National Biodiesel Conference Blog Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmComm New MediaHolts Summit, MO – February 2, 2007 (AgNewsWire) Information from one of the nation’s largest growing biofuels conferences is available on-line at blog.biodieselconference.org.

All the proceedings with pictures, audio interviews and more from the 4th Annual National Biodiesel Conference February 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas can be found on the web log, which was first developed for last year’s conference. This year’s conference coverage is sponsored by John Deere.

Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the conference which includes educational sessions, a trade show and special appearances by celebrities and legislators, such as Merle Haggard, Political pundit-couple James Carville & Mary Matalin, actor and biodiesel advocate Larry Hagman and Congressional rock band The Second Amendments.
More than 40 educational sessions will feature information on everything from fuel quality standards, the 2007 Farm Bill and the growth of the industry, to trends in BioHeat and feedstock diversification.
The National Biodiesel Board contracted ZimmComm New Media of Missouri to design and develop the site and provide on-site coverage of the convention. Agribusiness blogger Chuck Zimmerman says the interest in biofuels has made the Biodiesel Conference blog a popular destination since it was first started.

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Ethanol Star of the Track During IndyCar® Series Daytona Test

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilDaytona, FL (February 1, 2007) (AgNewsWire) The IndyCar® Series held its first Open Test of the season Wednesday, January 31, at Daytona International Speedway where for the first time all IndyCar Series cars ran on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol.
Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) Executive Director Tom Slunecka was in Daytona to watch history being made.
“The test started off with just a bang, the engines cranked up. Just amazing to know a product that comes right from the Heartland is powering these massive machines around the track at over 200 miles an hour. It was an exciting morning,” said Slunecka.
According to Slunecka, the IndyCar drivers he talked to in Daytona are proud to be a part of the change to a fuel that is better for the environment and the economy, as well as being happy with its performance in their cars. Plus, the fumes of the farm-based fuel are less harmful and smell better.
“Methanol is a very gaseous-type smell – makes your eyes water and your throat tighten up. But, today as these engines cranked up for the very first time, the sweet smell of ethanol wafted over the paddock,” Slunecka said. “And all of these drivers and mechanics are so appreciative of the fact that these fumes that they are breathing today are non-toxic and their jobs just got a whole lot healthier.”
Slunecka added that the ethanol industry should take great pride in the switch to ethanol by the IndyCar Series.
“If it weren’t for the vision of several leaders in the ethanol industry and a young man named Paul Dana we wouldn’t be here today. We wouldn’t have the opportunity to show the world that ethanol is the right choice.”
Also in Daytona to watch the test was Dan Schwartzkopf, senior vice president of Renova Energy in Torrington, Wyo., the facility which was contracted by EPIC to supply approximately 120,000 gallons of ethanol to the IndyCar Series this season.

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Survey Shows Continued Support for Beef Checkoff

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) Missouri beef industry leaders are pleased with results from a nationwide survey released last week that shows continued support for the $1 per head national Beef Checkoff.

According to Missouri Beef Industry Council chairman Andrew McCrea, a cattleman from Maysville, the results are proof that most producers have positive views about the checkoff which began in 1986.

“The survey shows what we’ve continued to see from surveys over time, that an overwhelming majority of beef producers do support the checkoff,” said McCrea.

The survey, which was conducted in response to a settlement agreement between Cattlemen’s Beef Board and the Livestock Marketing Association as a result of a May 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision, found that 72 percent of approve of the Beef Checkoff Program.

The survey also found that 82 percent are in favor of voting periodically on the continuation of the Beef Checkoff Program, something McCrea says would make sure those who implement the program are doing the job producers want them to do.

“It helps us gauge where beef producers are at. We have to be responsive to beef producers and it’s important for beef producers to know that the folks on that board are cattle producers just like them,” he said.

One of the most interesting and strongest findings of the survey was that 92 percent of respondents who would like to see “all or at least some portion of the Beef Checkoff dollars should be used to promote only U.S. born and raised beef.”

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Beef Board Web Log Provides Transparency

Chuck Zimmerman

Beef CheckoffHolts Summit, MO – January 29, 2007 (AgNewsWire) When the Cattlemen’s Beef Board annual meeting is held at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville Jan. 31-Feb. 3, even producers who are unable to attend will be able to participate through the Beef Board Meeting web log (www.beefboardmeeting.com).

Cattlemen’s Beef Board Chairman Jay O’Brien of Amarillo, Texas says the site was started last year in an effort to provide complete transparency for producers who pay into the $1 per head national Beef Checkoff.

“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.”

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.

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New Hesston Series Large Square Balers

Chuck Zimmerman

Massey FergusonDULUTH, GA –January29, 2007 (AgNewsWire) — New Hesston® Series large square balers from Massey Ferguson® take efficiency, capacity and serviceability to new levels. The Model 2190 builds solid 4 x 4 bales, and the Model 2170 builds 3 x 4 bales that are the result of a total review of the famed Hesston large square baler concept. These new models with their proven double knotter work harder, faster and easier without sacrificing durability and simplicity of operation. Hay goes in faster and smoother than ever before, and the operator has more control and command than ever before, not to mention spending less time on service than ever before. Even the new shielding with its smooth curves has purpose as dust and chaff slide off, and a single release on either side of the baler reveals all service points.
“We changed the look of these new balers, but it is the changes inside that make them truly superior to anything on the market,” says Eric Raby, vice president, Livestock, Dairy, and Rural Lifestyle Marketing. “Our engineers took our existing large square balers apart and put them back together with greater strength, greater ease of service and greater productivity. Capacity has increased significantly without sacrificing hay quality retention, thanks to the improved feeder design, a higher speed gearbox and other improvements.”

