How Will the EPA Water Rule Will Impact You?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What will be on your Independence Day grill?”

It looks like most people stuck with the traditional 4th of July grillers. Hamburgers and hot dogs topped the list and I can’t say I am surprised. Maybe everyone was saving their creative genius for the fireworks display.

Our poll results:

  • steak – 14%
  • hamburgers – 25%
  • hot dogs – 18%
  • pork chops – 14%
  • chicken – 4%
  • fish – 0%
  • shrimp – 4%
  • lamb chops – 0%
  • venison – 0%
  • multiple meats – 11%
  • other – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “How would the EPA water rule impact you?”

One of the hottest topics in the ag sector these days has to do with water rights. The EPA says that under the proposed rules defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) “all normal farming practices are exempt – period” but those in the agriculture community are questioning if that will hold true. Have you looked in to how this water rule would impact your operation?

Many Still in the Heat of Hay

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Where are you in #hay14?”

It looks like farmers across the United States are all at different stages with this year’s hay crop. On our farm we started out with a bang. But were soon falling behind due to rain. No one is complaining about the rain though. I think I can easily speak for all involved in agriculture that we are very glad to be getting these early summer showers. Good luck to all those still in the heat of #hay14.

Our poll results:

  • Done – 25%
  • Right on schedule – 12.5%
  • Behind due to rain – 62.5%
  • Behind due to equipment – 0%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What will be on your Independence Day grill?”

The 4th of July typically equals family and friends gathering for a barbecue and barbecue’s equals meat. The choices for your grill are limitless. Will you be having the traditional meal of hamburgers and hot dogs? Or will you be showing off your culinary genius and serving Venison Osso Buco, Beer Grilled Chops or Thai Grilled Shrimp?

Biobased Products Important for Ag

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How important are biobased products for agriculture?”

An overwhelming majority of those polled believe biobased products serve a purpose in the agriculture community. At the USB Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue in Washington D.C., USDA officials shared what they are doing to expand biobased opportunities. Listen to those interviews here.

Our poll results:

  • Very – need new markets – 71%
  • Somewhat helpful – 7%
  • Waste of resources – 7%
  • What are bio-based products? – 7%
  • Other – 7%
  • Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Where are you in #hay14?”

    The hay making process is a necessity for all raising livestock across the country. Many got an early start this year, yet others have had delay after delay because of Mother Nature. I was raised to never complain when it’s raining and after droughts the last couple of years I have learned to take all we can get. However, getting hay up on time and between spring showers has been hard for many farmers and ranchers. Have you finished your first cuttings or are you still in the heat of it? Join the hay making conversation on New Holland’s Facebook page and learn about their Roll-Belt app here.

    Verdicts in on Co-existence of Organic & GMO Crops

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Can organic & GMO crops co-exist?”

    It’s clear everyone has their own opinion on this topic. And it’s important that farmers are able to voice their opinions and farm the way they see fit. Many pollers believe that organic and GMO crops can live harmoniously on the same or neighboring farms. But cross pollination is still a fear of many. Believe what you want, but let’s not put farmers against farmers.

    Our poll results:

    • Yes – without legal regulation – 25%
    • Yes – with legal regulation – 7%
    • Yes – farmers choice to grow – 26%
    • No – due to cross pollination – 30%
    • No – it’s one or the other – 3%
    • Don’t know – 3%
    • Don’t care – 2%
    • Other – 4%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What do you think about the new AgWired look?”

    As you can tell the ZimmComm Team has been busy changing things up a bit. Don’t worry, we are still covering everything agriculture. AgWired.com has just undergone a complete transformation on the back end and now incorporates WorldDairyDiary.com as Animal.AgWired.com and PrecisionPays.com as Precision.AgWired.com. And new features including a built in mobile app that you create on your device when you browse to AgWired.com.

    Farmers Favorite Features of MyNewHolland.com

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What features of MyNewHolland.com do you like?”

    It’s been just over a month since the launch of New Holland North America’s MyNewHolland.com, an online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. The ability to keep up with equipment inventory seems to be a highlight for those who have taken advantage of this opportunity. Whether you own New Holland equipment, used to own or would like to own, or who just want to join the farming conversation, it’s free and easy to sign up. Over 500 people from all over North America have already joined for a variety of reasons, including the spotlight discussion on growing crops for biofuels.

