Stories by Andrea Zippay

Pigeon King gets wings clipped in Maryland

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Another state has clipped the wings of Pigeon King International. Maryland’s Securities Commissioner filed an order requesting Pigeon King International and its owner, Arlan Galbraith, show cause for doing business there. The order, filed May 19, said the state had “determined that grounds exist to allege that Pigeon King violated the registration, […]

Dairy gets monster manure pit

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Concrete manure storage pit to hold 2.5 million gallons, is one of largest in region.

Black vulture kills increasing in Ohio

Thursday, May 29, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Fairfield County cattleman Dick Kilbarger saw it with his own eyes: Eight or 10 black vultures spread in a semi-circle across his pasture, backing a cow and her newborn calf into a corner. He sat a ways back on his ATV, just watching. But when those birds got too close, got too […]

‘One horse begets another’: Jonathan Cush builds winning herd, makes mark on Belgian breed

Thursday, May 22, 2008

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — In 1989, when the oldest of John and Paula Cush’s five sons, Jonathan, was just 9 years old, a Palomino mare named Honey came into the family’s lives. A friend hauled that horse to the Cush homestead — in town, in Bolivar, Ohio — and Jonathan and his father tied the […]

Alpacas and llamas finally get livestock status, funding opportunity in Ohio

Thursday, May 15, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio truly is ‘the heart of it all,’ especially if you’re an alpaca breeder. The Buckeye State is home to 17,000 alpacas — the biggest state herd in the nation. And nationally, breeders and backyard enthusiasts own 93,000 of the fuzzy animals, according to one Ohio legislator’s research. Now, at least in […]

Washington finalizes cease and desist order against Pigeon King International

Thursday, May 15, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The State of Washington has finalized its cease and desist order against the Canadian company Pigeon King International. That state’s securities division entered the final consent order May 2. Investigation showed pigeon breeder Arlan Galbraith and his company violated the state’s Business Opportunity Fraud Act and were not registered with the state […]

Ohio changes ag security area law

Thursday, May 8, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Ohio’s farmland preservation goals have been strengthened, thanks to recent changes and clarifications to the law that lays out the Agricultural Security Area program. House Bill 289, sponsored by Rep. Tony Core of Rushsylvania, was signed by Gov. Ted Strickland April 18. What’s the concept? Agricultural Security Areas, or ASAs, allow one […]

Woman drops civil charges against Ken Wiles

Thursday, May 8, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The woman who cried ‘animal abuse’ and summoned national attention to a Wayne County hog farm has dropped her civil lawsuit against the farm owner. Ingrid DiMarino, a former employee on the Wiles hog farm near Creston, dropped her case against Ken Wiles April 30. However, Wiles may not be in the […]

Calf pool expands in western Pa.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Demand for quality beef stocker cattle has sparked renewed interest in Pennsylvania’s calf pool program. This spring, western Pennsylvania cattlemen will have the opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the state program that helps put more money in producers’ pockets. Growth The program, modeled after the successful West Virginia calf […]

BREAKING NEWS: Woman drops civil charges against Ken Wiles

Thursday, May 1, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The woman who cried ‘animal abuse’ and summoned national attention to a Wayne County hog farm has dropped her civil lawsuit against the farm owner. Ingrid DiMarino, a former employee on the Wiles hog farm near Creston, dropped her case against Ken Wiles April 30. DiMarino has up to one year to […]

Washington takes action against Pigeon King International

Thursday, May 1, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The state of Washington has ordered Arlan Galbraith and his company, Pigeon King International, to cease and desist operations there. Washington’s securities division filed the order March 19 after it determined the company violated the state’s Business Opportunity Fraud Act. Any company that offers a business opportunity in that state must register […]

Planting a new crop: Ag educator rebuilds FFA program, wins national award for efforts

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SMITHVILLE, Ohio — Learning the steps to the scientific method — predictions and tests and controls and formulating hypotheses — can be downright complicated and boring. But not in Tony Stoller’s classroom. In the agriscience lab at Smithville High School, the educator walks his students through the process one step at a time as they […]

Hurry up and wait: Use rain delays to make planting and crop decisions, experts say

Thursday, April 24, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Rain showers. Tile washouts. Mud. Thanks to Mother Nature, you’re already falling behind schedule with spring tillage and planting. In the past week, farmers have been spotted chisel plowing, planting oats and making progress across parts of the Farm and Dairy coverage area. It’s been slow going, though, with USDA data showing […]

GreenEnergyTV spotlights green work

Thursday, April 17, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Craig Zamary says he’s passionate about the environment. The 30-something from Mahoning County, Ohio, drives a hybrid Toyota Prius and uses geothermal energy to heat his home, which is filled with energy efficient appliances. He calls his office in the Youngstown business incubator green, too: With only a laptop and telephone, he’s […]

Swope lauded by United FFA members

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

HANOVERTON, Ohio — Surprised chapter parent Sarah Swope was presented honorary member status when the United FFA met for its annual awards banquet April 3. More than 150 chapter members, parents and supporters gathered at the United Local school to review the past year’s activities. The honorary member degree is presented to recognize the efforts […]

Northwest Pa. group still pushing for ethanol plant

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Keystone Ethanol Energy Producers’ sites under consideration are in the Keystone Industrial Park and the Greenville Reynolds Industrial Park.

Ohio farmer, others volunteer to help with tornado cleanup

Thursday, March 27, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — Three weeks ago, Allan Morrow didn’t know Lucille Watson or Mark Beeler or anyone else in Hartsville, Tenn. But he did know there were farmers there — people just like him — who’d seen their homes and farms devastated by February tornadoes. And he knew he had two hands that could help […]

Dairy farm discovery: ‘We caught the creature’

Thursday, March 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — “It’s sort of like a pony, kinda like a deer, and has this goat thingy on its neck.” That’s how a surprised Paula Bardo describes the nilgai, the fugitive exotic animal caught on the family’s Columbiana County dairy farm last week. Did you see it? Residents of southwestern Mahoning County and northwestern […]

Pigeons point to Ponzi scheme

Thursday, March 13, 2008

SALEM, Ohio — The Iowa Attorney General‘s office has wrapped up its most recent investigation of Pigeon King International, the Canadian-based pigeon breeding company, and warns potential breeders to look twice before signing with the company. Demands Late last year, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller demanded PKI owner Arlan Galbraith provide various details about his […]

Storms cause power outages and crop damage

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Homes and farms in several areas were without electricity for hours or days, and crop producers have noted damage from the storm.


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About Andrea

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