Special ZimmCast With Diane Johnson, ED For LPC

Chuck Zimmerman

Agricultural Media SummitI’m here in Milwaukee now. Nice breeze coming in off the lake. Downtown is busy because it’s Germanfest. I thought it was Germanfest here every weekend. Actually I think it is for some people.

For those of you who aren’t coming I think you should listen to my interview with Diane Johnson, Executive Director for the Livestock Publications Council. Diane is one of the main coordinators for this event and she’s probably very stressed out right now since it kicks off the day after tomorrow. Maybe she’s not stressed out. I don’t know. I’m not. I’m enjoying a Leinenkugel Honey Weiss while typing on the keyboard!

You can listen to my interview with Diane here Download MP3 File (6.2MB)

Ag Media Summit, Audio, Publication

Complete ABM Agri Council Study To Be Released At AMS

Chuck Zimmerman

ABM Agri CouncilThis is going to be my last post until I’m in Milwaukee. That’s because I’m driving and will be most of tomorrow. So I thought I’d get in one last post about the Ag Media Summit. One of the 3 main organizing groups, the American Business Media Agri Council, will be presenting the complete results of their media usage study next Tuesday. We pointed you to it recently and the webcast just touched on the highlights. I’ll try to get more details to provide you next week.

Until then, I hope you enjoy some of the interviews we’ve recently posted relating to the AMS & ARC meetings:

Jeri Omernik
Susan Davis
David Markey

Ag Media Summit, Media, Publication

Special ZimmCast With IFAJ President From Ireland

Chuck Zimmerman

International Federation of Agricultural JournalistsI hope you like an Irish accent because you’ll get one in this special edition ZimmCast. The president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists is David Markey. He’s CEO of IFP Media in Dublin, Ireland and he’s my guest in this interview program. He’s also presenting at the Agricultural Media Summit that gets underway this weekend. I caught up with him in his office and I think you’ll enjoy hearing him talk about IFAJ and why it’s good for us to get together and trade information from around the world.

You can listen to my interview with David here Download MP3 File (5.9MB)

Pioneer Hi-BredAgWired reports on IFAJ Congress 2005 are sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred.

Ag Media Summit, Audio, IFAJ, ZimmCast

New Dupont Advisory Board Member

Chuck Zimmerman

DupontWhen you’re an international company you should have an international advisory board shouldn’t you?

DuPont Announces New Biotechnology Advisory Panel Member

WILMINGTON, Del., July 28 – DuPont today announced the addition of Mr. Chebet Maikut to its external Biotechnology Advisory Panel. Mr. Maikut is the president of the Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE), one of the largest farmer organizations in Uganda. He joins the ranks of seven other distinguished panel members who bring important and diverse viewpoints to the broad area of biotechnology and its application in agriculture, food and bio-based materials.

“Chebet Maikut’s knowledge of African agriculture will provide valuable insight into biotechnology policy and acceptance from the perspective of a developing country and market,” said DuPont Chairman and CEO Charles O. Holliday, Jr. “He brings a strong voice that represents both African opinions on biotechnology as well as prospective customer segments in this emerging market.”

For more information contact Desiree Fletcher-Hayes for DuPont, +1-515-334-6768.


Can’t We All Just Get Along

Chuck Zimmerman

World Trade OrganizationThe DG for the WTO is getting more serious about trying to push countries into a cooperative mode so something will be accomplished in Hong Kong. Can you do that with trade negotiators?

Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, in his final report as Trade Negotiations Committee Chairman, said on 28 July 2005 that achieving a successful Ministerial Conference this December is still possible provided members dedicate themselves to “a politically engaged, results oriented, decision making mode of operation immediately after the (summer) recess”. He said that as he prepares to step down as Chair, he wished to remind members that the negotiations “must be a means of improving economic opportunities and helping to fulfil the hope of development… (and thus) problems in the negotiations cannot be allowed to defeat us”.

You can find the full report here: Trade Report


University of Minnesota Partners With PMN

Chuck Zimmerman

Plant Management NetworkIt’s always good to partner with a university when you can.

