Iowa Caucus & Agriculture

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your planting intentions prediction for 2016?”

Are you still debating what will inhabit your fields this growing season. If so, it’s crunch time. It looks like many will be planting more soybeans this year or keeping it similar to 2015.

Here are the poll results:

  • More corn, less soybeans – 7%
  • Less corn, more soybeans – 7%
  • More corn and soybeans – 6%
  • More soybeans, less corn – 27%
  • Similar to last year – 27%
  • No idea – 26%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Do Iowa Caucus results reflect ag views?

In a new Agri-Pulse poll of how U.S. farmers and ranchers plan to vote for president, respondents overwhelmingly said they’ll support a Republican, and 40 percent of those are Trump supporters. That compares to 15 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz, 11 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio and 10 percent for Ben Carson. Now that we have the Iowa Caucus results, do you feel they are a reflection of agricultures view?

Planting 2016 – Willing to Make Predictions?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think of new dietary guidelines?”

Referring to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, many of those who took our recent poll feel nothing has really changed from past dietary guidelines and even more simply don’t care.

Here are the poll results:

  • Fair – 0%
  • Nothing new – 37%
  • Good news – 0%
  • Disappointed- 0%
  • Who cares? – 63%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your planting intentions prediction for 2016?

Planting season is getting closer and with lower prices and farm income down, the question is what will be planted this year? We’ll just focus on corn and soybeans and ask, what do you think?

Top 2016 Ag Issues Preview

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you expect to be the top ag issue of 2016?”

We have been discussing the 2016 presidential elections for nearly a year already and it will only increase. When it comes to agriculture it should be one of the most talked about issues. So, I am not surprised to see it top our poll. We also had many chime in with milk prices, climate change and immigration. All important agricultural issues impacting our ag community.

Here are the poll results:

  • Trade – 13%
  • WOTUS- 0%
  • GMO labeling – 27%
  • Presidential election – 40%
  • Biofuel expansion – 0%
  • Other – 20%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What do you think of new dietary guidelines?

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are to encourage Americans to adopt a series of science-based recommendations to improve how they eat. What do you think of them? How will they impact how we grow/raise food?

What Ag Issue Will Top 2016?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What was your top ag story for 2015?”

We have a variety of responses to this week’s poll. COOL repeal jumped to the top, but many of the others were trailing closely. And many of these hot button ag issues will follow us into 2016.

Here are the poll results:

  • TPP – 11%
  • COOL repeal- 28%
  • Avian flu – 6%
  • RFS proposal – 17%
  • Low commodity prices – 11%
  • WOTUS – 22%
  • Equipment sales down – 5%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What do you expect to be the top ag issue of 2016?

2016 has already started with a bang with the announcement of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. And as each week goes by, we will continually add to the list of important agricultural issues impacting each segment of the industry. I don’t have a crystal ball, but if you do please share what you expect to be the top ag issue in 2016.

Vote For Top Ag Story in 2015

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your favorite food/drink gift?”

I am still stuffed from all the holiday food I consumed and still unpacking a plethora of gifts. Food and drinks are always great gifts to give and receive. It looks like fruit and wine topped this poll.

Here are the poll results:

  • Fruit – 33%
  • Candy – 0%
  • Cookies – 1%
  • Bread – 11%
  • Popcorn – 0%
  • Wine – 33%
  • Other alcohol – 11%
  • Variety baskets – 0%
  • Other – 11%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What was your top ag story for 2015?

We are about to wrap up a very busy 2015 when it comes to agriculture news. We have compiled a list of some top stories we have been busy covering throughout the last 12 months. Which one do you feel topped your list? Was it some involving trade, animal ag, crops, policy, etc?

Pollers Wonder Climate Accord’s Role for Ag

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think climate accord will mean for ag?”

It looks like the majority feel that climate accord will add to the already over-abundant regulations or is simply bad for everyone. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the COP21 deal will support a “better-nourished, stable, secure future” and the benchmarks “build on the ambitious climate smart strategy being implemented by U.S. farmers, ranchers and foresters.” No matter how you feel, the climate discussion isn’t going anywhere as we enter 2016.

