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Obama’s trade agenda draws GOP support in House - AgMinute for April 27, 2015

Democrats said the legislation didn’t go far enough to assure labor standards and environmental protections strong enough to avoid placing American companies at a disadvantage. Click here for the full story

Hoard’s Dairyman’s Acquisition of Hay & Forage Grower

A company with a long history of innovating in the dairy world is taking over a publication that covers a wide variety of feed for cattle, especially in the dairy realm. Hoard’s Dairyman magazine recently bought Hay & Forage Grower, including the publication’s database. Show More Summary

Idaho officials approve plan to protect sage grouse habitat - AgMinute for April 24, 2015

The state document will be considered Thursday for approval by the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Click here for the full story

USDA Presents Climate Change Initiative

In a speech Thursday at Michigan State University, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced “Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry”, an initiative that will utilize voluntary, incentive-based conservation, forestry,...Show More Summary

Chicken Summit Tackles Industry Myths

The 2015 Chicken Media Summit is a wrap, but the dialogue will continue. A panel titled “Chicken Myths & Facts” answered questions many not directly involved in the poultry community simple don’t understand. Panelist discussed hormones, antibiotics, chicken litter, environmental issues and other hot button issues on the minds of consumers. Show More Summary

Why FMC Joined Field to Market

During the Agri-Marketing Conference my Mini Golden ZimmComm Microphone for iPhone got a workout that included an interview with Aaron Locker, FMC Marketing Director. Mark stopped by the ZimmComm Connection Point booth so I asked him to talk about the reasons FMC has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. Show More Summary

Global Soybean Stakeholders in China

Representatives from U.S. soybean organizations are in China this week joining their counterparts from several other countries to discuss the biotech-approval process there. United Soybean Board (USB) chairman Bob Haselwood of Kansas, the American Soybean Association (ASA) president Wade Cowan of Texas, and the U.S. Show More Summary

Idaho lawmakers approve rule lifting elk import restriction - AgMinute for April 23, 2015

Idaho lawmakers have approved a rule that will lift certain import restrictions on domestic elk. The rule was supported by commercial elk breeders but opposed by sportmen's groups. Click here for the full story

U.S., Japan say no deal on farm trade but end in sight - AgMinute for April 22, 2015

Japan has identified five categories of agricultural products as “sensitive,” given its longstanding protections for politically powerful farm interests. They include beef and pork, wheat and barley, sugar, rice and dairy products. Click here for the full story

High Path Avian Flu Topic at Chicken Summit

The 2015 Chicken Media Summit is being held this week in Maryland, organized by the National Chicken Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Among those in attendance is our own Jamie Johansen, along with bloggers, journalists, dietitians and leaders in the poultry industry from all over the country. Show More Summary

GROWMARK Highlights Intern Program at NAMA

GROWMARK has one of the oldest and most successful internship programs in the agriculture business so they were a popular stop for student NAMA attendees during the Connection Point trade show at the Agri-Marketing Conference last week in Kansas City. Show More Summary

#NAMA15 Special Appearance – Derek Klingenberg

Stories from the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference continue as this week’s ZimmCast features a conversation by world famous farmer Derek Klingenberg. Derek made a surprise stage appearance during a general session as you can see from this photo. The only thing he told the audience was, “Shhh.” Then he sat down in his lawn chair and we watched his cattle serenade... Read More

Increased dyed diesel enforcement looms in Idaho - AgMinute for April 21, 2015

Idaho lawmakers intend to discuss greater enforcement of the state's dyed fuel laws next year. Click here for the full story

2015 expected to bring more record-breaking cattle prices - AgMinute for April 20, 2015

While cattle prices are expected to soften in the last half of the year, average annual prices for feeder and fed cattle in 2015 are expected to be even higher than the record-breaking 2014. For more information visit

NAMA Agribusiness Leader of Year – Clint Lewis

During the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference the National Agri-Marketing Association presented the Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award to Clint Lewis, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Operations, Zoetis. This award, whichShow More Summary

Rise in Idaho farm deaths concerns OSHA - AgMinute for April 17, 2015

Fatal accidents in agriculture have risen significantly recently in Idaho, prompting concerns by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Click here for the full story

House Votes to Kill Death Tax

By a vote of 240-179 largely along party lines, the U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the federal estate tax, better known by opponents as the “death tax.” Co-sponsor Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) told his colleagues that repealing the tax is a top priority for farmers and ranchers in his state and around the nation. “Agriculture, particularly raising cattle and... Read More

NAMA Marketer of the Year Paul Redhage

Have to admit to being surprised that former NAMA president and life-long agri-marketing professional Paul Redhage had never been named Marketer of the Year – but he is now! Paul just retired from a long and distinguished career in January and has been taking some well deserved grandpa time after 30 years in the business, starting with Kenrick Advertising in... Read More

#TractorTweet120 at #NAMA15

New Holland is spending the entire year celebrating 120 years for the next generation. At this year’s Agri-Marketing Conference, they have once again equipped all attendees with little tractors challenging us all to tweet pictures using the #TractTweet120. Show More Summary

Consumers buying more organic products, new data show - AgMinute for April 16, 2015

Organics now make up 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, but much of the growth is also in nonfood items like textiles and personal care items. Click here for the full story

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