Stories by Andrea Zippay

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

Build or bust: Dairies, suppliers seeing strong growth

Thursday, July 24, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Freestall and feeding barns bigger than football fields. Brand new parlors, double-12s and larger. Bulk tanks to hold 6,500 gallons of milk. Drive across the Ohio countryside and you’ll see these are no longer the stuff dreams are made of. Despite sky-high feed and fuel costs, farmers across the region are pulling […]

Carroll County Junior Fair Auction Results

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

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

The Blueberry Patch: Couple turns hobby into Ohio’s largest blueberry farm

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MANSFIELD, Ohio — A quarter-century ago, Steve and Lisa Beilstein never thought they’d be where they are at this very instant: seated among customers in the garden-style tea room and gift shop they operate alongside Richland County’s The Blueberry Patch, Ohio’s biggest blueberry farm. Their success is perhaps surprising for a couple with no farm […]

Gary Lee Bishop

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

AKRON — Gary Lee Bishop, age 67, passed away July 12, 2008, at Akron City Hospital after a four-month battle with cancer. Mr. Bishop was born Jan. 3, 1941, in Ravenna, Ohio, and was a lifelong resident of Edinburg. He owned and operated Bishop Tractor Sales in Edinburg until he retired in 2004. He was […]

Trumbull County Junior Fair Auction Results

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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

Pigeon King owes $23 million

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More details have emerged regarding the financial status of the defunct Pigeon King International and its bankruptcy proceedings. In a statement signed June 26, PKI owner Arlan Galbraith revealed debts of more than $23.5 million to breeders and vendors across the U.S. and Canada. Galbraith sent a letter to breeders telling them […]

Pigeon King International: Breeders struggle to get rid of pigeons

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Randy Snyder took his time researching the Pigeon King International breeding opportunity before he jumped in with both feet and his entire life’s savings. That was in December 2007, when he signed a $50,000 contract with Arlan Galbraith and his Pigeon King International business. His brother bought a contract, too, and the […]

ODA concedes in fight with egg farm

Thursday, July 10, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture has ended its two-year fight with Ohio Fresh Eggs and says it will not appeal a court ruling that keeps the central Ohio egg farm in business. Pingpong In late May, the 10th District Court of Appeals in Franklin County sided with the egg farm to end […]

Bankruptcy filing says Pigeon King owed $23 million

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More details have emerged regarding the financial status of the defunct Pigeon King International and its bankruptcy proceedings. In a statement of affairs for the company, signed June 26, PKI owner Arlan Galbraith revealed debts of more than $23.5 million owed to breeders and vendors across the U.S. and Canada. Galbraith revealed […]

Ohio passes revamped line fence law

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio’s fence law — the bane of many unneighborly fights that resulted in bad blood, gunfire or calls to the sheriff — was updated last week in an effort to make the law more clear-cut and easy to swallow. Gov. Ted Strickland signed H.B. 323 into law June 27. The legislation, proposed […]

Pine Hill Meats: Former butcher jailed for drugs

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Former Pine Hill Meats butcher shop owner John W. Schneider has been sentenced to 18 months in jail on two felony drug counts. The order came June 20 from Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Judge David Tobin. Sentence Tobin sentenced Schneider, 59, to six months in the Lorain Correctional Institution for possession […]

Ohio gets new ag, equine license plates

Thursday, July 3, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Starting next month, Ohio farmers and horse lovers can outfit their automobiles with license plates that will let everyone know their interests. Ohio House Bill 293, which goes into effect Aug. 14, allows Ohio motorists to purchase license plates depicting Ohio agriculture, Ohio sustainable agriculture, and Ohio’s horse. Ag plates The Ohio […]

OSU President E. Gordon Gee visits Carroll County’s McKarns family

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Carroll County cattleman and grazier Earl McKarns, left, hosted Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee on Shamrock Vale Farm June 19. Gee visited the farm as part of his whirlwind statewide tour and to recognize McKarns as an Ohio Professional Beef Producer. A plaque for the award was presented on behalf of the Ohio […]

UPDATED: Pigeon King goes bankrupt

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Originally posted 6/20/2008 at 11:20 a.m. EST: SALEM, Ohio — What once looked like a high-flying and profitable opportunity — a business sold under the promise to save family farms — has crashed to the ground. Arlan Galbraith filed for bankruptcy on his Pigeon King International pigeon breeding business June 17. The voice mail box […]

Morning Star Fiber mill turns wool, alpaca fleeces into profitable wares

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Skip to Slideshow APPLE CREEK, Ohio — About once a week, a stranger peers through the door at Morning Star Fiber. Just curious, they say to owner Karen Christensen when she spies them. I drive by here all the time, but I don’t know what you do. If it happens to be a down day, […]

Pigeon King International bankrupt

Thursday, June 19, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — What once looked like a high-flying and profitable opportunity — and sold under the promise to save family farms –seems to be crashing to the ground. At least one Ohio breeder has confirmed rumors Arlan Galbraith has filed bankruptcy on his Ontario-based Pigeon King International pigeon breeding business. Lucy Burkholder, whose husband […]

Buy local, eat local: Food-borne illnesses are driving consumers to find food closer to home

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — In the past few weeks, Joy Weaver’s gotten pretty good at reading minds. Inside Catalpa Grove Farm Market, near Columbiana, Ohio, Weaver and other employees know just what that customer lingering near the tomatoes is wondering. Are these safe? Where are they from? “It’s almost like you’ve got to post a sign […]

Business Profile: Greier Ag Center

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Farmers’ needs and wants are still Greier Ag Center’s priority.

Business Profile: Richard T. Kiko Agency Inc.

Friday, June 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Say ‘Kiko,’ think real estate. All real estate. If a parcel exists — anything from a shopping center or industrial building to a residential corner lot or farmstead — the Richard T. Kiko Agency Inc. can sell it. The company, based in Canton, specializes in all kinds of real estate transactions, not […]

Pitt agricultural entrepreneurship program: Linking farmers and resources for success

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — More than 10 years ago, on the way home from his county’s first-ever farmland preservation meeting, Pennsylvania farmer Craig Sweger had an epiphany. “We can buy the development rights to every single acre of every farm in Washington County, but there will still be no farms unless we preserve the farmer.” That […]

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