The John John Show

Chuck Zimmerman

Mike John is on the left and John Queen is on the right. Mike’s the outgoing president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and John is the incoming. The changeover takes place tomorrow. I interviewed them together this morning and asked them about the challenges they faced and will face in the cattle business. I think Mike has a future …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference

USDA Beef Checkoff Survey Results

Chuck Zimmerman

The USDA recently announced the results of a nationwide Beef Checkoff survey that they had done by the Gallup Organization. At the Beef Checkoff update session yesterday Gallup representative, Donna Kholpak, pictured here with Kenny Payne, USDA, gave a summary of the survey and answered questions. I interviewed her right before the session. She said she was personally surprised with …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference

Opening General Session

Chuck Zimmerman

The convention program was kicked into high gear yesterday with an end of the day joint presentation on stage of the Beef Board and NCBA. Several presenters gave reports on the state of the industry and how the organizations are working to address various issues like trade and consumer preferences and perceptions. Beef Board Chairman Jay O’Brien was on hand …

Audio, Cattle Industry Conference

Truffle On The ZimmCast

Chuck Zimmerman

In this week’s ZimmCast I have a conversation with Aaron Gilbertie, Truffle Media Networks. We talk about our new agreement to work together offering new media services to the agribusiness community. I’m excited about the future of online communications and the folks at Truffle share the feeling. Together we can offer more current channels of communication with our established news …

Audio, Blogging, Podcasts, ZimmCast

Iraq Wheat Harvest

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s a timely report from Paul McKellips, Global Outreach Officer, US Embassy Baghdad, The Green Room – Public Affairs GO Team. It’s almost time for Commodity Classic which will include wheat this year so finding out what’s going on with wheat production in Iraq is nice to know. It looks like seed cleaners are making all the difference in the …

Audio, Government, International, Wheat

Tale of Two Expos Part Two

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s Don Dalton, President of the U. S. Poultry & Egg Association, along with Lakeisha Futch, who’s been very helpful here in the media room. I interviewed Don a little while ago but don’t have my sync cable for my iPod with me so I’ll add the interview here later. Don gives his perspective on the co-location of the Poultry …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Shows, Poultry

From Feed Mills To Ethanol Plants

Chuck Zimmerman

The word ethanol has been used many times here at the International Poultry & Feed Expos. Often in positive terms but not always. The word was prominently displayed on the backdrop to the AGR International (password protected website?) booth so I stopped in since we do so much work for the ethanol industry. AGR International has traditionally been involved in …

Audio, Ethanol, Farm Shows, Poultry

A Tale of Two Expos

Chuck Zimmerman

The President of the American Feed Industry Association is Joel Newman. AFIA is holding their International Feed Expo here in Atlanta co-located with the International Poultry Expo for the first time I talked with Joel about why the two organizations have come together and how it’s working. It sounds very positive. Listen to my interview with Joel: poultry-expo-newman.mp3

Audio, Farm Progress Show, Poultry