Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Program expansion in Pennsylvania means drought protection for farmers

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Program expanded in Pennsylvania to give producers protection against drought in their pasture and hayfields.

Dairy barn may have fallen, but not the spirit at Crawford County Fair

Thursday, August 5, 2010

MEADVILLE, Pa. — The two-year old dairy barn lost in last year’s winter weather won’t be replaced in time for the Crawford County fair, but dairy exhibitors will still have a place to call home for the fair’s run. Two tents will replace the Heritage Hall Dairy Barn at this year’s fair to house dairy […]

Issues brewing between the NCBA and CBB over how beef checkoff funds are spent

Friday, July 30, 2010

A controversy erupts over expenses billed to the Beef Checkoff program.

Carroll County to host statewide cattlemen’s roundup

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Editors note: The registration deadline has been extended to Aug. 13.

Summitcrest Farms: Genetics is future of cattle business and the future is now

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SUMMITVILLE, Ohio — Summitcrest Farms are leading the way in a new frontier of the cattle business: genetic testing. History The current Summitcrest Farms began as 160 acres purchased by the late Fred Johnson, although his father farmed before him. Johnson later co-founded Certified Angus Beef, and served as the first treasurer and second chairman […]

One-man operation is successful with planning in heat synchronization

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CARROLLTON, Ohio — A one-man operation that started with 10 cows in 1990 has now grown into a 200-head cattle herd. Background John McKarns grew up on a dairy farm, but decided he wanted something different. He new he wanted to be involved with livestock, but didn’t want to milk cows. So he set out […]

Green Haven Farm: Deep roots

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rusty and Lisa Grubbs pride themselves on continuing the family farm.

Shamrock Vale Farms: Transition

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CARROLLTON, Ohio — Shamrock Vale Farms started out in the dairy business, but eventually made its way into the Angus industry. Years later, the farm is getting ready to make another transition. History When Earl and Nedra McKarns got married 53 years ago, they started Shamrock Vale Farm with 12 milk cows and 137 acres, […]

Burgett Angus Farm: Self-sufficient cattle with good temperaments

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Burgetts concentrate on a 100-mile radius to market their cattle, which includes Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Ohio association takes wait-and-see attitude on new California egg law

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Time will tell how Ohio egg producers will be impacted by a California law designed to stop eggs produced from battery cages from entering the state.

Harrison County Fair 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The grand champion steer brought $2.40 a pound and the reserve champion steer brought $2.15 a pound despite a rainy Friday evening.

Reactions vary from ‘livable’ to ‘ignored voters’

Friday, July 9, 2010

SALEM, Ohio — Mixed emotions are being expressed about the announcement that Ohio farm groups had reached an agreement with the Humane Society of the United States regarding issues of animal welfare. The one common denominator among everyone was the surprise. The negotiations were known to only a few before the June 30 announcement. Buys […]

2010 Trumbull Co. Fair; Ohio Proud Fair

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Find out who topped the junior fair market livestock competitions at this year’s Trumbull County Fair.

Compromise reached: HSUS will not be heading to the ballot this November

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gov. Strickland said a compromise is good for Ohio agriculture and animal welfare.

Business profile: Simmons Grain

Thursday, June 24, 2010

By KRISTY FOSTER SALEM, Ohio — Simmons Grain is making an investment not only in its business but in the area’s grain farmers. The grain operation is in the middle of a $750,000 expansion project this year that will result in upgrades and better efficiency. The construction should be complete by July. The company […]

Business profile: Lamb and webster

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pennsylvania business brings together farm technology and service By KRISTY FOSTER GROVE CITY, Pa. — A Pennsylvania tractor and implement dealer may have only been at the location for a year but it brings a lot of history and dedication to technology. Lamb and Webster began in 1960 with its first location in Springville, […]

Ohioans for Humane Farms says it has necessary signatures for ballot

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ohioans for Humane Farms is reporting it has gathered the minimum number of signatures needed to get its livestock care standards initiative on the November ballot.

Hay tagging system gives grower, end user future possibilities

Friday, June 18, 2010

The complete cost for the Hayboss G2 system will cost around $15,300.

Stark County couple working to keep farming in the family

Friday, June 18, 2010

The future of the Wentling farm lies in the hands of the next generation.

Marcellus shale boom making its way to Ohio? Only time will tell the story

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ohio seems to be trailing Pennsylvania in the number of permits issued for Marcellus shale gas wells.


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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