Here are the poll results:

  • Meaningless – 10%
  • Good for farmers- 5%
  • More regulations – 35%
  • Good for everyone – 20%
  • Bad for everyone – 30%
  • Other – 0%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your favorite food/drink gift?

‘Tis the season for yummy gifts of goodies to eat and drink – which is probably why we always end up gaining a few pounds over the holidays! So, what is your favorite food or drink to get or give as a gift during the holidays?

What’s Climate Accord Mean for Ag?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do we need any more gun control laws?”

The latest Islamic terrorist tragedy which occurred here in the United States is being used by many politicians to call for more gun control. But do we need it? Well over half of our pollers believe more gun control isn’t the answer. Some commented stronger background checks are needed.

Here are the poll results:

  • No, too many now – 40%
  • No, current ones not enforced – 37%
  • Yes, but only via Congress – 5%
  • Yes, no matter what – 14%
  • Other – 4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What do you think climate accord will mean for ag?

We have spent the last couple of weeks anticipating the announcement from negotiators from nearly 200 countries about the landmark climate accord being discussed at the Climate Change Conference in Paris. But what does this announcement mean for agriculture? Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the COP21 deal will support a “better-nourished, stable, secure future” and the benchmarks “build on the ambitious climate smart strategy being implemented by U.S. farmers, ranchers and foresters.” Do you believe the climate accord is meaningless, adds to more regulations or simply good/bad for everyone?

Biofuel Volumes – Many Opinions

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s your opinion of EPA rule for biofuels volumes?”

Last week the EPA released a final rule for biofuels volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014-2016, which increased the obligations for refiners to use ethanol, biodiesel and advanced or cellulosic biofuels. It looks like voter opinion is all over the place. Many still fill the increase in levels wasn’t enough and others think it was a good compromise.

Here are the poll results:

  • Not enough ethanol – 32%
  • Not enough biodiesel- 23%
  • Bad for livestock producers – 14%
  • Good compromise – 27%
  • Good for environment – 4%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Do we need any more gun control laws?

The latest Islamic terrorist tragedy which occurred here in the United States is being used by many politicians to call for more gun control. But do we need it? According to a CNN story about a Pew Research study gun homicides have declined drastically in the last twenty years. Coincidentally, gun ownership is way up. When we are “at war” with terrorism does it make sense to reduce gun availability for law abiding Americans? What about our constitutional rights? The rhetoric seems to be at a fever pitch with lots of misinformation floating around on social media. Of course that’s nothing new to those of us involved in agriculture!

Does EPA Biofuels Rule Measure Up?

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Does your agribusiness/operation have a crisis communications plan?”

There is no doubt agribusinesses, farms/ranches and agriculture organizations need to be proactive in communicating our products to our consumers. I was a little shocked that a small majority believe they have no need for a crisis communications plan. In my opinion, you can never be too prepared.

Here are the poll results:

  • Yes – 33%
  • No, but needs one – 28%
  • No, don’t see a need – 39%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your opinion of EPA rule for biofuels volumes?

The EPA has released a final rule for biofuels volumes under the Renewable Fuels Standard for 2014-2016, which increased the obligations for refiners to use ethanol, biodiesel and advanced or cellulosic biofuels. While it is an increase over the proposed rule, some in the agriculture and biofuels industries say it still does not measure up to the intent of Congress, while others are mostly satisfied, and still others believe it goes too far. What do you think?

Consumer Food Opinions & Mass Media

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What’s mass media’s impact on consumer food opinion?”

This poll made it clear that mass media does impact the opinions consumers have on food. Is this a good thing or bad? It seems good news doesn’t make front page. How do we get consumers to look at the science behind the food they eat? Maybe that should be an upcoming ZimmPoll.

Here are the poll results:

  • Big – 71%
  • Small – 19%
  • None – 0%
  • Doesn’t matter – 10%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, Does your agribusiness/operation have a crisis communications plan?

Consumers are more interested than ever about our diverse food supply. We as an agriculture community have a great challenge when it comes to communicating in an ever-changing world where information is just a click away. Agribusinesses and farming/ranching operations need to be proactive in communicating with the consumer. Do you have a crisis communications plan set in place? Have you had to use it?