    Our poll results:

    • My Equipment – my equip inventory – 18%
    • Precision Land Management – 6%
    • Configurator – configure your equipment – 6%
    • Calendar – 6%
    • Spotlight Discussion – 12%
    • Dealer locator – 12%
    • Links to other New Holland info – 6%
    • I have created a login – 6%
    • I have not created a login – 23%
    • Other – 5%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Can organic & GMO crops co-exist?”

    A recent ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops has passed in two Oregon counties. This is one of many issues that puts farmer vs. farmer. Should it be the landowner’s choice or should these decisions be made at the ballot box? In this week’s ZimmPoll we want to know if you think organic and GMO crops can co-exist?

    What Features of MyNewHolland.com Do You Like

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the best way to market to millennials? “

    I think we all could have guessed that marketing online to millennials is used most often. Digital forms of media are easily in our grasp with smartphones, tablets and computers. However, I was surprised that radio beat TV.

    Our poll results:

    • Online – 52%
    • Print – 7%
    • Television – 11%
    • Radio – 16%
    • Other – 14%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What features of MyNewHolland.com do you like?”

    On April 22 New Holland North America launched MyNewHolland.com, an online destination for all things New Holland and open to all farmers. Current features include the ability to create an inventory of your equipment, a section on Precision Land Management, a Configurator tool to let you design your own configuration of new equipment you’d like to order, a topical discussion on ethanol which you are invited to read and comment on and more. More features will be rolled out in the future as the community grows. As the sponsor of our weekly ZimmPoll we’d like to get your feedback for New Holland on their newest announcement.

    The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is climate change impacting agriculture?”

    Typically our ZimmPoll’s don’t have a landslide winner like this one. It is clear the majority of those who took this week’s poll believe that climate change has a strong impact on agriculture. To read more about the climate change assessment released by the White House last week, check out this recent AgWired post, EPA Chief Discusses Climate Change Report.

    Our poll results:

    • Definitely – 64%
    • Not at all – 7%
    • Maybe, but not man made – 13%
    • Nothing we can do about it – 8%
    • No idea- 4%
    • Other – 4%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is the best way to market to millennials?”

    Last week Chuck covered Animal Agriculture Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit themed with “Cracking the Millennial Code.” Marketing to the millennial generation is key, yet may need to be a little different then marketing tactics in the past. What do you feel is the best way to market to millennials?

    Is climate change impacting agriculture?

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What is the MOST important part of sustainability?”

    The environment is the number one thing on pollers mind when it comes to sustainability. The economy came in with a close second. Those resources and are utilized daily when it comes to agriculture. What are you doing to make them more sustainable?

    Our poll results:

    • Environmental – 35%
    • Economic – 28%
    • Human resources -5%
    • Public policy – 5%
    • Inputs – 0%
    • Energy – 12%
    • Other – 15%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is climate change impacting agriculture?”

    The White House released a sweeping climate change assessment this week that has a large section on how agriculture is being impacted. What do you think about that?

    Results in on 2014 Corn Planting

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Is corn planting underway in your area?”

    I don’t believe I’m overstating when I say we are all seeing a late spring. After an unusually cold winter, it’s not surprising that it lingered longer then welcome. Our poll held true to this with few in the full swing of planting. Most have just started or are waiting for the ground to cooperate.

    Our poll results:

    • Full swing – 12%
    • Not yet – 20%
    • Just started -33%
    • Ground not ready – 33%
    • Other – 2%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What is the MOST important part of sustainability?”

    Sustainability is the number one buzzword for all industries these days, especially agriculture, but the definition of the word varies. In general, it means the ability of a process or action to continue indefinitely without draining significant resources. Those resources can include everything from soil and water to inputs and labor. What do you think is most important to the long term sustainability of global agriculture?

    Is corn planting underway in your area?

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your favorite use for Easter eggs?”

    Deviled eggs is a clear winner in last week’s ZimmPoll. Personally, it is my favorite way to eat boiled eggs too. This Easter I was reminded of my husband’s family tradition of egg tapping. Each person takes a dyed boiled egg and taps the pointed end of their egg with that of another person. The last person left with an egg that is still in tact is the winner. When there is a couple dozen kids running around, this keeps them occupied for awhile. The catch is if you want to play you had better like hard boiled eggs, because when you loose you must eat it.

