In The General Session

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m in the opening general session here at Commodity Classic. Leon Corzine, President, NCGA, is speaking about re-energizing rural America and how important farmers are to that growth.

Next up is Neal Bredehoeft, President, ASA. Neal is now talking about accomplishments of the soybean industry and the Asian Soybean Rust problem facing growers this coming season.

Coming up soon is our new Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns. I’ll record his statement at his press conference later and provide a link to it by lunchtime.

This morning things kind of got started out with a press conference by Monsanto. They were there to talk about some new research that has found that a corn rootworm variant now has somehow adapted and learned that it can lay eggs in soybean plants since the field will be planted in corn the next year. So it kind of lies in wait. Pretty scary huh?

Next press conference was with John Deere who was presenting information from some research they did in South America about the most effective way to spray fungicide on soybean plants to treat Soybean rust.

As I’ve been typing Secretary Johanns was just introduced. He’s telling Nebraska jokes now and talking about his first political campaign.

Time to head back to the newsroom. If you want to know what Johanns comments are today come back later to listen to his press conference.

Commodity Classic

Lots Of Good Looking Booths

Chuck Zimmerman


Another company that incorporates Talking News Releases into their communications strategy is BASF through their agency, Brighton Agency. In this picture the Commodity Classic trade show was just kicking off on Thursday afternoon.

In the BASF booth they have an outdoor scene complete with the sounds of crickets and birds. The audio changes throughout the day to match what you’d normally hear outside. Posted by Hello

Agribusiness, Commodity Classic

Commodity Classic Trade Show Kicks Off

Chuck Zimmerman


Monsanto has been one of our biggest supporters and first Talking News Release clients. Through their agency, Osborn & Barr Communications, we’ve sent out numerous product-related news releases with audio. They have the first press conference on Friday morning bright and early at 7am. I’ll be there to record the announcements and bring it to you here on Agrimarketing Pros. Posted by Hello

Agribusiness, Commodity Classic

NCGA CEO Talks About Putting On Commodity Classic

Chuck Zimmerman

You can listen to my interview with Rick Tolman, CEO, NCGA here: Commodity Classic 1.

Rick talks about the jointly run annual meeting of ASA and NCGA. He says that they’ve actually formed a separate corporation with farmer board members from each organization to run this meeting and there is a separate full time staff that works on it all year long. The interview is less than 5 minutes.

Audio, Commodity Classic