Stories by Andrea Zippay

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

Keep switchgrass in mind for biomass uses

Thursday, February 5, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Camelina isn’t the only alternative biomass crop that makes sense in this area. Ernst Conservation Seeds, based in Meadville, Pa., is pursuing development of markets for warm season grasses that can be used as biomass, with special emphasis on varieties that can work in this region, according to the Dan Arnett, […]

Vet check: A look at the shortage of food animal vets

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Recovering from a flurry of phone calls and swamped workdays — problem calvings, twisted stomachs, downed cows — Jason Marteney sees today as a welcomed break. Just a few stops on his schedule, a few scrubs of his boots and candid chats with farmers, and he’ll be home free. The young veterinarian, […]

Camelina crop may save the day for northwest Pa. farmers, landowners

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — A rather low-budget, low-input crop may be a boon to northwest Pennsylvania farmers. Camelina sativa, an oilseed from the Brassica family, is a valuable crop for biofuel production. Already in production in Crawford County, with a demanding market in place nearby, camelina is poised to be a real moneymaker. Spread the […]

No-till pioneers from two continents highlight tillage conference

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Nearly 150 farmers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York interested in no-till farming gathered to share their knowledge and pick up some new tips at the 12th annual Tri-State No-Till Conference last week in West Middlesex. Franke Dijkstra, a pioneer of no-till farming in Brazil, and Steve Groff, billed as Pennsylvania’s […]

Building fences in the bayou ’til the cows come home: Volunteers help rebuild Texas ranches

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SALEM, Ohio — Chip, a Texas cattleman, bragged to Jesse Dotterer and the handful of others visiting his Anahuac, Texas, ranch. Years of selective breeding had paid off in the herd he managed with his wife, Jean, and her twin sister, Janet. The cattle were resistant to bayou mosquitoes, suited for the area’s grasses, and […]

Organic food co-op raid sparks court case against health department, ODA

Friday, December 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Legal action has been taken on behalf of a Lorain County farm family that says a raid on their property earlier this month violated their constitutional rights. The Buckeye Institute‘s 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit Dec. 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court […]

Ohio agriculture state of the state: A view from the farm

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Looking back over the past year brings one phrase to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” That’s according to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs, who shared an overview of the past year in agriculture during a seminar at the Ohio Farm Bureau […]

A friend of the farmer

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown received a Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the Ohio organization during its annual meeting Dec. 3-5 in Columbus. The award is given to legislators who have supported important agricultural issues. Brown serves on the Senate agriculture committee, marking the first time an Ohioan has done that in nearly half a […]

Jefferson County couple wins Ohio Farm Bureau’s young farmer award

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — A Jefferson County couple who has tweaked a successful farm business to stay profitable and in business was lauded as Outstanding Young Farm Couple last week during the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation‘s annual meeting. Robert and Autumn Morrison of Bloomingdale will represent Ohio next month at the national contest during the American Farm […]

Ohio Farm Bureau makes changes to memberships, youth program

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COLUMBUS — With blessing from county delegates, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation staffers will push forth in 2009 with the state’s plan to implement a changed timeline for signing new members. Some 341 county delegates convened in Columbus Dec. 3-5 to recommend policy and amend code of the organization. During more than a day of policy […]

Ag economy: Wreck or pot of gold?

Monday, December 8, 2008

COLUMBUS — It came as no surprise when economists said in late November that the American economy is, indeed, in the throes of recession. Has been for nearly a year, they asserted. And the public just laughed, almost congratulating the government for seeing what most average Joe’s pocketbook was already showing. But for one section […]

Simmons adds 190,000 bushels storage

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Customer demand for more space allowed Simmons Grain Company, on the south side of Salem, to recently complete a massive expansion. According to Jeff Simmons, who owns and operates the business with his family, the new equipment includes three storage bins, a load-out bin, new grain dryer and dump pit, and a […]

Another fair season down in the books

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Southwestern Pennsylvania fair exhibitors earned highest bids across region; new records set in hogs, steers.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

California bans gestation crates, hen cages; which state is next?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — What happens in California doesn’t necessarily stay in California — and that should have farmers nationwide waiting with their eyes wide open. In this week’s election, Golden State voters passed an initiative that bans several tried-and-true ag production tools, including gestation crates, laying hen cages and veal crates. Ag groups on the […]

Who’s who after Election Day

Thursday, November 13, 2008

See how the 2008 election will affect the Obama Administration’s Cabinet positions, as well as the balance of power in the House and Senate. Former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns, who resigned from his position in September 2007 to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate, was elected to that position. He succeeds Sen. Chuck Hagel, […]

Ag groups give input to Obama, Biden, on where to go from here

Thursday, November 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — No matter if they appeared to support him during the campaign or not, many ag groups have issued statements in the past week regarding Barack Obama’s historic election as the 44th President of the United States. Here, their thoughts on what issues are most important to the new administration, and where the […]

Don Smith, City of Ravenna lauded for conservation efforts by Portage County SWCD

Thursday, November 13, 2008

RAVENNA, Ohio — Farmer Don Smith and the City of Ravenna were applauded for their natural resource conservation efforts when the Portage Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual meeting Nov. 6 at the Maplewood JVS. Cooperation Smith, who farms near Rootstown with his wife, Pam, was recognized for years of working with the […]

Fed files anti-trust lawsuit to block beef merger

Thursday, October 30, 2008

If merged, JBS would become the largest U.S. beef packer, with price implications on the farm and at the grocery store.

N-P-K nightmares: Fertilizer prices force farms to cut back

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The price of anhydrous ammonia is up 55 percent. Straight urea, up 67 percent. Potash isn’t cheap either, up 55 percent. And those are just the increases recorded in the last six months. There have been astronomical increases across the board in fertilizer prices in the past months, and reason enough for […]

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