Stories by Ann Wishart

Birdsong Farm: Community, environment are top priorities

Friday, June 13, 2014

In Hiram, Ohio, Birdsong Farm owner, Matt Herbruck, says: “I realized I needed to do a job I felt good about at the end of the day.”

A little bit of everything: Ohio farm goes for different breeds

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

JEFFERSON, Ohio — Diversity, sustainability and self-sufficiency are words to farm by for Ralph and Connie Rice of Jefferson. From sheep without wool to short-legged cows, from the maple sugar shack to Connie’s quilting machine, Riceland Meadows is a farm marching toward as much independence as anyone can achieve on 73 acres. The unwoolly woolies […]

Geauga County farmers weigh energy projections

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CHARDON, Ohio — Dale Arnold, director of energy services for the Ohio Farm Bureau, spoke glowingly of the future of farm-produced energy March 27. Since last summer’s gas prices exceeded $4 a gallon and helped bring the economy down, people have become far more attuned to the need for domestic fuel and energy sources, he […]

Portage County: Garmiers showcase farm-made fuels, lubricants at Ag Day event

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

HARTVILLE, Ohio — Renewable Lubricants Inc., operating out of the farm of Bill and Jackie Garmier, is one of those family agriculture stories that gives farmers hope. Starting with the same vegetable oil found in the kitchen cabinet, the Garmiers, using his years of experience in petroleum lubricant development and her business background, have built […]

Polchin family honored at Ashtabula County Dairy Banquet

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WILLIAMSFIELD, Ohio — The Polchin family of Cherry Valley, recognized by the Ashtabula County Dairy Service Unit as the Farm Family of the Year, represents both the past and the future of farming in the U.S. John and Ruth Polchin and their son and partner Tony, 44, accepted the Dick Johnson Award plaque at the […]

Talking market strategy in Ashtabula County

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nothing in the commodity market has been any less predictable than grain prices over the last three years, according to Tim Gildersleeve, who grows about 1,200 acres of grain and forage on his Austinburg farm.

Harley hog heaven

Sunday, July 20, 2008

FAIRPORT, Ohio — Doug Leikala’s garage is a monument to Harley Davidson, and his home isn’t left standing in the dust, either.

FirstEnergy line location still up in the air

Monday, April 21, 2008

A revived proposal to run FirstEnergy’s 138-kilovolt transmission lines along an abandoned railroad grade might offer a glimmer of hope to farmers and landowners along Route 528 in Geauga County. The corridor for the 80-foot-high wooden poles and wires was first proposed about 10 years ago and is called the Rachel Route. It starts on […]

Equine Affaire 2008: So much to see, so little time

Monday, April 14, 2008

Anyone with the slightest interest in horses would have enjoyed the four-day equestrian banquet at last weekend’s Equine Affaire in Columbus (April 10-14). It would be hard to imagine a more diverse collection of experts and professionals than those who filled the schedule any given day. Cool, sometimes damp, weather did not deter the crowds […]

Renaissance man turns his passions into rewarding careers

Thursday, February 14, 2008

MEADVILLE, Pa. — There’s a lot more to auctioneering than a gavel, talented patter and a crowded room. To survive and thrive in the auction world, an auctioneer needs to be familiar with the inventory, read the crowd and recognize a trend as it grows. After more than a quarter of a century as an […]


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About Ann

Farm and Dairy contributing writer Ann Wishart lives in Newbury, Ohio. A graduate of Youngstown State University with a long career in the newspaper industry, she is also an accomplished equestrienne.