Ag Secretary Vilsack Addresses NFU

Cindy Zimmerman

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack started his first full week of work Monday addressing the National Farmers Union’s virtual convention, the first of many appearances he will likely be making to agricultural organizations. As secretary under the Obama Administration for eight years, Vilsack made an effort to attend as many agriculture and biofuel related events as possible each year. NFU …

Ag Groups, Audio, USDA

Preview of the 57th CIRB Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is holding its virtual 2021 CIRB Annual meeting tomorrow February 4, hosted on Zoom. CIRB’s 57th Annual Meeting will feature distinguished speakers, such as Dr. John Newton from American Farm Bureau Federation and Jim Wiesemeyer from Pro Farmer, to provide updates for the crop insurance industry. You can find the agenda here. A virtual …

Ag Groups, Audio, Insurance, Virtual

AEM Releases Precision Agriculture Study

Chuck Zimmerman

As the use of precision agriculture techniques and technology grows, so do the benefits to the the environment. Here’s a new study showing those benefits. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the American Soybean Association, CropLife America, and National Corn Growers Association, released a study quantifying how widely available precision agriculture technology improves environmental stewardship while providing …

Ag Groups, Precision Agriculture

ZimmCast 664 – Beltwide & Biodiesel Conferences

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’ll hear interviews from the Beltwide and Biodiesel conferences that took place virtually this month. You can find a lot more interviews and session audio from these events in our virtual newsrooms for them on AgNewsWire.com. Before sharing a couple of interviews that Cindy and I did I just wanted …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Audio, Beltwide Cotton, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Cotton, Energy, National Biodiesel Conference, ZimmCast

Merry Christmas from the Pork Checkoff

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a message from CEO Bill Even about how the Pork Checkoff is taking lessons learned in 2020 to prepare the industry for the future. While 2020 has been far from what any of us could have imagined, as we begin the holiday season we are optimistic about what is in store for 2021. We will continue to leverage all …

Ag Groups, Pork Checkoff, Video

Agricultural Leaders Release Roadmap for Trade

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual press conference Tuesday to release a new report on the challenges and solutions for American agriculture on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The report is the culmination of a series of discussions across rural America with farmers, ag leaders and related industries including manufacturing and food producers and distributors. The report, organized …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Corn, Dairy, Pork, Trade

ZimmCast 661 – Going Virtual with ARA in 2020

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. The Agricultural Retailers Association annual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo went virtual this year Dec. 1-2. Ag professionals from across the country went “All In For Ag Retail” with interactive workshops, engaging networking opportunities, and a 3D Expo Hall. During the event the ZimmComm Team collected relevant screenshots, conducted interviews with speakers, award winners and …

Ag Groups, ag retailers, Audio, Virtual, ZimmCast

ZimmCast 660 – Interviews from Virtual 2020 NAFB

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program Cindy and I share excerpts from interviews we recorded for the NAFB virtual convention. Some of these were before the convention so that they could be used in their virtual booth during Trade Talk. And some of them we recorded during the session. Included are now past NAFB President, Rita …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, Audio, NAFB, ZimmCast

AMS Session Features Farm Policy Experts

Cindy Zimmerman

Three agricultural policy experts with a combined century of experience took a look at the Post-Election Farm Road during the Ag Media Summit yesterday. Mary Kay Thatcher of Syngenta, who could arguably be called the Queen of Farm Policy with a prior 30 years with American Farm Bureau Federation, was joined by National Association of Wheat Growers Chief Executive Officer …

Ag Groups, Ag Media Summit, Agribusiness, Audio, Farm Policy, Syngenta

Ag Climate Alliance Unveils Policy Recommendations

Cindy Zimmerman

A diverse alliance of groups representing farming, forestry, food, government and environment today unveiled a set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy. The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that now co-chair the alliance: American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and National …

AFBF, Ag Groups, Audio, climate, Environment