Long Time Dairy Checkoff CEO to Retire

Cindy Zimmerman

The dairy checkoff program will be under new management shortly for the first time pretty much since its inception. Tom Gallagher this week announced his retirement as CEO of Dairy Management Inc., which was created in 1995 to run the dairy promotion and research program approved by Congress in 1983 and finalized with a producer referendum in 1993. Gallagher has …

Ag Groups, Dairy

2021 NAMA Professional Development Awards of Excellence

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has announced three marketing and agricultural leaders as winners of the 2021 Professional Development Awards of Excellence. The NAMA Professional Development Awards of Excellence honor members of the organization based on outstanding achievement in each of the Professional Development Areas. The awards will be presented in conjunction with the NAMA Fall Conference, October 4-6, in …

Ag Groups, Agribusiness, NAMA

Congratulations to Ted McKinney – CEO, NASDA

Chuck Zimmerman

We are glad to see that our friend Ted McKinney has been selected as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He will lead NASDA in amplifying the voice of state departments of agriculture in Washington, D.C., seeking policy solutions for our food system and expanding and deepening NASDA’s partnerships. “Representing a unified voice from …

Ag Groups

Day Two of the 2021 Farm Progress Show

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello from Decatur, IL and the second day of the Farm Progress Show. It’s another beautiful day with some cooler temperatures and lots of excitement in the air. The Golden ZimmComm Microphone got off to a great start yesterday with the current president of the National Corn Growers Association, John Linder, a farmer from Ohio. Linder and other association leaders …

Ag Groups, Audio, Corn, Farm Progress Show, NCGA

The #2021SPGC is Back and In-Person

Chuck Zimmerman

Peanut growers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi are gathered together again live and in-person for their annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference at Panama City Beach, Florida. After having to cancel the popular event last year due to COVID, everyone is thrilled to be back on the beach. As has been the tradition, we start off the conference by interviewing …

Ag Groups, Audio, Farming, Peanuts

ZimmCast 674 – Live Event Previews – Tech Hub & SPGC

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. Cindy and I have been making travel plans for work! That’s something pretty rare since early last year. So we’ve got flights scheduled, hotel reservations and conferences registered. I guess it’s kind of like riding a bike. Pretty simple list of things that are needed so it has been just like we only missed …

Ag Groups, Audio, Media, Peanuts, ZimmCast

Preview of 2021 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

The recent rains in the southeast have made field work challenging for peanut growers. In a preview interview for the upcoming Southern Peanut Growers Conference with Florida Peanut Producers Association Executive Director Ken Barton, that’s one of the the things we talked about. Last year the conference was canceled to this year and it is a go in Panama City …

Ag Groups, Audio, Peanuts

NAMA Announces Top Award Winners

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has announced the winners of its top annual awards for Agribusiness Leader, Ag Association Leader and Marketer of the Year. The AgriBusiness Leader of the Year award recognizes outstanding leadership in private, public or academic service and is conferred each year to a senior executive at an agribusiness. Tim Hassinger is retired Pres/CEO of Dow …

Ag Groups, Agencies, Agribusiness, NAMA

Choose Real Leather to Reduce Waste

Chuck Zimmerman

The Leather and Hide Council of America has just released an infographic that highlights the issue of how the use of products made from plastics and other non-renewable sources is harming the environment. Real leather made from livestock hides is one of the oldest forms of recycling and can help play an important part in solving this problem. Zero-waste pledges …

Ag Groups, Environment, Livestock, Sustainability