biofuels blending as part of these countries' national carbon reduction plans. The transportation sector produces an estimated 25-30 percent of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Baker says that biofuels, such as ethanol, are a cost-effective and immediate option for adoption and deployment. MORE 
 
Growth Energy, Front Range Give to Veterans 
 
Growth Energy Cares, the charitable arm of Growth Energy, and Front Range Energy have donated $125,000 to five veterans' organizations. The announcement was made during the Growth Energy/Front Range Energy annual golf tournament in Windsor, Colorado. The organizations include the Vail Veterans Program, Hire Heroes USA, Homes for Our Troops, The Fitch Foundation, and WYCO Veterans Alliance. One hundred percent of the tournament's sponsor contributions will go toward donations to these charities. MORE 
   
 
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How @GROWMARK Award Winner Supports 4R Concept

Jason Wesslund, area manager for the eastern half of Heritage FS in central Illinois, was one of five crop specialists recently named as the first recipients of the new GROWMARK Endure 4R Advocate award. Wesslund supervises four agronomy locations and four energy territories and also leads education and training of sustainable best management practices at Heritage FS. MORE

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Apply for the 2017 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont are seeking applicants for the 2016-17 ASA DuPont Young Leader Program, which works to identify and develop grower leaders who continue to shape the future of agriculture. MORE 

Connect IN Enhances Wheat Potential

More than 61 percent of wheat growers told Monsanto their primary method for determining seed rates is to use a standard pounds-per-acre approach.  Only 14 percent said they plant based on their desired count per acre.  These results show that understanding optimal seeding rates is critical.  Enter the ConnectIN System. MORE 

 
  
  
North American Meat Institute Economic Analysis
 
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) conducted a new economic impact analysis, along with John Dunham & Associates, identifying the U.S. meat and poultry industries account for $1.02 trillion in total economic output or 5.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). MORE

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TerrAvion Offers Plane-Based Precision Ag
  
Robert Morris served in the U.S. Army as a Technical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) Platoon Leader in Afghanistan. His ground-breaking work helped uncover intelligence that made critically important strategic decisions, but after returning to the states Morris realized drones were the wrong choice for agriculture. MORE

Podcast 

  
BIVI Media Tour of New Ames R&D Facility
  
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. (BIVI) recently opened a new research and development facility at Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa and ZimmComm's own Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to tour the facility prior to the official kick off of the 2016 World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. The Health Management Center (HMC) is also located on the same campus and was founded to enable deeper investigation into debilitating swine diseases such as Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and Porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2). MORE

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Research Will Help Farmers Discuss Sustainability

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) recently completed an extensive research project that dug into consumer perceptions about sustainability, and the findings may help producers continue to break through communication barriers and effectively get their story out to the increasingly disconnected consuming public. MORE

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NPPC Honors Industry Leader "Pig" Paul 

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) gave special recognition to pork industry leader Rolland "Pig" Paul through the unveiling of a commemorative painting in honor of his contributions to the U.S. pork industry during a press conference at the 2016 World Pork Expo. MORE

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Interior Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) report that the House Committee on Appropriations favorably voted the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the Greater Sage Grouse and full defunding of EPA's problematic "waters of the United States" rule. MORE 
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