Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Ohio Beef Expo 2011- Sale and show day

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ohio Beef Expo 2011 The barns are full of people and cattle. Lots of talk and chatter about bloodlines and how much cattle are going to sell for in the auction ring today. Here’s a glimpse of what is happening so far:

Ohio Beef Expo 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Some shots of the breed shows that were held March 18. The shows included Hereford, Shorthorn and Murray Grey cattle. The cattlemen kept busy preparing for the display and then showing off their hard work. Ohio Beef Expo:

COBA Select Sires: A genetic matchmaker of sorts

Thursday, March 17, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — The farm lane is lined with a welcoming committee. It appears a group of cats has gathered in the drive, waiting on Andy to get here for his daily routine. There are two barns visible, both filled with cattle, and Andy points to the large freestall barn where we are going. The […]

Gene Cooper Farms: Change is the only constant at this growing Pa. grain facility

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Gene Cooper Farms started out with capacity for 25,000 bushels. Today, it has more than 300,000 bushel total capacity.

Kasich announces cuts in ag department, Extension, ag research

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennium budget includes a 9 percent cut in the general funding to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and cuts of 10 percent to OSU Extension and 10 percent to the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in fiscal year 2012.

A healing place: Farming has a hand in recovery for those suffering from mental illness

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Hopewell Farm looks like many farms in rural eastern Trumbull. As you come up on the farm, you see a barn, a pasture and horses on this wintry day. But that’s just what is on the outside. It’s what’s inside that is much more valuable to those who live there.

With only a shovel and wheelbarrow, Beagle Hills Farms becomes a reality

Monday, March 7, 2011

Farming is a journey that is only beginning for Beagle Hill Farms.

Innovative Farmers of Ohio: Sustainable ag success requires thinking outside of the box

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bob Perry, University of Kentucky, talks about why win-win relationships in sustainable agriculture are so important.

MacDaddy: It’s a power trip

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Julia Conny is only 19 and she already likes the feeling of power. That is, she likes the power of her 9300 Super Farm pulling tractor, MacDaddy. Conny is one of the few women in the tractor pulling sport. This year, she was also one of the few who received an invitation […]

Agriculture changing as Marcellus Shale drilling gains ground

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tom Murphy, Penn State University extension educator for Lycoming County, sat down Jan. 26 for a one-on-one interview with the Farm and Dairy.

Murphy is co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

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 […]

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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.