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Massey Ferguson PINK Tractor Finds a Good Home

Chuck Zimmerman

Massey FergusonDULUTH, GA – January 29 2007 (AgNewsWire) — Last year AGCO Corporation, (NYSE: AG), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, partnered with NBC’s hit show, “Deal or No Deal”, to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by auctioning off a special edition, PINK Massey Ferguson tractor.
The tractor first appeared on “Deal or No Deal” on October 12 and was autographed by the host, Howie Mandel, who is a proponent of the fight against breast cancer. The tractor was then decaled with pink ribbons, which has become synonymous with breast cancer fundraising, and a one-of-a-kind PINK Massey Ferguson logo.
The tractor was featured on eBay from Tuesday, October 31 through Friday, November 10. And, the proud new owner, Joel Foster of the Foster Tractor Company, placed a winning bid of $26,600 USD. The tractor was shipped from NBC’s Studios in Culver City, CA to his dealership, where it is currently on display.
“I was very proud to see our Massey Ferguson family stepping up for such a great cause,” stated Joel Foster. “When I found out about the charity auction, I knew that my company wanted to be a part of it, and that we simply had to get it to our dealership, where it now proudly sits as quite the conversation piece,” Foster continued.
The tractor, a Massey Ferguson 1547 model, is equipped with a 47 horsepower diesel engine, hydrostatic transmission and matching front-end loader. This tractor is targeted to the lifestyle sector of farming, which includes casual, weekend farmers as well as traditional farms with smaller acreage.

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Super Bowl Cooking With Beef

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) Nothing says celebrate like beef and the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) is urging consumers to try out some new beef appetizers when they gather to watch Super Bowl LXI this year.

“We like to remind people that beef owns that emotion of celebration,” said MBIC Director of Marketing Dawn Thurnau. “When you think about celebrating with friends and family, often times you think of beef.”

But Thurnau urges consumers to think beyond the traditional burgers and steak when they are considering foods for entertaining, since beef can be a great ingredient in some fun finger foods.

“My favorite is actually a Beef WonTon that takes some ground beef, some eggs, and cheese and water chestnuts, mixed together, stuck in a wonton wrapper and baked,” said Thurnau. “You’ve got a great hand-held kid pleaser, but adults also love it.”

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Truffle Media Networks and ZimmComm New Media Join Forces

Chuck Zimmerman

Truffle Media Networks(January 29, 2007 – AgNewsWire) Utilizing the power of social media and new media tools like blogs and podcasts, plus their agricultural marketing expertise, Truffle Media Networks and ZimmComm New Media have joined forces to deliver high-quality, turnkey production and distribution of business-focused new media channels to agricultural companies.

“ZimmComm and Truffle have provided early new media leadership for agriculture and this alliance will facilitate additional innovations. By leveraging the strengths of Truffle and ZimmComm, we now offer agricultural marketers a compelling suite of products and services to help companies engage customers,” says Aaron Gilbertie, Truffle Media Networks.

New media allows companies and customers to regularly and conveniently participate in conversations about industry topics, customer needs and products. ZimmComm and Truffle both have experience in utilizing new media as a communications channel for agriculture. AgWired.com, a ZimmComm property, is the leading destination for agricultural marketers to participate in the conversation of new media. And SwineCast, a Truffle property launched in February 2005, is one of the first agricultural podcasts. With these backgrounds, ZimmComm and Truffle are poised to bring to the agricultural community the resources needed to leverage new media and power agricultural business growth.

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UC Davis Study to Protect US from Foot and Mouth Disease

Chuck Zimmerman

UC Davis logoDAVIS, CA- The Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance (CADMS) in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, has launched a nationwide research study aimed at protecting the livestock industry from the devastating consequences of foot-and-mouth disease.

Livestock producers throughout the nation are asked to participate in an online survey to gather data on animal movements and husbandry practices that will be used in a simulation model to predict the duration and magnitude of a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, as well as determine the best strategies for containment. This project is being conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Diseases (FAZD) and is supported by the USDA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Foot-and-mouth (FMD) is one of the most highly contagious diseases affecting cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, swine, sheep, goats and deer. In 2001 an outbreak of FMD in the UK resulted in catastrophic economic losses exceeding $15 billion. As a result, at least 6 million animals were slaughtered. In the US, the economic impact of an outbreak is estimated to be as high as $13 billion and every segment of the livestock industry would be severely affected.

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Technologies such as Headline key as corn demand accelerates

Chuck Zimmerman

BASF RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 21, 2006) – In 2006, thousands of growers across the country made the decision to protect their crops from disease and enhance overall production with Headline® fungicide. In more than 1000 on-farm corn trials and 750 on-farm soybean trials, Headline produced consistently higher yields, positive returns on investment and even shattered world records.

“The 2006 results are in and they show how Headline helps growers maximize their output per acre,” said Gary Fellows, Technical Marketing Manager for corn and soybean fungicides and herbicides at BASF. “The average yield advantage of Headline treated corn ranged from 12 to 15 bu/A, while Headline treated soybeans trials showed a 4 to 8 bu/A advantage in 2006.” Fellows and his team have been crunching the comparative yield numbers for the 1750 on-farm trials since harvest results started coming in.

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