Scout Those Pesky Aphids

Chuck Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-BredThis timely alert just came out from Pioneer Hi-Bred. You can visit their website to find an agronomist in your area if you need help.

Growers Cautioned to Begin Scouting for Soybean Aphids

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Soybean aphids have been spotted in Iowa, Minnesota and New York. Although it is too early to spray, growers need to begin scouting. Pioneer agronomists are scouting daily for soybean aphids and other pests. For a report on the situation in your area, contact your local Pioneer agronomist.

EXCEPTION: With slower soybean growth in many parts of Iowa scouting will need to begin in early July.


More Beef For Show Me State Seniors

Chuck Zimmerman

MBIC LogoThe Show-Me State Senior Games are being held this week in Columbia, and one of the sponsors of the event is the Missouri Beef Industry Council. In this week’s MBIC Report Cindy Zimmerman talks with Teri Jo Oetting (Ett-ing) about why the beef council sponsors this event and the importance of beef in the diet of older adults. Missouri State Senior GamesThis will be the last report from Teri Jo as she is moving on to take a new job in St. Louis after serving as MBIC Director of Nutrition Education for four years.

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Ag Group, Audio, Beef, MBIC, MCGA, Podcasts

Look, It’s The Food Safety Mobile

Chuck Zimmerman

USDA Food Safety MobileThis picture really doesn’t do the vehicle justice. It looks like something a 1960’s dude would have loved. You’ve gotta like all the color.

BEEP, BEEP … The USDA Food Safety Mobile is Coming to Minneapolis

The Food Safety Mobile is coming to your town! The USDA Food Safety Mobile is 35-feet long and serves as a “rolling billboard” for food safety and as an attention-getting backdrop for educational exhibits and events. With its bold, eye-catching designs, the Mobile appeals to adults and children alike. Come out and see the Mobile June 23-25 in Minneapolis at the 96th Annual American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Conference and Expo.

For more information contact Amanda Eamich, 202-720-9113, or Robyn Sadagursky, 301-504-0214.


GoEfuel Summer Roadtrip Blog

Chuck Zimmerman

GOeFuel BoyzThanks to Tom Biro at AdJabs for the heads up on this. First I heard about it. Here’s a creative use of blogging! Hello, are you listening? He says that Fargo-based Sundog created the on and offline campaign. Very cool looking to me.

GoE Launches its “Summer Road Trip”
GoE Guys hit the highway to raise awareness and encourage ethanol use

Bismarck, N.D. (June 8, 2005) — GoE, North Dakota’s own brand of ethanol-blended fuel, is launching the “GoE Summer Road Trip” in an effort to raise awareness and encourage all North Dakotans to use ethanol-blended fuels in their cars, boats, lawn mowers and anything else that runs on gasoline. The “GoE Guys,” three gregarious college students in a white car, decked-out in GoE decor, are taking the Road Trip across North Dakota on three separate weekends in June, July and August. They will be searching for fun, funky and unusual events and sites found only in North Dakota. Along the way, they will be committing “Random Acts of Ethanol” – stopping at local petroleum retailers and buying lucky drivers a tank full of GoE fuel. Their antics and adventures will be chronicled in an online Web log (blog) and through posted photos on the GoE Web site: In addition to the Random Acts of Ethanol, the GoE Guys will encourage all North Dakotans with a valid driver’s license to register to win a year’s supply of GoE either in person or online. “The GoE Summer Road Trip is an unexpected and fun way to help raise awareness about ethanol’s benefits for the economy and the environment,” says Kim Christianson, program manager of the State Energy Office. “The GoE Guys are hitting the highways of North Dakota to help remind people to make ethanol their fuel of choice as they enjoy the summer driving season.”

For more information contact Kim Christianson, North Dakota Department of Commerce, 701-328-4137.

Ag Group, Blogging, Ethanol, Government

DNA IP Changing Hands

Chuck Zimmerman

Applied DNA SciencesThis sounds like some very interesting work. Their release describes the DNA technology they use like this. “Botanical DNA technology is a leading brand protection and anti- counterfeiting solution since it is based on authentication of the encoded DNA in a product through forensic analysis. Applied DNA Sciences technology protects products and brands, deters counterfeit and grey market activity and safeguards corporate investment and market share. Microscopic covert DNA markers can be integrated into products and packaging, in inks, paper, coatings, adhesives, thread, textiles, polymers, liquids, holograms and microchips.” Although I wanted to become a forest ranger once the science was too much for me. I can only imagine what it takes to become a botanical DNA technologist!

Applied DNA Sciences Closes on DNA IP From Biowell

LOS ANGELES, June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: APDN) , a security solutions company whose DNA technology detects and deters counterfeiting, fraud, product diversion, and protects the corporate supply chain, today announced that on June 14th, 2005 at a General Meeting of the Shareholders of Biowell Technologies Inc., the Shareholders unanimously voted to accept the terms and conditions of the sale of the Intellectual Property to Applied DNA Sciences. This vote consummates several months of negotiations and provides global control of the technology to APDN.

