World Ag Forum Seeks Key To Peace, Security and Growth

Chuck Zimmerman

The World Agricultural Forum gets started today in St. Louis but I’m going to miss it this year. I’ll try to have some images and information sent to me so I can update you on what the discussions are like. The theme this year is “The Key to Peace, Security and Growth: Local, Regional AND Global Agri-Food Systems.”

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World Agricultural Forum CEO, Leonard Guarraia, has put together another list of very interesting representatives from a variety of countries. You can see the program here: World Agricultural Forum Program

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Latest ZimmCast From A Very Small Room At BCS In KC, MO

Chuck Zimmerman

BCS Moose

In our ZimmCast this week I interview the three principals of BCS in Kansas City. Illinois Blasdel, Leigh Ann Cleaver and Kelly Schwalbe hosted an agency open house last week. I just wish I could have stayed for the whole party but that would have meant getting a hotel room and I had to get back home. You can look at the comments from my first post about the open house last week to find out how long the party actually lasted!

You can listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast

BCS Logo

Only one person has responded so far about who owns the motorcycle in the picture I posted last week. She’s already got a T-shirt so I’m hoping for at least one more entry!

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

Agency, Audio, ZimmCast

Looking Forward To Switzerland

Chuck Zimmerman

I just got a bunch of information from the people handling the upcoming International Federation of Agricultural Journalists meeting in Thun, Switzerland. Now if I could just find that sponsor to help cover the final expenses of the trip . . .

Thun Switzerland

This is going to be a great trip and a long one. I’ll be blogging my way from central Missouri there and back. I am actually seeking a sponsor to cover primarily travel expenses. Cindy will be going with me on this one too!

If you would like to discuss a sponsorship please let me know. Since we don’t sell advertising at present I’m going to make sure that the posts I do related to this trip contain a reference to our sponsor(s). A sponsorship package will include Talking News Release service so we’ll make it very worthwhile. Just let me know.

Blogging, IFAJ

House Ag Committee Dems Blogging

Chuck Zimmerman

The House Ag Committee Democrats get it! Yep, Congressman Colin Peterson kicked it off. They’re blogging! Earlier this week I was contacted by their press secretary by email to discuss blogging and am looking forward to talking about it with her.

Just one more example of how such a great communication technique can be put to use.

House Ag Committee Democrats

Plowing the Hill…

Date: May 12, 2005

Today, we launch the House Agriculture Committee Democrats’ website. I hope that the information and features on this website will be helpful and informative for people who are interested in news on American agricultural policy.

One of the many features of this website is this blog that I and other Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee will use to communicate regularly with website visitors. The blog provides a forum for us to discuss new and ongoing issues of importance to agriculture.

I hope that you will take some time to look at all of the information that our website has to offer. Also, come back to our site often to read the latest on our blog and to check out new features that will be coming soon.

Don’t forget to sign up for news updates and information from the Agriculture Committee Democrats using the form on the main page.

Posted by: Congressman Collin C. Peterson | Feedback

My feedback Congressman is “blog on!”

Blogging, Government

Support Corn, Eat Beef & Pork

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s an item from the Illinois Corn Growers Daily Corn Industry Update that I just had to post and agree with. I like to say that I love soybeans and corn, especially after they’ve been processed by a tasty animal! It’s good to see corn growers openly acknowledging this. I know the soybean folks do and even have a special animal ag initiative.

So support corn growers and eat your beef and pork!

Illinois Corn Industry Update

May 12 – CORN GROWERS SEE PORK & BEEF AS GRAIN EXPORTS: Grain is one of the United States’ most important exports, but grain producers are appreciating more and more that when the United States exports beef and pork, it’s really exporting grain, according to Illinois Corn Marketing Board Executive Director Rodney Weinzierl.

U.S. corn growers, including Weinzierl, recently visited the European Union (EU), in a team put together by the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), for face-to-face meetings with EU officials, importers, traders and farmers.

Since the high-quality, mouth-watering flavor of U.S. beef and pork is mostly a product of the animals’ grain and soybean diets, in the past decade, 2.6 million bushels of corn have been exported in the value-added form of $43 billion of U.S. beef and pork exports, according to a story in the Drover Journal this week.

For more information contact Lori McCubbins.

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FFA On The Way

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s not too early to plan for the FFA Convention, October 26-29, Louisville, KY. They’ve got a website that’s chock full of information so check it out.

