Posing With The Secretary

Chuck Zimmerman

The board room here at the USDA Admin Building is a great place to have a meeting. Here’s farm broadcasters participating in the NAFB Washington Watch program. It’s a very intimate setting and besides having a mult box to plug our audio recorders into we get to ask lots of questions. I’m recording our sessions and will be editing out …

NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch, USDA

Farm Broadcasters and New Communications Technology

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s our Secretary of Agriculture speaking to the NAFB group here at their Washington Watch program a few minutes ago. You’ll notice the Macbook Pro sitting in front of him. That was streaming his remarks live on AgWired Live TV using the built-in camera and microphone. Here’s what it looked like on the Mac screen from my vantage point. You …

My Mac, NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch, USDA

Secretary of Ag Schafer on AgWired Live TV

Chuck Zimmerman

I just completed the first test of AgWired Live TV with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer, addressing members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. I didn’t have time to pre-advertise it but I did record his opening remarks which you can watch here. I think you’re going to be seeing more of the future of farm broacasting.

Government, NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch, USDA, Video

Meeting With The Secretary

Chuck Zimmerman

The NAFB Washington Watch program is about to start their visit with Secretary of Agriculture Schafer here at the USDA Admin Offices. Here’s the BARN broadcasters Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill with the Secretary. Actually they’re all filtering in to the board room now so I’ve got to go. More to come. NAFB Washington Watch Photo Album

NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch, USDA

USDA FSIS Begins Podcasting

Chuck Zimmerman

Podcasting is becoming more mainstream all the time. Now USDA’s FSIS is using this great new media communications tool. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today launched a series of educational podcasts tailored to address food safety and education issues for consumers and other stakeholders. As a part of the Agency’s ongoing outreach efforts …

Government, Podcasts, USDA

More High Speed in Rural America

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA Rural Development is at it again, helping bring AgWired to rural America in high speed (as well as all ZimmComm online communications projects). Thank you Sec. Dorr for all you do! SDA Rural Development Under Secretary Thomas C. Dorr today announced that Open Range Communications, headquartered in Denver, Colo., has been approved to receive a $267 million loan from …

Government, Internet, USDA

Egg Board Members Appointed

Melissa Sandfort

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has appointed nine members and nine alternates to the American Egg Board for the 2008-2009 term. All members and alternates will serve 2-year terms. The board administers an egg research and promotion program authorized by the Egg Research and Consumer Information Act of 1974. The board is composed of 18 members and 18 alternates representing six …

Ag Group, Government, USDA

Secretary Schafer Press Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

After his speech Secretary Schafer met up with the press near the media room. You might find this more interesting than his speech since he gets to respond to specific questions. He fielded quite a few relating to the recent meat recall and made the point over and over that “the rules will be followed.” He said that although he …

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

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 …

Audio, Ethanol, Government, USDA