Morning Ag Clips collects in one place breaking local and national agricultural news every day. We give farmers, ranchers, industry leaders, advocates, educators, and friends of farming the quick one-two on agriculture happenings delivered through our website or state-by-state e-blast. We are America’s #1 Daily Ag News Source. Our sister company, Farmhouse Communication, offers a wide array of communications services, including creation and distribution of content for press releases and newsletters, meeting and event planning, association management, coordination with federal and state agencies, and more. For more information, go to farmhousecommunication.com.
MEET THE TEAM
Kate Ziehm, President of Morning Ag Clips, is originally from New Hampshire, and graduated in 1997 from Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and a concentration in Business Management and Marketing. While attending Cornell she was a member of the Cornell University Dairy Judging Team, President of the Cornell University Dairy Club and was the recipient of the 1997 Richard M. Kossoff Business Planning & Entrepreneurship Award.
Kate began her agricultural career in dairy farming. She was a very active member in 4-H, showing dairy cattle and competing at state and national dairy judging and Quiz Bowl competitions. Throughout high school and college she worked as a large animal veterinary technician in a private practice. After graduation Kate worked for Cargill as a dairy nutritionist. After having children she turned her efforts to motherhood while she broadened her knowledge and understanding of agriculture, growing and marketing pumpkins at her pumpkin and fall harvest stand as well as breeding and marketing a small herd of alpacas.
Kate currently resides in Greenwich, NY with her 3 boys; Tyler, Jacob, and Samuel.
If you don’t stop her, Brittany is the kind of person who will happily spend thirty minutes rambling about heirloom tomato varieties and seed saving before realizing she’s put half the room to sleep. The other half, she hopes, is chatting right along with her (because come on, who doesn’t love tomatoes?).
Besides being excited about farming – she’s got a Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture from University of Vermont and owns a tiny farm – Brittany has a background in both the publishing and media industries. She’s worked with everything from eBooks to television the past few years, living all over the Northeast U.S. in the process. At Morning Ag Clips, Brittany combines her passions to bring you the latest agriculture news, issues and editorials.
Aubrey Bemis-Winch married into agriculture. She was surprised to find that people live in places where food cannot be ordered for delivery (not even pizza!), but finds that she likes to bottle feed baby animals.
Aubrey studied English at Washington College on Maryland’s eastern shore and continued her education in the humanities at New York University, from which she earned her Masters. She lives in upstate New York where she is an editor for the Morning Ag Clips.
Stephanie is the office chameleon – changing her focus and workflow to fit the ever-changing needs of the associations the team supports. And she still has a finger on the pulse of the Morning Ag Clips business too!
Stephanie graduated from the best two-year Journalism program in the nation at Morrisville State College with an A.A.S., which she used to complete a B.S. in Corporate Communication from Ithaca College. These days she works on the team supporting our association clients, from writing and managing content to meeting and event planning and everything in between. Stephanie is on top of the details and strategizing the big picture at the same time.
Stephanie lives in Greenwich, N.Y., with her husband, daughter Caroline and son Rogan, Schnoodle Max, and some laying chickens and beef steers. The family expands every spring when the broilers arrive.
Patrick spent the first part of his career working in public relations for several colleges and universities intercollegiate athletic programs.
He moved into landscaping, specifically, turf management on a golf course and maintaining a 22-clay-court tennis club.
He spends as much time he can in the woods, as an active member of the Rochester trail running community and hiking in the Adirondacks.
Patrick was also a graduate of the best two-year Journalism program in the nation at Morrisville State College; he completed his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Sport Management at SUNY Brockport.
He lives in Ontario, N.Y., with to his wife, Elizabeth, and her flower and vegetable garden.
Kyle Sharp brings a wealth of personal and professional agricultural experience to Morning Ag Clips in his role as editor of the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois editions.
Sharp grew up on a dairy and crop farm in Fairfield County, Ohio, and still lives on the farm, where he has managed the dairy activities of the third-generation family operation since 2012. He also oversees hay production and raises replacement dairy heifers.
From 2001 to 2012, Sharp was editor of Ohio’s Country Journal, a statewide agricultural publication. Previously, he worked as an associate news editor for the Section of Communications and Technology within the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture and agricultural communication from Ohio State University.