APDN will establish a laboratory in the US to produce the DNA security products. The ability to produce the products in the US and to provide them as a US-owned technology opens the door for APDN to conduct business with US Federal Agencies, a primary business focus for the company.

Biowell now becomes an exclusive Licensee for Asia and certain other territories, thereby generating a royalty stream for APDN. The IP has been verified by independent laboratories and leading molecular biologists and patent attorneys.

Peter Brocklesby, president of APDN stated, “We have completed a major milestone in the reorganization of our company and the transfer of control of the technology to the US. Our efforts can now be fully focused on executing our business plan to commercialize the DNA technology for the burgeoning global security market.”

For more information contact Adrian Butash.


Announcements From The Hale Group

Chuck Zimmerman

The Hale GroupJon Holt Joins The Hale Group – Industry Veteran Will Serve Growing West Coast Clients

DANVERS, Mass., June 20 /PRNewswire/ — The Hale Group, Ltd., the leading strategic consulting firm serving the food and agribusiness industries, announced today that Jon Holt has joined the firm as Associate Principal. He will serve the growing needs of our clients as a member of the firm’s West Coast foodservice practice.

Jon brings over fifteen years of extensive sales, marketing and general management experience in the food industry to The Hale Group. He also brings a unique understanding of the food industry supply chain having served in executive positions in manufacturing, distribution and national chain restaurant operations for best in class organizations including RJR/Nabisco, Sysco Food Services and TGI Friday’s.

“As the food industry evolves, it is increasingly important for companies to partner with all members of the supply chain to remain competitive,” stated Bill Mason, Managing Director. “The Hale Group works with clients to develop strategies to successfully manage these critical relationships. Our West Coast clients will be well served with Jon’s hands-on experience working within various segments of the supply chain.”

The Hale Group also announced today that Rob Veidenheimer has been promoted to Associate Principal after several successful years serving clients in the role of Consultant. He will continue to utilize his extensive marketing experience in both the retail food and foodservice industries to develop actionable strategies that grow our clients’ businesses.

For more information contact William Mason.


Manmade Spring Rise On Missouri River Discussed On CornTalk

Chuck Zimmerman

MCGA LogoIt’s time to save the Pallid Sturgeon on the Missouri River. At least that’s what it sounds like a bunch of concerned wildlife people want. This is moving pretty quick. This being an attempt to develop a man-made spring rise on the Missouri River. This could put an additional one to three feet of water on the river which would cause river bottom farm land flooding.

This is also the topic of CornTalk, the weekly program for the Missouri Corn Growers Association. In this week’s program I interview Bob Bacon, with the Coalition To Protect The Missouri River. Bob has serious concerns about how quickly this plan is moving and the impact it will have on Missouri farmers. He’s asking for people to get involved and make their concerns known. Go here for more information.

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Ag Group, Audio, CornTalk, General, Podcasts

Krenz Promoted At Bader Rutter

Chuck Zimmerman

Bader RutterI don’t have a picture of his happy face or I’d post it. He just sent me an email the other day about a newspaper article on how your cute little blog can get you fired. I wonder if he was trying to tell me something about AgWired? Anyway, I don’t intend to fire myself anytime soon. I’ve done that once already and it wasn’t fun!


MILWAUKEE — Josh Krenz has been promoted to account executive at Bader Rutter & Associates, Inc. in the agency’s Public Relations Group. Krenz joined Bader Rutter in 2003 as a public relations writer. Prior to joining Bader Rutter, Krenz held internships with Farmland Industries, Kansas City, Mo.; the Wisconsin Livestock and Meat Council, Madison, Wis. and the International Fresh-cut Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

A native of Fall Creek, Wis., Krenz earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural marketing communications with a minor in animal science from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

For more information on Josh’s activities contact Greg Nickerson, President at 262/784-7200.


Subscribe To Talking News Releases With Our RSS Feed

Chuck Zimmerman

I recently posted an announcement about our RSS feed for the Talking News Releases we produce. Now I can announce that we have it available permanently in our left sidebar next to our site feed.

So, if you want to subscribe to ZimmComm’s Talking News Releases then point your news aggregator to the XML image (XML File). You can also just paste the feed URL into your news aggregator subscribe box. It’s

Then whenever we post a new release to that feed you’ll automatically get it! If you’re looking for content for your own website or newsletter you might want to consider subscribing. These are publicly distributed news releases which we prepare and send to radio reporters. They contain links to audio files, usually of the people quoted in the release.

Talking News Release

NAMA Leadership Interview With Don Schultz This Week’s ZimmCast

Chuck Zimmerman

Clear Channel Ag NetworksI know I posted this last week but not as a podcast. So it’s this week’s ZimmCast.

It’s Don Schultz, Clear Channel Ag Networks, talking about leadership in NAMA and in particular, the regional leadership workshops.

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Audio, Media, Podcasts, ZimmCast