Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Stark County: Hard work and love make dreams come true for Schmuki Dairy farm

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Schmuki dairy began as the American dream and now it continues as the dream profession for Mike Schmuki, who was honored as Stark Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2010 Conservation Farmer of the Year.

Igniting a pastime one light at a time

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More than 160 lanterns later, the fire in Greg Diehl still burns for lanterns.

Mercer and Auglaize County farmers: If you raise livestock, better update your manure management plans

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CELINA, Ohio — Most producers knew it was coming, but now it’s here: The Grand Lake St. Marys watershed has been designated as “distressed.” The Ohio Department of Natural Resources designated the watershed in distress Jan. 18 after a recent analysis because of unprecedented algal blooms in 2009 and 2010. The designation means that farmers […]

Community raises funds for Carroll Co. extension agent

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Community members and businesses raise the $25,000 necessary to bring back the OSU Extension Office to Carroll County.

NCBA agrees to pay back $217,000 to Beef Checkoff Program

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A letter dated Jan. 7 was sent to the USDA outlining resolution between the CBB and the NCBA.

Details emerge in court over alleged fraud at Eastern Livestock Co.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The allegations of fraud made by Fifth Third Bank may prove to be true for the Eastern Livestock Company.

Judge denies early release for former OFU treasurer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — The former treasurer of the Ohio Farmer’s Union and the wife of Putnam County Sheriff Jim Beutler will not be getting out of prison early. According to the Putnam County Clerk of Courts website, a judge denied early release Dec. 30 for Kathy Beutler, of Columbus Grove, Ohio. Beutler had filed a […]

2010: Year in review: Conklin Farms: Horrific video leads to dairy farm employee conviction

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Conklin Farms: Horrific video leads to diary farm employee conviction MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The man who was seen on an undercover video in May poking cows with pitchforks, hitting them in the head with metal bars and punching young calves pleaded guilty to six charges of animal cruelty Sept. 24 in Marysville Municipal Court. Billy […]

Marcellus Shale 2010: The year the gas boom came to the region

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Marcellus Shale 2010: The year the gas boom came to the region SALEM, Ohio —Before this year, many Ohioans probably had never heard of drilling through the Marcellus Shale fro natural gas. That was then. Now, you can hear people whispering about the prospects, good and bad of the drilling almost everywhere in the Buckeye […]

2010: Year in Review: Zehringer appointment

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Governor-elect appoints Zehringer to be ODA Chief COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich selected state Rep. Jim Zehringer to serve as the director of agriculture in his new administration. Zehringer is currently serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is the former owner of the Meiring Poultry and Fish Farm in […]

2010 Harvest: Early planting brought early harvest for many

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Harvest: Early planting brought early harvest for many WOOSTER, Ohio — 2010 brought a great harvest season to grain farmers across the region. The best weather patterns, combined with an early planting, brought an early harvest to farmers. Buckeye State. In Ohio, the corn yield was up, while soybean and winter what yields were […]

2010: Milk market to blame for bankruptcy at Vreba Hoff

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TOLEDO — Rabo AgriFinance now owns several Vreba Hoff Dairy farms as Southern Michigan Dairies LLC. The bank is now running Vreba Hoff I, Vreba Hoff II and the Waldron Dairy. In addition, Van Ham Dairy LLC, a 2,200-cow dairy in Continental, Ohio, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court […]

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: Board forms and moves swiftly though 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board: Board forms and moves swiftly through 2010 COLUMBUS — Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board were named and went to work soon after, in the spring of 2010. After a series of meetings to hear from the public across the state, the group defined its purpose and went […]

2010 brings more money woes to OSU Extension

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 brings more money woes to OSU Extension CARROLLTON, Ohio — Funding for OSU Extension in many counties was a victim of the weak economy. Carroll County 4-H ended right after this year’s county fair and Jackson County is also facing a similar fight, and both counties failed to grain voter approval for funding through […]

2010 Eastern Livestock: The aftermath of bad checks continues to hit cattle market

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Eastern Livestock: The aftermath of bad checks continues to hit cattle market SALEM, Ohio — More than $130 million has been lost by 743 cattle producers and sellers after Eastern Livestock Company came up short in their bank account in November. Checks begin bouncing in early November after cattle were sold at sales and directly […]

2010 Tornado: OARDC rebuilding after tornado destroys research

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 tornado: OARDC rebuilding after tornado destroys research WOOSTER, Ohio — Rebuilding continues at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio, after a tornado touched down Sept. 16. The OARDC is known as the nation’s largest research center of its kind — 400 or more people can be found there […]

2010: Year in review

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 is a year that many in agriculture will not soon forget. Here is a look back at some of the stories that have touched the ag community.

Ohio Farmers Union: $1.2 million lawsuit filed in embezzlement scheme

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ohio Farmers Union: $1.2 million lawsuit filed in embezzlement scheme SALEM, Ohio — The former treasurer of the Ohio Farmer’s Union and the wife of Putnam County Sheriff Jim Beutler was sentenced to three years in jail. She is now asking for early release from the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. Kathy Beutler, of […]

OSU Extension may be returning to Carroll County as early as this spring

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Fundraising is under way to gather $17,000 to fund the OSU Extension office in 2011.

Marcellus Shale: Pennsylvania targets natural gas drilling boom with new regulations

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two new regulations were passed in Pennsylvania in 2010.

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About Kristy

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fosterk96.