Sharp has three children, Aaron, 17, Sara, 16, and Kylee, 8. The older two are active 4-H and FFA members, and all three help with farm activities. He also is an elected member of the Amanda-Clearcreek Local Schools Board of Education, and serves on the boards of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau and Heidelberg Church in Stoutsville.
Kathleen Wanner has spent most of her adult life immersed in language. As the parent of a deaf son, she immersed herself in learning American Sign Language and spent twenty years as an interpreter in Vermont’s public school system. In a “mid-life crisis” moment, she went to school to get a degree in English and a masters’ in Technical Communication. As a freelance technical writer, Kathleen produced marketing collateral, policy and procedure manuals, and user documentation. In 1997 she answered a newspaper ad for a web content manager and went to work for Ghostwriters Communications. After working for the company from 1997-2006, she became partner and vice president of GWC, Inc. Kathleen has been the Executive Director of Vermont Woodlands Association and the Tree Farm program for the last dozen years as well as past Executive Director of the Vermont Wood Works Council. She’s also a member of the Working Lands Enterprise Board representing woodland owners. She still loves language, whether diving into the minutiae of a grant application or schmoozing with the public at fairs and events. She also enjoys her home in the woods in Chittenden that she shares with husband George, knitting, crossword puzzles, and her growing family – great grandson born in 2018 will be joined by great granddaughter in 2020.
Christa grew up on a horse farm in Greenwich, NY. Eventually her family sold the farm, but, Christa has always been an animal lover by volunteering at a local no-kill shelter in Albany where she lived for many years. Christa moved to the Boston area, but of course her roots took her back to her love of Greenwich, just after 2 years away.
Christa brings a wealth of experience to Morning Ag Clips with all her hands-on knowledge in all her endeavors. From paralegal, to payroll to managing an office, treasurer for her son’s swim team, Boy Scout troop and being a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop; Christa thrives on staying organized and focused. Just ask her family, they will tell you that Mom loves everything in its place and getting everyone where they need to be!
Elisa grew up living on Cossayuna Lake doing all the fun things a girl could do, from swimming and fishing to walking through the woods with her favorite dog. And with a grandfather who ran a tree farm on nearby Willard Mountain, enjoying what nature has to offer only comes natural to Elisa.
With an AAS in marketing from Alfred State and a BA concentrated in Economics and Italian from UAlbany, Elisa went to work for a demolition and remediation company domestically and internationally.
Now with a family full of boys, dogs, and cats, she has the time to enjoy gardening with her husband and playing with her kids. She will pickle and can just about anything that comes out of their garden and will share happily with friends.
Margaret grew up on her family’s farm, raising chickens, pigs, beef cows, and, Margaret’s personal favorite, dairy cattle. Margaret now owns a small herd of Ayrshire cattle with a few Brown Swiss thrown in there, too. Some of Margaret’s earliest agriculture memories are collecting eggs from the chickens, milking in the parlor, and showing her first calf, Sweetheart, at the local county fair.
After high school, Margaret continued pursuing her love for agriculture at SUNY Cobleskill, where she received an Associates degree in Ag Business and a Bachelors degree in Animal Science.
Margaret is still home on the farm in Greenwich, NY, milking in the same parlor, but now getting to milk a few of her own cows when she’s not busy with social media, eNewsletters, ad design, and whatever other tasks come up.
Oatman, Director of Barketing
As our Director of Barketing, Oatman greets all visitors to the office with a swift wag of his tail. He hails from the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, where he was Treat Manager before finding a position with the Morning Ag Clips.
Oatman is also the official Break Coordinator, making sure employees rest their eyes and keep mobile while working at their computers.
He is proficient in several commands, including Leave It, Stay and High Five.
Trixie, Director of Pawsitivity
Trixie Belden Ziehm, named after the book series, came to the Morning Ag Clips as a puppy in the spring of 2016. She has played a very important role in our organization since. She brings everyone up that comes in contact with her, mesmerizing them with her soft brown eyes. Trixie is often found moving from desk to desk offering up a warm soft surface for the team to pet. She takes her role with the Morning Ag Clips very seriously and willingly greets all those that walk through our door with wags and wiggles from head to toe, looking fondly into the eyes of all that lay a hand on her. Always searching for that tummy rub, her happy demeanor can’t help but put a smile on everyone’s face. She is also great at multi-tasking, cleaning the floor up after every coffee break, working lunch, or business meeting, she is never far from her duties. We are happy to have her on our team.
PO Box 24
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Greenwich, NY 12834
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