Zimfo Bites

Melissa Sandfort

AgraGate Climate Credits Corp. is now accepting applications for a new, five-year carbon credits contract that includes a bonus option for a sixth year for qualified land. The 2008-2012 contract is for cropland farmed with continuous no-tillage or strip-tillage practices, or with new grass plantings since Jan. 1, 1999. The contract also has a bonus provision for operators who used …

Zimfo Bytes

Egg Cocktails

Laura McNamara

Eggs are not just for Nog for the experts at the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. The organization says there are numerous options for egg-based cocktails and the “cracked creations” are perfect for the holiday season. This holiday season and beyond, a classic cocktail renaissance is inspiring the modern bartender to revisit a long-lost ingredient: the raw egg. …

Food

Trimming the Pork

Laura McNamara

Pork belongs on pig farms or on the dinner table, but, for many taxpayers, pork doesn’t belong in politics. A new blog called The Swine Line is using your average farm animal as a star mascot for fighting “political pork.” Check out these videos from the organization that describes itself as “America’s #1 taxpayer watchdog.” Oh yea, actor Kiefer Sutherland, …

Advertising, Government, Pork, Video

Share Your Holiday Party Pics, Audio and Video

Chuck Zimmerman

Since it’s holiday party time this week’s program contains the interview I did with Illinois, Leigh Ann and Kelly at BCS Communications during their annual party. If you’re having a party please send me pictures, audio or video to share with the rest of the agricultural marketing world. BCS Communications is in its 5th year and as you’ll hear the …

Agency, Audio, ZimmCast

Get Ready For Ag Day Now

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s not too early to be looking ahead to spring and National Ag Day. Materials are ready for you to start planning your projects to celebrate this annual event. What Is Ag Day? It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless other across America join …

Ag Group

Chris Connelly New USDA Comm Director

Chuck Zimmerman

The USDA has a new Director of Communications and he’s Chris Connelly. Connelly replaces Terri Teuber Moore, who has been named the Deputy Director of Communications for Policy and Planning at the White House. “Chris Connelly brings broad experience in management and public policy communications, a shared belief in the importance of transparency and a commitment to continuing this department’s …

Government, USDA

Watermelon Promotion Board Members Appointed

Melissa Sandfort

Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner appointed six producer and six handler members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Two producer members have been reappointed for a second term, and four new producer and six new handler members have been appointed to serve on the board for the next three-year term of office beginning Jan. 1, 2008, and ending …

Agribusiness, USDA

Happy Holidays From BCS

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ve been on the road today and wound up at the BCS Communications holiday party. Here’s the 3 amigos with Santa outside their office where the party is in full swing. We’ve got multiple inflatable holiday characters arranged around and on the building. One of them kind of deflated but thanks to the local fire department they’re back to full …

Agency, Video

Zimfo Bites

Melissa Sandfort

Bayer CropScience AG, Mertec LLC and M.S. Technologies LLC announced that they have entered into a long-term collaboration agreement to jointly develop and commercialize several innovative trait technology products in soybeans. Under this agreement Bayer CropScience and M.S. Technologies will combine proprietary technologies and will make them available for insertion into high-yielding elite germplasm contributed by Mertec LLC. The agreement …

Zimfo Bytes

Gatorade Inventor Passes Away

Chuck Zimmerman

I was saddened to learn just now that the inventor of Gatorade died earlier today. He’s Dr. Cade and for us Gators he’s meant a lot. From a story on Reuters: The retired Florida professor who invented Gatorade, the hydrating drink that created a multibillion-dollar sports beverage market, died on Tuesday at age 80, the University of Florida said. Dr. …

Food