Secretary Ed Schafer’s Commodity Classic Speech

Chuck Zimmerman

Our Secretary of Agriculture made an appearance here at Commodity Classic. He took the stage after we heard from political analyst Charlie Cook who provided a pretty clear analysis of where we’re at with the Presidential campaign. I like the way session moderator John Phipps, U. S. Farm Report, described our Secretary as the “closer” following up on the work …

Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Government, New Holland, USDA

Tom Dorr at National Ethanol Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Once again I got to hear our Undersecretary for Rural Development, Tom Dorr. He was first up on the program here this morning at the National Ethanol Conference to speak about the farm bill and focus on renewable fuel policies and provisions. He says the ethanol industry is going through some growing pains, or put another way, transitional challenges. He’s …

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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America

Chuck Zimmerman

That’s the title on a new joint website of the Federal Communications Commission and USDA Rural Development. Pretty soon we won’t see any disparity in rural vs. urban broadband accessibility. “Broadband technology is a key driver of economic growth. The ability to share increasing amounts of information, at greater and greater speeds, increases productivity, facilitates interstate commerce, and helps drive …

Government, Internet, USDA

Baxter Speaks Out For Ag Census

Chuck Zimmerman

You sure know Baxter Black is more than just a pretty face. He’s also a recognizable voice. I’m sure that’s why USDA had him voice a couple of psa’s for their current Census of Agriculture. I realize these are meant for “broadcast” use but dare I post them on the web? Baxter PSA Number One (:60): ag-census-baxter-1.mp3 Baxter PSA Number …

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Ed Schafer Confirmed as New Secretary of Agriculture

Chuck Zimmerman

Ed Schafer got confirmed today as our new Secretary of Agriculture just in time to sit in with the Cabinet at tonight’s State of the Union speech. Here’s what President Bush had to say about it. I appreciate that the Senate today unanimously confirmed Ed Schafer to be our next Secretary of Agriculture. As a two-term governor and business leader, …

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InfoFarm – The NAL Blog

Chuck Zimmerman

Did you know the National Agricultural Library has a blog? Me either. But it does. Well, sort of. It really looks more like they’re creating individual pages that have a comment form on them. But someone’s writing and it’s all being archived. And it does have an rss feed so you can subscribe to it.

Blogging, Government, USDA

USDA MyPyramid Podcast – Almost

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA is almost podcasting on its MyPyramid website. I say almost because of this line on their podcast page: “Check back every month for a new video podcast.” Oops. That completely misses the point of podcasting which is about me watching when/where I want and being able to subscribe so I don’t have to go back to a certain web …

Podcasts, USDA, Video

Reminiscing With Brenda Curtis-Heiken

Chuck Zimmerman

This week the ZimmCast hits a milestone with episode number 150. Hard to believe I’ve been podcasting for almost 3 years. It has been a blast though as we pioneer new ways to communicate to farmers and consumers. That’s why it’s kind of fitting that this week’s program contains an interview with my good friend Brenda Curtis-Heiken, USDA Radio. Brenda …

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Ice Storm Affecting Livestock Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

Parts of the midwest got a break from the ice storm today but others had it hit them. Locally we got lots of rain today with temperatures above freezing. The USDA radio news line had a good story about how it’s affecting livestock producers who still have chores to do even when the power goes out. For example, we’ve got …

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