Stories by Andrea Zippay

The ag credit crunch: Loans still available, but low interest rates not

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers probably will not have trouble securing operating loans and farm capital after the most recent financial crisis, but when they do, they’ll be paying more for them. That’s according to Larry Davis, vice president of the KeyBank Food and Agribusiness Team, a $100-million lender in the Great Lakes region. “The availability […]

Reward now $8,500 for fire information

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The Columbiana County Farm Bureau is getting involved in the hunt for the person or people responsible for torching two barns near Wellsville. Last week, the Farm Bureau offered up a total $3,500 reward to anyone who gives information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the two […]

Always a farmer at heart: Cattleman finds lifelong dream on Jefferson County hillsides

Thursday, October 16, 2008

HAMMONDSVILLE, Ohio — Herman Howell leans off the gas pedal and lets the shadow of his F-250 creep across the ridge, barely moving along the wire fenceline. The setting sun casts its last rays onto the yellow-orange and bright red maples and oaks, letting their blackened outlines hide the herd of black Angus cows grazing […]

L.J. Hay fire ruled as arson

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Two blazes that robbed Wellsville-area farm families of bank barns earlier this month are still under investigation, but the state ruled last week the September fire that claimed three barns and hundreds of tons of hay and straw at L.J. Hay in Kensington was, indeed, arson. It was previously reported that the […]

Suspect fires claim barns in Columbiana County

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Two Oct. 2 barn fires are the latest in a string of suspicious fires across southeastern Columbiana County; locals are crying arson.

Winery wins Mahoning SWCD award

Thursday, October 2, 2008

CANFIELD, Ohio — Last year, only 24 people attended the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual dinner banquet. District administrator Kathi Vrable-Bryan, in her first year in the position, knew something had to change in order to get more residents to turn out to see how the district’s hard work and outreach affects everyone […]

Last of Ohio’s state nurseries to close

Thursday, September 25, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The last of Ohio’s state-run nurseries — a long-standing source for millions of tree seedlings that rebuilt Ohio forests — is set to close. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources earlier this month proposed closing the Marietta State Nursery, citing increased costs coupled with a steep decrease in seedling sales over the […]

Eastern Ohio cattlemen put heads together for beef feeder marketing

Thursday, September 18, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — A cattle marketing project in the works for some time is finally a reality for eastern Ohio producers. So far, 22 producers have signed up for the new Farm Fresh Feeders from Eastern Ohio project, a joint effort between the Tri-County Feeder Calf Association and OSU Extension in Harrison, Jefferson and Carroll […]

Jimita Holsteins: Family, teamwork make dairy farm run

Thursday, September 11, 2008

STRASBURG, Ohio — In the summer of 1995, Karen Rowe packed work clothes and a new pair of boots and left her classmates in the Ohio State ATI dairy science program for a 10-week stint on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Until then, she’d never worked on any dairy except the one owned by her parents, […]

2008 Canfield Fair livestock auction results

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Find out who topped the livestock competitions, and see if you’re in a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Canfield Fair.

Ag Progress Days: Vegetable oil looks like tractor fuel

Thursday, August 28, 2008

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — The future looks rosy for a blue tractor that’s pulled away from the diesel fuel pump in favor of a new and experimental fuel: vegetable oil. New Holland and Penn State researchers proudly displayed their brainchild, a NH T7060 that runs on straight vegetable oil — the same kind you use […]

Experts: Spend gas well money wisely

Thursday, August 28, 2008

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — “Are there too many zeroes behind that number?” It’s a question Penn State Cooperative Extension educator Robin Kuleck stopped asking — wondering if that $200,000 natural gas lease she was reviewing was really supposed to read $20,000, or maybe just $2,000 — after she learned the potential income behind natural gas […]

Rita and Pinky: Pink Farmall stands for something

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WARREN, Ohio — Get over it, Rita Kibler says. Get over the fact that she’s a female tractor puller, one who frequently tops the competition, and one who happens to sit atop a custom-painted pink Farmall. Get over it, she says, because it’s not just a tractor. It’s a healing tool she uses to get […]

Ag Progress Days 2008 in photos

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

See our collection of photographs taken at the 2008 Ag Progress Days.

Portage County Randolph Fair auction results

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions, and see a slideshow of photos taken at this year’s Portage County Randolph Fair.

‘Smacking good’

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Auctioneer John Kiko, who calls bids at the Portage County Fair livestock auction, got a bit more than he bargained for during last week’s junior fair steer sale. Kiko was the top vote-getter in the junior fair board’s ‘Kiss a Cow’ fundraiser and got to pucker up …

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: Preserve brings green burials to Ohio

Thursday, August 21, 2008

WILMOT, Ohio — Many a farmer has lived day in and day out in his or her blown-out leather work boots, holey blue jeans, and tattered shirts and hats that should have been retired long ago. And many of those same people have joked that their attire is so second-nature, so “them,” they’d be buried […]

Trumbull Farm Bureau celebrates year

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Recipients of Trumbull County Farm Bureau’s Tom Schwartz Environmentally Friendly Farmer award were David and Becky Lynn and Roland Wildman. The awards were presented during last week’s annual meeting.

P. R. Miller: Man preaches recycling through unconventional and controversial art

Thursday, August 14, 2008

AKRON — In six decades, P. R. Miller has called many places home: Mars, a scrapyard and town landfill, a Stark County farm, an outdoor art studio in south Akron. And for the past year, Miller has made himself at home in a place no one else has for years. The eccentric yet earthy character […]

USDA takes next step toward COOL

Monday, August 4, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Like it or not, mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) is coming your way. The USDA issued its interim final rule for the program July 29, which leaves time for public comment toward the program’s final operation, but allows COOL to go into effect, as planned, Sept. 30. Covered. COOL, which has […]


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About Andrea

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