National Biodiesel Conference Blog Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

National Biodiesel Board(Holts Summit, MO – January 30, 2006 – AgNewsWire) Constantly updated information will be available from the 3rd Annual National Biodiesel Conference February 5-8 in San Diego on a new web log –

The blog will offer ready access to written updates, press releases, pictures, audio interviews and even some video from the conference, which includes educational sessions, a trade show and a special live satellite radio broadcast with Willie Nelson. More than 40 educational sessions will feature information on everything from fuel quality standards, federal and state legislation updates, and European marketing strategies, to trends in BioHeat and opportunities in agricultural uses of biodiesel.

“Because there is so much happening at this conference, we were looking for a way to provide information not only to interested parties who are unable to attend the conference, but also for those who are attending and can’t make it to everything,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe. (Full Release)

Biodiesel, Renewable Energy

DomestiFuel Blog Takes Off

Chuck Zimmerman

DomesticFuel(Holts Summit, MO January 27, 2006 – AgNewsWire) Daily news and information on the rapidly expanding renewable fuels industry can be found on the Web log, DomesticFuel ( The site was developed by ZimmComm New Media, LLC, a new media communications company, based in Missouri.

“We developed the DomesticFuel site last fall and have since posted over 120 articles about ethanol and biodiesel – including links, pictures and audio,” said ZimmComm president Chuck Zimmerman. “We waited until now to make the official announcement about the site so we could create a quality product with excellent content to provide information to both industry members and consumers.”

With no promotion of any kind, DomesticFuel has already developed a daily following and received its first sponsorship. The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, (EPIC), has agreed to be the site’s charter sponsor. (Full Release)

Biodiesel, Blog, EPIC, Ethanol, Renewable Energy

Producers Can Participate in Beef Board Meeting Online

Chuck Zimmerman

Cattlemen's Beef Board(Holts Summit, MO January 26, 2006 – AgNewsWire) Cattle producers who are unable to attend this year’s Cattle Industry Convention February 1-4 in Denver can still stay informed and take an active role in decisions that are made through the Beef Board ( web log, according to Cattlemen’s Beef Board Vice Chairman Jay O’Brien of Amarillo, Texas.

“We’re trying to get information out to the producers to let them know exactly what’s going on at the convention and even allow them to have input back in to the committees, so that all of the people who pay the checkoff will be part of the process.” (:13) (Download MP3 File cbb-obrien-cut1)

The web log will feature postings throughout the convention following the various committee meetings to inform producers about discussions that are taking place and decisions that are made on how their beef checkoff dollars will be spent. O’Brien says the Beef Board wants all producers to have the opportunity to participate in decision-making at the national level. (Full Release)


Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Acquires Crop1 Insurance

Chuck Zimmerman

Farm Bureau Financial ServicesWest Des Moines, Iowa (AgNewsWire) – Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company announced today that it has acquired the Des Moines-based Crop1 Insurance Direct, Inc.

“This acquisition will help us to expand service to our farmer market,” said Bruce Trost, Farm Bureau Mutual Executive Vice President. “Crop1’s technology and proven savings will help us provide innovative and affordable crop insurance to meet the unique needs of crop producers throughout our marketing territory -we’re a winning combination that’s great for agriculture,” he added.

Crop1 InsuranceBilly Rose, Chief Executive Officer for Crop1 Insurance, says “We’re delighted that this transaction allows Crop1 to offer a savings to more crop producers across a broader geography.”

Full Release

crop insurance

Team Ethanol Driver Makes Switch To Rahal Letterman

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (Jan. 23, 2006 – AgNewsWire) —Paul Dana, driver for Team Ethanol, will be jumping into a Rahal Letterman IndyCar® Series car this year. Dana announced the switch today during an Indy Racing League (IRL) press conference.

“This is a huge step up for us from a competitive standpoint because Rahal Letterman has such an excellent track record,” Dana said. “My teammates will be Buddy Rice, who won the Indy 500 in 2004, and, of course, Danica Patrick, who was Rookie of the Year last year.”

Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR) is co-owned by 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and television talk show host and comedian David Letterman. (Full Release)

audio, Ethanol

“World Dairy Diary” Blog Provides Daily Dairy Commentary

Chuck Zimmerman

World Dairy DiaryHolts Summit, MO (AgNewsWire) Two companies have recently signed on to sponsor “World Dairy Diary,” ( the first weblog devoted to news, information and commentary for and about the dairy industry.

Accelerated Genetics and “The Callicrate Bander” from No-Bull Enterprises are the first on-going sponsors for the website, which was started in June 2005 as an information site for the World Dairy Expo. It has since become a general news and information site for the dairy industry. (full release)

Blog, Dairy

Wichita Residents Embrace Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOMAHA, NE. (January 13, 2006 – AgNewsWire) – Wichita, Kansas residents turned to ethanol-enriched fuel in record numbers this fall, according to recently released market data from a partnership promotion between Kwik Shop stores and the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC).

According to Tom Slunecka (suh-Len-icka), EPIC executive director, the promotion first started by giving ethanol information to key leaders within the city, such as mechanics, auto dealers, politicians and community leaders. The information explained why ethanol is important to the city and how it would work in their automobiles and how it would clean the air. “This program was far more than just an advertising campaign, it was an integral part of the thought process within that town about how to maximize their economics from a regional basis as well as how to help their air quality there within their city.” (Full Release)

Release contains audio files

EPIC, Ethanol

Keep An Eye On AgNewsWire

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to the new year and AgNewsWire. Since our service just kicked off last month right before the holidays the last few weeks have been a little slow. That’s to be expected and will change soon. Our staff has been travelling the country making presentations about this unique new service targeted to agricultural journalists. We have numerous releases planned for distribution already and you’ll see them begin appearing here soon.

As the number of releases posted grows you’ll find AgNewsWire to be a great resource since they’ll all be archived here by keyword category.

If you have any questions about AgNewsWire just contact us and we’ll be happy to respond asap.

AgNewsWire Announcement

Happy Holidays From The Staff

Chuck Zimmerman

Happy Holidays from AgNewsWire and the staff at ZimmComm. We’ll be working to make this a valuable news destination for agricultural journalists in the coming year. You can already see a number of news items that were posted in the last month or so. They are now archived and will always be available.

Please send in your suggestions on how we can improve our service.

AgNewsWire Announcement

Rib Roast Sales Spike At Christmas

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Beef Industry Council(Columbia, MO – AgNewsWire) Like the rare Who-Roast Beast in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” roast beef is a big part of the Christmas dinner celebration for Americans.

Most of the year sales of beef rib and loin roasts average about four million pounds a month. But, in just the week before Christmas, sales are triple that monthly average, at about 12 million pounds.

Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director Steve Taylor says the surprising findings were revealed in a 2004 retail market survey done for the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by Freshlook Marketing. (Full Release)