Learn More About The Recent Changes In NAFB In The Latest ZimmCast

Chuck Zimmerman

In our ZimmCast this week I interview Gene Millard, Executive Director, National Association of Farm Broadcasters, while at the NAMA convention. Gene describes the structural changes to NAFB and what they mean to the future of the organization.

You can listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast

The current edition of ZimmCast is always available in our “Audio Programming” sidebar.

Audio, NAFB, ZimmCast

Mmm Mmm Ancho Chile Braised Pork Belly

Chuck Zimmerman

You know I was a judge in the Pork BarbeQlossal once. I would like to make a living getting paid to eat and judge. It was in Indianapolis a few years back. We were cautioned about eating too much during the judging so we didn’t get too full. I paced myself and I was hungry enough at the end to sample all the leftovers too!

Maybe I’ll be invited to judge the Taste of Elegance someday? This just in from the National Pork Board.

Glenn Soulia Wins Checkoff’s Taste of EleganceTM Contest

Glenn Soulia, a chef from The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michael, MD, won top honors in the 16th annual national Taste of Elegance contest April 18 in Orlando, Fla. The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 19 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance contests.

Glenn earned Chef Par Excellence honors, which include $5,000 and a trip to J. Lohr Wines in San Jose, Calif. with Ancho Chile Braised Pork Belly.

For more information contact Cindy Cunningham.

Ag Group

New Energy Legislation In Congress The Topic of CornTalk

Chuck Zimmerman

This week in CornTalk, our interview program with the Missouri Corn Growers Association, Cindy speaks with MCGA board member, Brent Rockhold, about the latest energy legislation in congress and what’s next in the process.

You can listen to this week’s report here: CornTalk

The current edition of CornTalk is always available in our “Audio Programming” sidebar.

Ag Group, Audio, CornTalk

Dow AgroSciences Recommends Early Treatment For Weeds

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest Talking News Release from Dow AgroSciences on controlling weeds early in herbicide tolerant corn.

Dow AgroScience Logo

Controlling Weeds Early in Herbicide-Tolerant Corn Protects Yields, Profits

INDIANAPOLIS, April 22, 2005 – With more corn acres being planted to herbicide-tolerant varieties, many producers are trying to shift their weed control programs to a risky post-only approach.

However, that approach leaves producers relying on ideal weather and field conditions – something they have no control over –to make timely herbicide applications.

Bruce Maddy, product technology specialist for Dow AgroSciences, says that last season many corn growers in the Upper Midwest faced a wet spring that kept sprayers out of fields when herbicide needed to be applied. That delay gave weeds a competitive advantage over corn that led to yield declines.

You can download the full release here: Dow AgroScience Early Weed Control

For more information contact Darrell Bruggink.

Agribusiness, Audio, Talking News Release

Bayer Offers Suggestions For Better Quality Wheat

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest Talking News Release from Bayer CropScience.

Bayer CropScience Logo

Experts Find Fungicides Best for Reducing Scab and DON

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 25, 2005) –The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is very true when it comes to fighting Fusarium head blight or scab in wheat, according to millers and crop consultants in the mid-Mississippi Valley region.

Carl Schwinke (shwin-kee) is vice president of grain supply for Siemer (see-mer) Milling Company in Teutopolis (Too-top-o-lis), Illinois. He says there are benefits for both growers and millers when wheat is treated preventively with a fungicide.

You can download the full release here: Bayer CropScience Fungicides

For more information contact Charlie Hale or Steve Mercer.

Agribusiness, Audio, Talking News Release

Maybe You’ll Submit The New AgriMarketing Pros Tagline?

Chuck Zimmerman

Okay all you creative types out there. Here’s a chance to help out a young agrimarketing firm with the chance that there might be a reward. No promises at this point.

