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

The Ceramic Egg Layer

Chuck Zimmerman

These eggs aren’t good for an omelet but they sure look pretty. Mike Ryan’s company, Clay Concepts, specializes in making ceramic eggs and this is his first time at the International Poultry Expo. He says that they started out selling them to hobbyists and as decorations but found they make great nest eggs for poultry producers and great promotional items. …

Audio, Farm Shows, Poultry

A Classic Shine

Chuck Zimmerman

Shining shoes is a full time career for Ashley Skaggs who’s working out of the IC Poultry Bus booth here at the International Poultry Expo. Ashley works for Classic Shoe Shine Company which is based out of Atlanta. They do this at shows all over the world. After watching Ashley at work it was my turn to have my shoes …

Audio, Farm Shows, Poultry

Sheep Dip Tanks in Iraq

Chuck Zimmerman

The reports are coming in regularly now from Paul McKellips, Global Outreach Officer, US Embassy Baghdad, The Green Room – Public Affairs GO Team. In fact I’m a little behind getting them posted. This one is about sheep dip tanks and from the looks of this picture they dip goats too. The U.S. military is having an enormous impact on …

Audio, Government, International

Farm Podcasting in the United Kingdom Pharo Style

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmCast103 - Adrian Bell - PharoI’m just jet lagging a little bit this morning and I think you can probably hear it in my voice on this week’s ZimmCast. Bouncing back and forth across the big pond does have a cost. In this week’s program I’ve got an interview with Adrian Bell, Pharo, a full service agency in the United Kingdom with a focus on agribusiness. Adrian was a panelist at the IFAJ professional improvement seminar that took place in Berlin, Germany this past week. I think Adrian brought a very interesting perspective to the discussion as it relates to journalists working with public relations people.

Agency, Agribusiness, Audio, IFAJ, Podcasts, ZimmCast

Arab Marshlands Returning To Life

Chuck Zimmerman

Arab MarshlandsHere’s one of the latest reports from Paul McKellips, Global Outreach Officer, US Embassy Baghdad, The Green Room – Public Affairs GO Team. Like a lot of what Paul is finding out, there’s way more good going on in Iraq than our mainstream media would like you to think. I guess that re-building an agricultural industry isn’t juicy news but I think it is.

Audio, Government, International

National Corn Marketer

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmCast102 - Fred Stemme, NCGAThe National Corn Growers Association is familiar to just about everyone in agriculture but how many of you know how their marketing department works? To find out what they do there in St. Louis I dropped in and spoke with NCGA Vice President of Marketing, Fred Stemme. Fred used to work here in mid Missouri for the Missouri Corn Growers Association before getting his job with the national organization.

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, ZimmCast

Paul McKellips is Back in Iraq

Chuck Zimmerman

Iraq Fish FarmHopefully you remember Paul McKellips, Global Outreach Officer, US Embassy Baghdad, The Green Room – Public Affairs GO Team. He’s now back in Iraq and finding the good news behind the scenes that you’re not going to hear or see on the evening news, although you should. So here’s his latest report.

Audio, Government, International