Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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.

Eastern Livestock files bankruptcy after Fifth Third Bank files lawsuit

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The bankruptcy filing comes after Fifth Third Bank, of Cincinnati, filed a lawsuit Nov. 10 against Eastern Livestock.

Dr. Temple Grandin: Opening barn doors may be best way to improve agriculture’s image

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One of the first topics Grandin covered was how important it is to see things from an animals perspective.

GIPSA, Justice Dept. still investigating Eastern Livestock

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Kentucky cattle producer speaks out against Eastern Livestock.

Proposed GIPSA rule makes procurement process more transparent

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Proposed rule could cost livestock industry as much as $1.6 billion.

GIPSA: The good, the bad and the unknown

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Proposed rule could cost livestock industry as much as $1.6 billion

Carroll County 4-H backers trying to find some way to keep program going

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Many in Carroll County are hoping funding can be found for OSU Extension office or 4-H program.

Receiver appointed for Eastern Livestock

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SALEM, Ohio — After a total of $94 million in unpaid livestock transitions, the Eastern Livestock Company of Albany, Ind., is facing some legal woes. Lawsuit filed Fifth Third Bank, of Cincinnati, filed a lawsuit Nov. 10 against Eastern Livestock Co. The bank’s court filing included, among other things, a motion for the emergency appointment […]

OFU files lawsuit to regain over $1 million in embezzled funds

Monday, November 8, 2010

Former Ohio Farmer’s Union Treasurer Kathy Beutler could file for judicial release at the end of November, but the OFU is seeking $1.2 million in damages in a new suit.

Former Vreba Hoff farms transfer ownership

Saturday, November 6, 2010

SALEM, Ohio —  The good news: Staff at Vreba Hoff Dairy farms in southern Michigan won’t lose their jobs. The bad news: Rabo AgriFinance now owns the farms as Southern Michigan Dairies LLC. The transfer of ownership was effective Nov. 12, according to the Lenawee and Hillsdale County Registers of Deeds. The move was an […]

OSU Extension reaches out to voters, but offices may still be closing

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Carroll County has already closed its office and ended its 4-H program, and now Jackson County may be next.

Roundtable gives producers opportunity to speak their minds

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Producers share their thoughts on the FSA office and how the federal government can help their farms.

Rabo AgriFinance starts foreclosure on Vreba-Hoff Dairy

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Court action has been filed to recover $55 million in debt from Vreba-Hoff Dairy Development and six farms associated with them.

Mapleside Farm: The key to organic farming is crop management

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Organic is the only way to go. At least that’s what Mapleside Farm in Geauga County believes.

Marcellus Shale: Leases signify business partnership

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In Ohio, Washington, Belmont and Jefferson counties are the first to have Marcellus Shale gas wells developed.

ODA launches investigation into resale of Jefferson Co. grand champion lamb

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Everyone’s trying to figure out how the Jefferson County grand champion lamb avoided slaughter as required by law.


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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