SALEM, Ohio — Fred Hippely has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Columbiana County Farm Bureau.
Hippely, of Salem, Ohio, has been involved with farming all his life. He farmed with his grandparents, Fred and Angelina; his parents, Art and Marquerette; and uncles and brothers, Jim, Rich, Mark, Bob, Denny and Kevin. They farmed crops and marketed chickens, eggs, hogs, Jersey cattle and other dairy products.
In the early 1960s, Fred and his brother, Bob, bought a farm on state Route 9, 10 miles south of Salem, where they milked Jerseys and Holsteins. They eventually built a herd of Holsteins that included 75-100 milking animals and 75 head of youngstock. They also farmed 800 acres of crops. This farm was sold in 1978.
In 1979, Fred and his wife, Susan, along with their children, Dawn, Barry and Sandy, bought a 100-acre farm on McCann Road. Their son, Art, was born in 1983. They milked 35 Holsteins and farmed 140 acres, with Fred working off the farm. Most of this property was sold in 1989.
Today, Fred and Susan live on 16 remaining acres from that farm and have 40 acres by North Georgetown and do crops on shares (150 acres total). Hay is the main crop, along with corn, soybeans and small grains.
The Hippelys have five grandchildren.
Fred has worked in several ag-related businesses. He was an artificial insemination technician for Curtiss and Carnation breeding services, a seed salesman for Moew’s Seed Co., and a mechanic and salesman at Rheil Farm Equipment. Fred now works as a salesman at Homer Unkefer Equipment.
Fred is a 4-H volunteer and supports the Columbiana County Junior Fair. He is an adviser of the Just Rite 4-H Club and the Columbiana County Dairy Club. Fred also served as the county 4-H king during his days as a 4-H’er.
He is a charter member of the United Young Farmers, Columbiana-Mahoning Holstein Club, District II Holstein Club and the Ohio Holstein Association. He has been a Butler Township trustee and served as president of the Columbiana County Township Trustee and Clerks Association. Fred also loves to pull tractors and is a member of the Columbiana County Antique Tractor Association.
A longtime member of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau, Fred realizes the importance of having an organization that backs the agricultural community. He has received a Star Award and been a delegate to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting several times.
Fred has been a part of the Membership Committee and served as Membership Chairman for many years.
The Columbiana County Farm Bureau recognized Fred during its annual meeting Sept. 11.