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Welcome to the 78th National FFA Convention’s
Planning Guide

This convention’s focus on learning, leadership and success will be reinforced through an exciting array of speakers, programs, activities and workshops that offer insights and information for students and teachers alike. The interactive Agriscience Institute, which made its debut in 2003 at the Career Show will return in 2005.

As the nation’s largest annual student meeting, there is no question that the national FFA convention is a life changing experience for FFA members, inspiring them to reach for goals never considered. Advisors mark October on your calendars and start making your plans for the 78th National FFA Convention today. Remember to invite your principal, counselors, parents, alumni and sponsors so they can all experience the Blue and Gold legacy — Learn. Lead. Succeed.

For more information contact Kristy Meyer.

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Who Owns This Bike?

Chuck Zimmerman

I know who owns it. Do you? He came to the Blasdell Cleaver Schwalbe open house astride this bad boy, strutting inside pulling off his biker’s gloves. I know you know him well. The first person to comment or email me with his identity will receive a “I’ve been blogged by AgriMarketing Pros” t-shirt. (We’ll identify him in a future post)



Dave? Dave’s Here

Chuck Zimmerman

I am happy to report the whereabouts of my good friend Dave Mehlhaff. I was wondering what Dave was doing and I found him at the Blasdell Cleaver Schwalbe open house! He works there now.

As I said in the last post, it was a good party and everyone was having a good time. Hey, Illinois, I’m not a Photoshop airbrush expert so I’m sorry for the poor job I did trying to airbrush out what you were holding in this picture.

Dave Mehlhaff


New Digs For Illinois, Leigh Ann and Kelly

Chuck Zimmerman

Blasdel Cleaver Schwalbe Communications that is. The trio hosted an open house today at their new offices in Kansas City. It was a long drive over but worth it for a great party. In fact the party’s still going on but I’m back home. I wouldn’t call them early in the morning. I think the office pace will be a little slow tomorrow.


Illinois is on the left, Kelly’s on the right, you guess who’s in the middle. I didn’t put a link to their website in the beginning of this post for a reason but you’ll have to listen to next week’s ZimmCast to find out why. I interviewed all three before things got going earlier this afternoon. They’re celebrating 2 years which is a milestone.

Congratulations BCS!


What FB Thinks Of Blogs

Chuck Zimmerman

Blogging’s not for everyone and especially not for the guy who writes WebWatch for American Farm Bureau Federation. I didn’t come across this myself. It was forwarded to me and provided too good an opportunity to pass up.


You can read the full rant at the link above. It’s a rambling dialogue about blogging which doesn’t ever answer the question posed by the title “To Blog or not to blog?” Apparently the writer doesn’t really have much experience with blogs or blogging.

However, he poses a good question wondering how many farmers read blogs. I’ve addressed this subject here before. Although there’s no statistic we can point to, other studies suggest that farmers use computers and the internet pretty much like the rest of the population.

An interesting article about how Texas A&M is looking at blogging can be found here: Blogging Agricultural News

The WebWatch writer obviously doesn’t like blogs when he calls what’s written in them “dribble.” But he then tries to make a case that he’s actually blogging by writing a column a couple times a year that’s on the internet. Wrong. Not even close. Blogging is about a whole lot more than just writing an opinion and posting it on a website.

His column has no comment feature for one thing. Sure, you can email him but that defeats the comment feature purpose, which allows others to see what you write and post their own comment. Blogging allows someone to communicate very personally with others and very publicly. This is why so many company’s and organizations are looking at it. I think it’s an ideal mechanism for people involved in agricultural lobbying (hint Mr. Stallman). From a corporate standpoint it allows your customers, members and the public to get to know you better and to give you feedback.

Look at what Bob Lutz, or Alex Avery are doing.

If you really want to learn more about blogging and why you should consider it, give me a call or stop in at the Midlands NAMA meeting in Omaha next Tuesday!

A great resource of information can be found on Robert’s Echo Blog too.

Oh, and before I forget, the FB writer suggested that Keith Good, a blogger who’s been featured in one of our previous podcasts, “get out more.” That’s actually what blogging allows you to do. You can blog from anywhere. If you don’t believe it look over my blog posts this year. I’ve done it from planes, airports, hotels, convention centers, you name it. Blogging is mobile!