Keep An Eye On AgNewsWire

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.

Happy Holidays From The Staff

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.

Rib Roast Sales Spike At Christmas

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)

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Announces Plan To Acquire Crop1 Insurance

Farm Bureau Financial ServicesWest Des Moines, Iowa – (AgNewsWire) Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to purchase Des Moines-based Crop1 Insurance in early 2006.

Crop1 Insurance will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, one of three property-casualty insurance companies managed by FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG), an insurance and financial services holding company based in West Des Moines.

Crop1 InsuranceCrop1 Insurance is a Managing General Agency (MGA) offering the Federal Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) program. This federally reinsured MPCI program is offered under the supervision of the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2003, Crop1 became the first company approved by the FCIC to offer the Premium Reduction Plan (PRP). (Full Release)

Strong Plants, High Yields for Soybeans Treated with CruiserMaxx

SyngentaGREENSBORO, N.C. December 15, 2005 ― (AgNewsWire) Cruiser®Maxx® Pak proved its strength and value during its first year of commercial use. CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans showed stronger stands, better plant vigor and quicker canopy, ultimately flourishing into a high-yielding crop. Planted on two million acres in 2005, CruiserMaxx Pak protected soybeans against a broad spectrum of early-season insects and diseases to maximize crop potential and boost yields.

Across the Midwest, growers who planted CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans saw better plant health and vigor leading to increased yields over untreated acres. “We had a side-by-side demonstrating CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans versus non-treated soybeans,” said Al Perry of Aurora, Neb. “The untreated soybeans had a lower population compared to the taller and thicker CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans. There were also no bean leaf beetle holes in the leaves of the soybeans treated with CruiserMaxx Pak. At harvest, the CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybeans yielded four bushels-per-acre higher than the untreated soybeans.” (Full Release)

Bean Counter Bonus Program from Syngenta Saves Corn and Soybean Growers $2.50 per Unit

Cruiser Extreme Pak and CruiserMaxx Pak offer savings at planting, deliver profits at harvest

SyngentaGREENSBORO, N.C., December 15, 2005 — (AgNewsWire) The Bean Counter Bonus Program™ from Syngenta Seed Treatment offers growers a per-unit rebate on the purchase of Cruiser®Maxx® Pak-treated soybean seed if they have purchased Cruiser Extreme® Pak-treated corn seed. This program, now in its second year, provides quality insect and disease protection for corn and soybeans while reducing a grower’s investment by $2.50 per unit of soybeans.

This year many growers who planted corn seed treated with Cruiser Extreme Pak and/or Cruiser Extreme Pak CRW took part in this exciting offer as they planted CruiserMaxx Pak-treated soybean seed for the first time. While the advantages of Cruiser Extreme Pak have been apparent for several years, the benefits of CruiserMaxx Pak became obvious over the course of its first commercially available season. Growers who participated in the program not only saw profits at harvest, they also saved money at planting. (Full Release)

Missouri Beef Producers Stand To Benefit From Reopening of Japanese Market

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO December 12, 2005 – (AgNewsWire) – News that Japan is reopening its market for U.S. beef products is good for Missouri beef producers, according to Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director Steve Taylor. “With the full export market available to us, there’s an additional 50 to 75 dollars per head added to the value of a carcass, so that translates back to Missouri producers. It does put money on to the value of the cattle that they sell here.” (Full Release)

Massey Ferguson Announces New Specialty Tractor Line

Massey FergusonDULUTH, GA – December 5, 2005 (AgNewsWire) – Massey Ferguson has introduced three new specialty tractors equipped with pressurized cabs and air filtration systems designed to supply clean cab air for the operator. The system seals out pesticide particles and other contaminants to protect operators during specialty applications such as orchard spraying.

“New Massey Ferguson 5400SA Series tractors have an advanced cab pressurization and air flow system that changes cab interior air every 36 seconds,” says Rene Boivin, Massey Ferguson marketing manager. “The system keeps contaminants out of the cab, filtering out 99 percent of all particles larger than 3 microns. The recirculating air system then removes 95 percent of the remaining particles, and is part of a managed program of occupational health and safety. In fact, 5400SA Series cab heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Full Release

AgNewsWire Kicking Off December 5

AgNewsWire is getting ready to get cranking. Our Talking News Release customers are very excited about the additions to the services we now offer, including the exclusive Quickfarm Network distribution. ZimmComm’s Chuck Zimmerman is heading out on the road to make presentations all over the country at the invitation of many of the top agricultural companies and their agencies.

AgNewsWire will officially begin distribution, including Quickfarm Network, next Monday, December 5.

If you’d like a personal presentation to better understand the services that AgNewsWire offers please give us a call or email Chuck now.

Your Ag News Distribution Service

ZimmComm Introduces AgNewsWire

(Holts Summit, MO November 7, 2005) ZimmComm, Marketing & Communications is introducing an innovative news distribution service for agriculture that includes not only print, broadcast and internet media, but also direct-to-farmer distribution.

“AgNewsWire” is the evolution of our Talking News Release service introduced last year, based on feedback from our clients who have included some of the largest companies and agencies in the industry,” said ZimmComm president Chuck Zimmerman.

The most innovative portion of AgNewsWire involves an agreement with QuickFarm of Charleston, SC, to include releases as part of the content the company provides to the websites of 425 farmer cooperatives with over 2,000 locations.

“This approach of getting news releases directly to the target audience has never been done before in agriculture, but we expect this to grow as farmers, like all consumers, take advantage of the new sources of information available to them,” said Zimmerman.

QuickFarm Vice President of Sales & Operations Matt Walsh says they approached ZimmComm with the idea of providing new content for their websites. “We have a lot of traffic out there on the internet. We see close to 2 million page views a month. Those page views are made up by roughly 100,000 unique visitors every month and we want to make sure those people are getting the best possible content that we can find. So, going to ZimmComm was a no-brainer for us because of their established multimedia release service. That service provides excellent content for our website customers and in turn for their customers, the American farmer.”

All releases are also posted on the website, where ag journalists can subscribe to them by RSS feed, or view them at any time. All releases are archived for future retrieval by date and keyword. This is in addition to the regular service of emailing the releases to ZimmComm’s list of more than 800 ag journalists. The list includes ag editors, farm broadcasters and international ag journalists.

The basic rate includes distribution to all points for a single print release. Additional services include image files, power point, audio and video, as well as distribution to national radio stations and search engine inclusion. State and regional breakouts are available as well.

“Our goal is to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for distribution of news releases for agribusiness,” Zimmerman said.

For further information, contact Chuck Zimmerman at 573-896-8534 (office) or 573-230-3024 (mobile).