Uncertain Markets Require Flexibility

In this week’s ZimmCast, our Chuck Zimmerman speaks with Chip Whalen, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging (CIH). The topic is uncertainty requiring flexibility. Think about how commodity prices are affected by weather, trade, exhange rates and more competition. There are more factors too. In the program, Chuck and Chip discuss how farmers can manage risk with the uncertainty we’re seeing in …

Heartland Institute on Climate Accord and Agriculture

The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has generated strong reactions – both positive and negative – but overall agricultural interests have been pretty quiet on the matter. The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank based in Illinois, has opposed the Paris Climate Agreement from the beginning and so considers the U.S. withdrawal a victory. …

IFAJ Presidents at #ONE17

The four most recent presidents of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), representing four different countries, attended ONE: the Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky this week. This podcast includes past presidents David Markey of Ireland, Markus Rediger of Switzerland, and Mike Wilson of the United States, and current IFAJ President Owen Roberts, Canada. Each of them reflects on …

Interview with Lynn Henderson on NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) is celebrating 60 years as a professional organization dedicated to the business of agricultural marketing. Lynn Henderson with AgriMarketing Magazine has been involved with NAMA for the last 41 of those 60 years so we sat down with him at the recent annual conference to hear some of the history of the organization and how …

Meet the New NAMA President

The 2017 AgriMarketing Conference held last week in Dallas, Texas is the annual meeting for the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). The conference also marked the changing of the guard for NAMA  as a new president took over leadership of the organization, so the team sat down with outgoing president Matt Coniglio of Penton Agriculture/Farm Progress and incoming president Amy Bradford …

General Mills Backs Soil Health Projects

General Mills recently announced a $2 million commitment to the Soil Health Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the Soil Health Partnership to support the development of tools and resources for farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to achieve widespread adoption of soil health practices. In this podcast, Soil Health Institute president and CEO Wayne Honeycutt talks about the partnership and …

ZimmCast on AeroVironment’s Quantix Drone

AeroVironment worked with farmers and universities to develop their new Quantix Drone. Matt Strein, Director Of Business Development at AeroVironment, provides an overview of this new product and what sets it apart from all others in the ag industry in this podcast: AeroVironment also has several videos on their website.

Bayer #AgVocacy Forum 2017

AgVocates from around the country gathered in San Antonio February 28-March 1, 2017 for the Bayer AgVocacy Forum. This is the 12th consecutive year that Bayer has organized the forum before Commodity Classic to showcase individuals and ideas that are making a strong impact on the future of farming and food production. Also included in this post are links to …

#ZimmCast With National Stewardship Award Winner

Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, ND was named national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation. Dow Agrosciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation are sponsors of the award which was presented …

ZimmCast Features the Shark Farmer

In this week’s ZimmCast, Chuck Zimmerman speaks with Shark Farmer Rob Sharkey, who he caught up with during the 2016 Cultivate & Connect Conference in Kansas City, MO. Rob produces a regular podcast on Tuesday’s called Sharkfarmer Podcast. It’s not only a play on his name but he started it during Shark Week. The Shark Farmer grows row crops and …

ZimmCast Features Farmer2Farmer Conference

After a successful 2015 Farmers Business Network has continued to grow in 2016. Earlier this year the company held its first Farmer2Farmer conference and a second one is planned for December. Chuck Zimmerman visited with co-founder Charles Baron at the NAFB convention last week and learned that Farmers Business Network is now offering an interesting new service. This year the …

ZimmCast Features New #Ag Software from Trimble

Trimble is holding a large customer event in Las Vegas this week – Trimble Dimensions. It’s the site for a big announcement – Trimble Ag Software. This new farm data management platform combines their products Connected Farm™, Farm Works Software® and Agri-Data® solutions. This all-in-one tool offers customers a complete desktop, web-based and mobile-enabled agricultural software solution that simplifies farm …