AgriMarketing Pros is about to go through a facelift. We’ll have a new skin and with the change we want to update our tagline. We’re really excited about our new design since we’ve been able to employ one of the premier web design artists to work on it. He’s never done anything “ag” before and we really like the drafts we’ve seen.

The tagline “Let your PR speak for itself” was a trasition from our Talking News Release tagline, which was “Let your news release speak for itself.”

We think AgriMarketing Pros has evolved and is focusing on all aspects of agriculture and marketing including media and communications in general. As agrimarketing professionals we should be looking at what people are doing in other industries so at times you’ll see us write about things that aren’t strictly ag but which we think have an ag application.

We’re looking for that tagline that helps explain what we are. What do you think we are?

If you’ll submit your ideas by email or through the comment feature I’ll collect them and put them in the “hopper.” We need to make a decision on this by the end of next week.

We really appreciate any ideas you have. If someone submits the winning idea we’ll come up with a reward. We promise.

And no, it won’t be an “I’ve been blogged” t-shirt!

Blogging, General

Eat A Little Seafood – Plan A NAMA Chapter

Chuck Zimmerman

The Gateway NAMA Chapter leaders (some of them anyway) met for lunch today to begin planning for next year. It was a lunch meeting at Bristol’s in St. Louis. Good seafood. I’m getting ready to go work it off at the gym.

Our waitress was kind enough to snap a photo.

Gateway NAMA Board Planning

From left to right you’ll see Joyce Koranda, Brighton, Chris Leulf, Brighton, Sue Derscheid, American Soybean Association, Becky Rasmussen, National Christmas Tree Association, Maria Findley, Rabo Finance and yours truly.

Our meeting was to begin the planning process for our new officer’s slate and programs for the coming year. I’m sure all chapters are just beginning to think this through!


In Case Your Customers And Competitor Have Figured Blogging Out And You Haven’t

Chuck Zimmerman

I’ve been meaning to alert you to the latest edition of BusinessWeek magazine since I subscribe to their alerts but it took a friendly email from a friend to remind me to get it done. There are a couple of articles on blogging that are worth looking at, especially if you still wonder if it has business applications.

Six Tips For Corporate Bloggers

Blogs Will Change Your Business

I saw real keen interest in blogging while attending the latest NAMA convention and hope it’ll be a seminar topic next year (hint to 2006 convention program committee!!).

I got a call today from the Midlands NAMA Chapter and agreed to make a May meeting presentation. It’s planned for May 17 at the Quarry Oaks golf course at 3pm. I hope you can attend.

If your NAMA chapter would like to have a presentation on Blogging 101 please contact me for scheduling!


AGCO Wants You To Check Sprayer Ability To Handle Rust Applications Before Buying

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the latest in the AGCO series of Talking News Releases. Paul Haefner urges growers to consider how well sprayers will hold up to soybean rust applications before buying.


Check Ability of Sprayer to Handle Soybean Rust Challenges Before You Buy

DULUTH, GA – April 18, 2005 – As concerns mount about a possible fast-moving outbreak of Asian Soybean Rust, the market for new and used sprayers is heating up. Growers in the market for a sprayer should know the facts about spraying fungicides before buy, according to Paul Haefner (HAYF-ner), sales engineer for the Ag Chem, a division of AGCO.

You can download the full release here: AGCO Pre-Season Sprayer

For more information contact Lisa Sherman.

AGCO, Agribusiness, Audio, Talking News Release

MBIC Report Focuses On New USDA Food Guidance System

Chuck Zimmerman

Due to the NAMA convention this week’s MBIC Report is posted a little late. In this week’s program from the Missouri Beef Industry Council, Cindy spoke with Teri Jo Oetting, nutrition director, about the new USDA food guidance system from the perspective of a dietitian.

You can listen to the report here: MBIC Report

The most recent MBIC Report is always available in our “Audio Programming” sidebar. It’s set up as a podcast too, so you can subscribe to it. For more information on how, look at our FAQ’s page.

Audio, MBIC Report, Podcasting