Welcome Amanda Nolz to AgWired

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome Amanda Nolz to the AgWired family. Amanda will be posting regularly on AgWired during her final semester at South Dakota State University. She’s an ag comm major with a higher gpa than I graduated with! I met Amanda when she was a National Beef Ambassador. She’s passionate about her farm and her animals and you can get a sense …

Blogging, University

Blogger Buzz

Amanda Nolz

Earlier this week, I wrote about Obama signing HR 2997 into law, another emergency stimulus package that, this time, could assist dairy producers. I was checking the news yesterday, when I came across this blog post about my blog post. Oh, how fun blogger buzz can be! Here is the post that was on KELO by Madville Times (who isn’t …

Blogging, Government


Chuck Zimmerman, president of ZimmComm New Media. Chuck has been a farm broadcaster and ag journalist in the southeast and Midwest since 1983. He is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, American Agricultural Editors Association, Livestock Publications Council, International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and National Press Photographers Association. Cindy Zimmerman, vice president of ZimmComm …

Developing The Brand

Amanda Nolz

Since I have returned to my family’s cattle operation, I’ve quickly been put in charge of all marketing efforts. For the fair, I developed a brochure about our business, as well as designed stall cards to display information about our cattle. My next task is improving our website (it’s in need of dire help), and starting up a newsletter for …

Advertising, Public Relations

What’s Your Definition of Cowboy?

Amanda Nolz

Everyone has a different idea of who or what a cowboy is. While most definitions vary widely, there is one thing that they all have in common: pride in American agriculture and dedication to get the job done right. Recently, I ran across an article titled, “Who Cares About Cowboys Anymore?” and it discussed how the average American consumer doesn’t …

Media, Rural Lifestyle

Cattle Industry Summer Conference Kicks Off

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s Cattle Industry Summer Conference week in Denver and Amanda Nolz is on the ground doing some Beef Board blogging for us. Cindy just arrived at the airport from the Southern Peanut Growers Conference and yours truly is getting better from pneumonia or he’d be in Mexico with the United Soybean Board. Busy week. Here’s Amanda’s first interview from the …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference

Off to the “Real World”

Amanda Nolz

Well, as of this past weekend, I’m now a proud graduate of South Dakota State University. It’s a crazy feeling to know that my college years are over, and I’m now making the transition into the “real world.” It’s been said, time and time again, that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. …


A Missed Opportunity

Amanda Nolz

Apparently, I need better watchdogs. While I spend a lot of time scouring the internet and combating online misconceptions and issues pertaining to agriculture and food production, I sometimes will miss a situation happening right under my nose. A friend of mine brought this flier to me yesterday. This flier about reducing your carbon footprint was hung in the Student …


Update at 3 Strikes Ranch

Amanda Nolz

Without a doubt, my past post on the 3 Strikes Ranch incident created an incredibly heated discussion from both animal rights supporters and animal welfare advocates. The mistreatment of animal wasn’t the only topic discusses as readers debated horse slaughter, the secret agenda of HSUS and how the horses were treated after the owner was placed into custody. I promised …

Animal Health