University of Minnesota Partners with the Plant Management Network

St. Paul, Minn. (July 25, 2005) The Plant Management Network (PMN), an innovative website designed for plant and agricultural professionals, is pleased to welcome the University of Minnesota as its 25th university partner.

“This partnership will greatly enhance our research, education and extension missions by providing an excellent image database, access to four science-based applied research journals, and links to numerous fact sheets, web-based agricultural resources, and field trial publications,” said Nancy Ehlke, Professor and Head of the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota.

For more information contact Joan Quam, Phone: +1.651.454.7250.


Most Producers Approve Beef Checkoff

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattlemen's Beef BoardEventhough 72% of producers approve of the Checkoff, even more (74%) believe it has contributed to the positive growth in demand for beef. I wonder what happened to those other 2%. They don’t like growth?

MORE THAN SEVEN OF 10 BEEF PRODUCERS APPROVE OF BEEF CHECKOFF – Survey Shows Strong Recognition of Checkoff’s Positive Results

DENVER (July 28, 2005) – Beef producers continue to voice support for the national Beef Checkoff Program, according to a recently completed independent survey. Seventy-two percent said they either strongly approve or somewhat approve of the program. That’s up from 70 percent in July 2004 and on par with a 10-year high of 73 percent in January 2005.

The telephone survey was conducted for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by Aspen Media and Market Research, Boulder, Colo., between June 26, 2005 and July 9, 2005. Similar research is conducted every six months to determine the level of producer support for, and concerns about the Beef Checkoff Program and its efforts to increase consumer demand for beef.

For more information contact Diane Henderson or Joe Schuele.

Ag Group, Beef

Rural Nebraska Is High Speed Internet Connected

Chuck Zimmerman

Technologies Across NebraskaImagine that 100 % of the people in Nebraska have broadband internet access available to them! No way you say? You’re wrong. It’s here and in a state that I’d bet you wouldn’t think it. This is a long post but I think this is fascinating. To get to the 100 % you have to figure in satellite but without it this document says that 57 % of rural Nebraska has it. That’s up 15 % in just one year! This information was put out by University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension. I have to believe without doing some research that you’ll find initiatives like this across the country. It’s a “wired” world folks. By that I mean connected to the internet. Resistance is futile.

Broadband coverage in Nebraska becoming more broad – Rural areas see highest growth
By Eric Carstenson, President, Nebraska Telecommunications Association

Nebraska’s privately owned telecommunications companies continued their rapid deployment of broadband across Nebraska in the past year with the highest percentage of growth coming to rural areas of the state. Eighty-two private businesses in Nebraska now provide local loop Broadband Access transport. The current deployment places Nebraska as a leading state – if not the leader – in the percentage of a state’s population with the availability to connect to a Broadband Internet service. The type of transport provided by these 82 two companies in decreasing order is: DSL (Digital Subscriber Loop on fiber and or copper), wireless, cable modems and fiber to the (home) premises.

The percentage of availability of Broadband Internet Transport for the entire population of the state moved from 85 percent in the 2004 survey done by the Nebraska Information Network to 90 percent in the recently completed survey performed by the Nebraska Information Network (NIN).

Rural access grew to 57 percent from the 42 percent figure in early 2004 – a 15 percent increase in just one year. “Rural” is defined as anyone living outside the city limits of any size community. This shows that private companies are investing a great deal in building rural networks to being the technology capabilities necessary for economic growth and meeting consumer needs. The urban access to broadband was 99.3 percent. “Urban” is defined in the NIN survey as anyone living within the city limits of any size community.

The largest community or population center in Nebraska, as defined by the census bureau, that does not have local loop broadband transport available for Internet use has a population of 257 people, except for one community now in negotiations with a private provider. Many of the relatively few towns in the 300 or less population size who do not have broadband access today will have access by the end of 2005. And if we include broadband access by satellite, 100 percent of Nebraska’s population has broadband access available to them if they want to subscribe. Satellite service by a company called Wild Blue is becoming available as early as this summer with both the up-stream and down-stream data flow being handled directly by the satellites.

Agribusiness, Internet