World Food Championships Move to Alabama

Chuck Zimmerman Leave a Comment

World Food Championships! Learning about this got my blood pumping and my mouth salivating. Best of all, it’s moving right next door to ZimmComm World Headquarters. It’s on my calendar. I want to go and blog about food competition as the fruits of our farmers provides the base for what’s cooking. It sounds like a #FoodPorn Festival doesn’t it? Here …


Sustainability Expert Defends Big Business

Lizzy Schultz Leave a Comment

Terms like local, organic, natural and sustainable dominate the marketplace, but what does it all mean? One of the most tangible examples of sustainability is the use of drastically fewer resources over time, something many areas of agriculture, especially the dairy industry, can say is true of their production methods. Regardless of this fact, many large-scale production operations face a …

Ag Group, Audio, Environment, Food, Sustainability, USFRA

#SpudNation Food Truck Chefs

Chuck Zimmerman

Bettie the Spud Nation Food Truck was unveiled in dramatic fashion last week at the 2016 Potato Expo, but while Bettie is pretty and shiny, what makes her really special is the unique potato recipes that she will be offering for spud lovers. That’s where United States Potato Board (USPB) Executive Chef Travis Howard and Chef Derek Johnson come in. …

Food, Potato, Video

Bipartisan Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes Senate

John Davis

There’s not a lot that Republicans and Democrats can agree upon, especially in this election year, but a bipartisan bill that reauthorizes vital child nutrition programs brought them together. Senate Agriculture Committee officials say the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016,” reforms and reauthorizes child nutrition programs under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bureau, Food, Government, politics

#SpudNation Throwdown Competition

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the main events at the Potato Expo in Las Vegas this week was the first SPUD NATION THROWDOWN COOK-OFF. The live competition featured the top three finalists of a nationwide recipe contest for food truck chefs and the winner was named Top Spud and with a prize of $5000. Congratulations to Bridgett Blough (pictured on the right) from …

Audio, Cooking, Food, Potato

Spud Nation Food Truck Unveiled

Chuck Zimmerman

The United States Potato Board unveiled a new program today that’s taking after the finalists of the Spud Nation Throwdown Recipe Cook-off. They all operate food trucks. Now the Potato Board does too and it’s called Spud Nation. I will get more information about the vehicle when I talk with USPB CEO Blair Richardson this afternoon. In the meantime you …

Ag Group, Food, Potato, Video

HHS & USDA Announce 2015 Dietary Guidelines

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines that encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s trusted resource for …

Ag Group, Food, USDA

Food Dialogues to Focus on Sustainability

Jamie Johansen

The Food Dialogues®: Dairy Strong Farming; for the Future panel will tackle the concept of “sustainability” and all it’s different meanings for different people. The panel, hosted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), will take place at the Dairy Strong conference from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CT on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in Madison, Wis. and will be …

Ag Group, Food, Sustainability, USFRA

International Year of the Pulses in 2016

Taylor Truckey

2016 has been declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations. Pulses are edible grain legumes – think pinto, kidney, garbanzo, lentils, and peas. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization wants the public to recognize pulses “as a primary source of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients.” “We want to increase awareness of the importance of …

Agronomy, Crop Science, Food, Vegetables

AMSA Launches

Jamie Johansen

The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) has debuted their new website, The consumer focused site provides accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy. “ is the perfect avenue to relay the research of countless meat scientists into digestible information our consumers are looking for. Targeting our audience …

Ag Group, Food, Meat