May 27, 2016 
Hello ZimmComm Fans:
We wish all of you a wonderful weekend as we commemorate the women and men who have died in military service to the United St ates of America.  We support their families with our thoughts and prayers and give thanks for the freedom that they have given all for us to enjoy.
ZimmComm's new General Manager, Clint Underwood, has successfully made the move with his family to Pensacola from Missouri.  S tarting next Wednesday he'll be "in the office" and starting a new career.  We welcome him and his wife Caitlin and their sons Cruz and Case. Caitlin will also soon be working for us as our new office manager.
Our latest ZimmPoll asked, "How concerned are you about feeding 9 billion by 2050?"  A majority of respondents say they are concerned.  However, there is a large percentage who are not concerned or don't think we'll ever reach 9 billion.
Our new ZimmPoll, sponsored by New Holland, asks, "What would a Bayer Monsanto buyout mean for ag?"  Monsanto just turned down an offer from Bayer but left the door open for further discussion.  What do you think?
Here's some audio from this week you might have missed:
Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:

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In this week's program you can listen to Jamie Johansen talk with John Blue, Truffle Media Networks, about the growth of the company and what he sees for the future. MORE


Emerging technologies are knocking on the doorsteps of agriculture daily. One of these is facial recognition, not necessarily new when used with humans, but a cutting-edge concept in animal agriculture. David Hunt, co-founder of Cainthus, a company dedicated to digitizing ag practices, spoke to attendees of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference about ways we can all take advantage of new developments in digitalization, automation and the cloud. MORE


Leaders of food and agriculture companies joined the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today to release a new call to action on improving sustainable production.  MORE 
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With Memorial Day comes the official start of the summer boating season and the ethanol industry is working hard to correct the misconceptions about using ethanol blended fuel in marine engines. MORE

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse is leading a U.S. ethanol mission to Mexico on May 24-25, 2016 to explore trade opportunities. On hand for the trip will be ethanol industry representatives from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). While there, they will be meeting with government officials, legislators and the Mexican private industry. MORE  
The. U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently returned from a trip to Egypt to discuss using dried distillers grains (DDGS), a by-product of corn-based ethanol production, as feed for its growing aquaculture industry. Also on the trip was USGC member Mirasco who has a large client base in the Egyptian aquaculture industry. MORE 
Planet Labs invites you to joint the second webinar in their series covering satellite imagery.  This second session, "From Pixels to Information: Supporting Field Management Across the Growing Season," will be held on June 1st at 10 am EST and June 2st at 10 am PST.  The program will last 45 minutes and will be hosted by Ryan Schacht, Account Executive, and Erik Zillmann, Earth Observation Expert- Agriculture. MORE 
Pacific Ag, the nation's largest crop residue supply chain, is expanding with a new field office near Fargo, North Dakota.  The area has seen an increased demand for wheat straw reside for use in the diary, beef, mushroom and erosion control industries, so the company has hired local farmers and wheat straw providers, Tom and Stephanie Borgen as managers.  They will be developing partnerships with other growers to match supply with demand. MORE 
The National Corn Growers Association participated in Infrastructure Week, joining many other groups to point out the importance of the nation's inland waterways. More than 60 percent of U.S. grain exports are moved by barge, making waterways of vital importance to agriculture. Farmers depend on the system to deliver crops to the global marketplace, and businesses rely on the rivers to bring products like fertilizer to the farm. MORE 

The ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference attracts nearly 3,000 agribusiness leaders from 71 different countries to take in the latest in agriculture, science and technology. Lexington, Kentucky is the home of Alltech and this year's symposium is focused on #ONEBigIdea. It's all about creation and innovation. Attendees are able to engage and interact with mind-expanding visionaries from across the globe.  MORE

Listen to audio here.

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. "I've been involved with precision ag for over 20 years and just having satellite images so you can see what's going on, that really is a tremendous value," says Milby, GROWMARK's executive director for agronomy marketing, who explains that the Climate FieldView suite of products offers three different tiers - Prime, Plus and Pro. MORE


The latest edition of I AM USFRA features Brad Greenway of Mitchell, South Dakota who owns a wean-to-finish operation that markets 6,400 hogs annually. He also raises corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on 1,700 acres, and is proud to be able to serve as vice chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to represent the National Pork Board.MORE



U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, held a hearing on the U.S. livestock and poultry sectors, titled "A Review of the U.S. Livestock and Poultry Sectors: Marketplace Opportunities and Challenges." It has been five years since a hearing like this has taken place. Farmers and ranchers across the country took part in the event. MORE 

The future of farming was the center of discussion at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference and their is no future of farming if younger generations aren't interested in it. Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for Alltech, Dr. Karl Dawson, has taken on the challenge of making education exciting throughout animal agriculture, which he believes will be the driving force in training tomorrow's ag leaders. MORE



Several of the lecture sessions during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference centered around opportunities and innovations pertaining to animal health and nutrition, and many offered unique perspectives on ways to overcome the many challenges facing those fields. MORE

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