Stories by Andrea Zippay

Ohio Farm Bureau launches new Center for Food and Animal Issues

Monday, May 18, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — A new initiative of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will help farmers and the public sort through the debate about the role of animals in society. The newly launched Center for Food and Animal Issues will operate as an outreach and education department of the state Farm Bureau, according to executive vice […]

Ag groups: EPA harming biofuels industry

Thursday, May 14, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The Environmental Protection Agency is touting its newly proposed renewable fuels standards as earth-saving and job-creating, but ag groups are looking at the plan with raised eyebrows, calling the agency’s goals unattainable and a harm to the domestic biofuels industry. “You are going to kill off the biofuels industry before it ever […]

Voters save Morrow Co. 4-H program

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Morrow County voters have approved a five-year tax levy that will allow the county’s Ohio State University Extension office to remain open. The 0.5 mill levy passed 3,245-2,609, or about 55 percent to 44 percent, according to unofficial board of elections results, during last week’s primary. The levy is expected to bring […]

Wayne County meeting to gauge interest in starting year-round local food market

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers and food producers from Wayne and surrounding counties are invited to get in on the ground floor of a new year-round farmers’ market in downtown Wooster. A meeting will be held to gather ideas and share details of the new project, called Local Roots Market and Cafe, May 4 at 7 […]

Another program offers $2.5 million in farmland preservation funds

Friday, April 24, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers can now apply to receive cash payouts in return for preserving their properties forever. Farm landowners can work with their township trustees, county commissioners or land trust group through May 27 to apply for a share of $2.5 million to be awarded through USDA’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. […]

Report reveals farmers, ethanol not to blame for high food prices

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — American farmers deserve an apology, and leaders of the American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy are calling on Congress to make sure that happens. The demand comes on the heels of a government report issued earlier this month that admits American farmers and the still-blossoming […]

Ag groups bypass EPA in effort to get pesticide permitting thrown out

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — The American Farm Bureau Federation and CropLife America last week bypassed the Environmental Protection Agency, asking to have the courts review a ruling that would require permits for pesticide use on farms nationwide. In early January, the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said common farm pesticides are pollutants and will require […]

Ag groups push EPA to fight courts on pesticide application ruling

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

[Corrected April 1, 2009, 11:45 a.m.] SALEM, Ohio — Farmers who apply pesticides on fields near waterways may soon need permits to do so. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which says pesticides are pollutants and will require farmers to secure a Clean Water Act permit before […]

An old concept, a new interest: Farmers find drainage work now can pay high dividends at harvest

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — One dairy farm, unable to harvest any crop from a specific field for years, now routinely gets 175-bushel-per-acre corn for silage from it. On another farm several counties away, yields in a small riverbottom field jumped from 30 bushels per acre to a whopping 205 bushels per acre last year. They’re both […]

Flooded land eligible for easements

Friday, March 20, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Time is running short for landowners to sign up for a new USDA program that will offer them up to $30 million in easement payments. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — the most recent economic stimulus package — will pay landowners who […]

No surprises: Congress hears ag groups argue NAIS implementation

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Dissent and disagreement within the agricultural community about the future of the national animal identification program came through loud and clear during Congressional hearings last week. Animal identification, lauded by some farm groups as absolutely necessary to protect the food supply and criticized by others as a flawed program that will threaten farmers’ […]

From beans to blooms: Motts Greenhouse boasts variety of flowers, veggies for gardeners

Friday, March 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ohio — Last week, on a 50-degree day, Josh Moore celebrated the coming of spring by carrying hundreds of flats and planters full of pansies from their shelter at Motts Greenhouse, arranging them into rows in the sunshine. It’s only March at the Motts operation just east of Louisville — there’s admittedly not much […]

Budget crunch hits Ohio State University Extension

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — No one is safe from hard-hitting money woes, and this week, another victim came forward: Ohio State University Extension. State budget cuts will eliminate roughly $3.6 million of the state Extension purse now through June 2011 and have forced a massive restructuring and workforce reduction in the state Extension system. “OSU Extension […]

Sugarcreek auction fined $162,800 for equine violations

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Leroy Baker Jr., owner and operator of Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, has been fined more than $162,000 by the USDA for violating equine transport laws. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) filed a complaint against Baker in March 2008, alleging he violated the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.

Humane society: Ohio, here we come

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio farmers, you’ve had your warning. The Humane Society of the United States — the group who’s successfully outlawed hen cages, veal crates and gestation stalls in California, Arizona and Florida — has its eye on doing the same in the Buckeye State. The organization sent representatives to Columbus in February to […]

Temple Grandin helps ranch expand humane certification

Thursday, March 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Temple Grandin, renowned author, livestock facilities designer and proponent of animal well-being, is lending her name to a labeling program that guarantees sustainability and humane animal treatment. Grandin unveiled the program, which she’s calling Dr. Temple Grandin Certified, Sustainable & Humane, in early February. It applies only to the Niman Ranch line […]

Pennsylvania program: Want free money? Sell carbon credits

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — It’ll be one of the easiest ways you’ll ever make money off your farmland. That’s what’s being said about carbon credit trading, and farmers in eight Pennsylvania counties have the chance to be among the first in the Keystone State to get involved and profit from doing, well, nothing. Pilot Gary Swan, […]

Crawford County, Pa.: Let’s talk about the future of agriculture

Friday, February 20, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Diversified farms and soil types. Plenty of moisture. Optimism about the future. Farmers of all ages, plus agribusiness and political leaders, said these were the good things going for agriculture in Crawford County, Pa. But those who turned out over the past couple weeks for public discussions on the topic also identified […]

Only a farmer’s love …

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mahoning County farmer Ed Schaefer Jr. decided to skip the flowers, chocolates and mushy card for his wife, Jen, and made a more public statement last weekend for Valentine’s Day. “There’s no better way to say ‘I love you’ than with a load of manure, is there?” he joked. Schaefer spread his love — and […]

Sweet Harts: Nuts and chocolatey confections replace syrup as Hart family signature

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BURTON, Ohio — Pecan turtles, the gooey caramel and nut confections dunked in dark or milk chocolate, are piled in the showcase. Decadent truffles drizzled with thin wisps of pink chocolate rest nearby, bordered by golden trays of peanut butter buckeyes almost as big as grapefruits. It’s every chocoholic‘s dream to be surrounded by pound […]

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Former staff reporter Andrea Zippay wrote for Farm and Dairy from 2001 to 2009.