    Our poll results:

    • egg salad – 16%
    • deviled eggs – 37%
    • unpeeled & plain -21%
    • special recipes – 5%
    • not a boiled egg fan – 8%
    • only use plastic – 5%
    • for hunts – 8%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Is corn planting underway in your area?”

    Farmers across the country are busy in the fields. For some, planting is well underway. For others Mother Nature hasn’t quite cooperated. Let us know where you are in your corn planting.

    ZimmComm Team Looking for Summer Intern

    zimmcomZimmComm New Media is now taking applications for a summer intern. Students in the agricultural communications field interested in attending and learning how to “agri-blog” some of the most important industry events held every year should apply.

    The opportunities will include all-expense paid trips to one or more industry events where students will assist in the compiling of photos, audio, video and posting of activities on pertinent websites. Interns will learn and develop communication tools, techniques and technology to gather and distribute information through various social media channels. Per-diem and college credits may also be available.

    YES! I’m interested in learning how to do some agri-blogging. Apply here.

    Spring is running late

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Has spring sprung for you yet?”

    It looks like many across the nation are still shoveling snow. Good thing Easter weekend looks warmer for most. Here in Missouri the Dogwoods are in full bloom and the grass is getting greener by the day.

    Our poll results:

    • Still snow on the ground – 27%
    • Still too cold – 24%
    • Seeing positive signs – 18%
    • Late spring for sure – 15%
    • Same as normal – 3%
    • Too wet – 9%
    • Too dry – 3%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your favorite use for Easter eggs?”

    The incredible edible egg is in the spotlight this time of the year, but what do you do with all those hard boiled, multi-colored eggs on Monday? Eat them, toss them or watch them rot?

    Where Your Marketing Dollars are Going

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?”

    It looks like the old faithful form of print marketing tops this week’s ZimmPoll. But what is interesting is that rest of the choices were almost evenly spread across the board, with the newer trends of social media and digital marketing right up there with broadcast and direct mail.

    Our poll results:

    • Broadcast – 10%
    • Digital – 15%
    • Direct mail – 10%
    • Print – 25%
    • Social media – 15%
    • Trade show/promo items – 15%
    • Other – 10%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Has spring sprung for you yet?”

    If you haven’t got a case of Spring Fever, then you must be living in Florida with Chuck and Cindy. Here in the Midwest we had an 80 degree weekend and now are back into the 30′s. I think Mother Nature is a little confused. Are you seeing any signs of spring in your neck of the woods?

    Can Farm Movies Improve Ag’s Image?

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think farm movies can help the public image of agriculture?”

    It looks like the majority polled believe these farm movies can play a positive role in improving the agricultural industries image. Getting people to theaters to watch them might be tricky, but the old fashioned word-of-mouth advertising could be the ticket. I, personally, am eager to watch them and share with friends and family.

    Our poll results:

    • Definitely – 38%
    • Maybe – 27%
    • No – 11%
    • Not sure – 4%
    • Can’t hurt – 15%
    • Other – 5%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s the largest percentage of your 2014 marketing budget?”

    Next week is the annual Agri-Marketing Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Agribusiness/agency/media and more will be networking and participating in professional development activities. We’re pretty sure this question will be a part of the conversation.

    Ag Advocates Nationwide Celebrate Ag Day

    New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How will you celebrate Ag Day?”

    National Ag Day is nothing new to the agriculture community, but that doesn’t weaken the importance of it’s purpose. Our poll results showed an even spread of those heading to D.C. to celebrate Ag Day, participating via social media and taking a farmer to lunch. It was also evident that there were many state and local events happening nationwide. Others shared that eating good food while toasting American farmers was on their schedule. We all took part in festivities no matter big or small.

    Our poll results:

    • In Washington DC – 21%
    • State or local event – 17%
    • Through social media – 21%
    • Take a farmer to lunch – 21%
    • Other – 13%

    Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “Do you think farm movies can help the public image of agriculture?”

    National Ag Day activities were special this year because of of two great documentary films about farming. There was a private advance screening of Farmland and the national premier of The Great American Wheat Harvest for those lucky enough to get a sneak peek. There is no question we in the agriculture community need to stop sitting on our hands and tell our ag story so it is not told by others inaccurately. Are these movies doing just that? Do you think farm movies will help improve the public’s opinion of agriculture?