ZimmCast 611 – National Ag Day

Chuck Zimmerman

This week’s program focuses on National Ag Day activities in our nation’s Capitol. In the program you’ll hear from Senator Pat Roberts who made remarks during the Celebration of American Agriculture reception. I also interviewed Isabella Chism, American Farm Bureau Federation, who is the Chair for National Ag Day.  Next up is USDA Deputy Secretary, Steve Censky, who spoke prior …

ABEF, Ag Day, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, USDA, ZimmCast

Highest NAMA Conference Attendance Since 2000

Chuck Zimmerman

It was a chilly day to be out golfing yesterday but the ABEF golf tournament still went on. First place golfers included Les Kahl, AdFarm; Roger Reierson, AdFarm; and Bill Vaughn, Merck. We’ve got 1,248 agrimarketers and students from across the country forging new frontiers within the agricultural industry. This is the highest attended conference since 2000! 2013 Agri-Marketing Conference …


Thornton Promoted at AFBF

Chuck Zimmerman

Congratulations to our good buddy Mace Thornton. He’s just been named Executive Director of Communications for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Here’s Mace at last year’s Agricultural Relations Council meeting. Mace just turned that gavel over at this year’s meeting. Mace will implement AFBF’s communications strategies, manage the Communications Department and staff, and help lead AFBF as a member of …

ABEF, Ag Group

Monsanto’s Major Commitment to NAMA and ABEF

Melissa Sandfort

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce that Monsanto has committed $10,000 a year, over the next three years, to both NAMA and ABEF. The company will become a Sustaining Partner with NAMA and will be the primary sponsor of the ABEF Student Competition. “Monsanto is committed to sustainable agriculture,” said Gary Sakin, Monsanto Marketing Communications Lead. “That …

ABEF, Agribusiness, Monsanto, NAMA

A Wall of Wine to the Winner

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s some incentive to support the National Agri-Marketing Association’s Agribusiness Educational Foundation. How about a chance to win a wall of wine! I’ll be donating a nice chianti to the wall btw. Join the ABEF Century Club and Get Entered to Win a Wall of Wine The ABEF Century Club provides us, as individuals, the opportunity to contribute to this …

ABEF, Ag Group, NAMA

Submit Your Farm or Ranch To Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is expanding the articles and videos featuring century farms via their interactive website, Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage. Century farms are those farms that have been in operation under the same family for more than 100 years. Appropriately named “Agriculture’s Lasting Heritage,” this website tells the story of American farm and ranch families who have …

ABEF, Farming

Kruse Receives AFBF Distinguished Service Award

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation Monday presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, to former Missouri Farm Bureau President Charles Kruse. “This is a tremendous honor to receive this award,” Kruse said, accepting the award from AFBF president Bob Stallman on stage at the 93rd annual meeting with his wife Pam and current Missouri Farm Bureau president …

ABEF, Audio

NAMA ABEF Supporting New Agrimarketers

Chuck Zimmerman

There are many reasons to support the National Agri-Marketing Association’s Agribusiness Educational Foundation. In this chapter of my series of interviews with ABEF operational committee members we’ll hear why Sheri Seger, DTN/The Progressive Farmer, is a big supporter. Sheri is national accounts manager for the company. I visited with her at a recent stop on the agriblogging highway. Sheri says …


Ag Media Summit Update From USFRA

Chuck Zimmerman

One of our sessions at the Ag Media Summit is titled, “Of course our food is safe,” says modern ag – But is anybody listening? The presentation was made by leadership members of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. The Chairman is Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation, seen at the podium. I visited with him before the session started. …

ABEF, Ag Group, Ag Media Summit, Audio, USFRA