Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

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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.

Late wheat harvest could jeopardize hopes for a second crop

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SALEM, Ohio — The question for many farmers is: Should we or shouldn’t we? Wheat With this year’s wheat harvest about two-three weeks behind normal, farmers must now gamble over whether to plant a second, “double crop.” Ralph Wince,a grain merchandiser with Agland Co-Op, said he estimates that 90 percent of the wheat harvest in […]

Trumbull County Fair Livestock Sale Results 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 12, 2014 Sale Total:    $237,657.65 Total Lots:          229 STEERS Number of Market Lots: 16 Average: $3.67/pound with champions; $3.62/pound without Number of Carcass Lots: 9 Average: $4.13/pound with champions; $4.75/pound without Grand champion: Luke Culp Bid: $4/pound              Weight: 1,364 pounds Buyer: Casey and Greg Machak Reserve champion: Chloe Williams Bid: $4.05/pound              Weight: 1,1.94 pounds […]

Mercer County Safety first, farm work second

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MERCER, Pa. — As the summer heats up and the list of tasks on the farm grows, some farmers take shortcuts to safety in order to get the job done faster. Safety Day The Penn State Extension-Mercer County office held Safety Day July 10 to remind everyone, including youth, that safety should come first. The […]

Marcellus and Utica shale drilling permits: Monroe County is drilling hot spot

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported 25 new permits were issued for drilling in Monroe County during June.

Ohio court update: Holmes County decision partly overturned

Monday, July 7, 2014

The appellate court ruled the trial court overstepped its jurisdiction by ordering a well to be plugged.

Funding offered to improve housing in Pa. areas impacted by gas drilling

Friday, July 4, 2014

Funding to address housing needs comes from Marcellus Shale impact fees.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Production nearly doubles in Ohio

Thursday, July 3, 2014

With the increase in horizontal Utica shale wells coming online, production has nearly doubled in Ohio.

Columbiana County: Grandstand construction is moving forward

Thursday, June 26, 2014

LISBON, Ohio — Contractors have begun erecting the steel that will be part of the Columbiana County Fairgrounds’ grandstand project. “Everything looks like it’s on track,” said Columbiana County Fair Board President John Wolf. The grandstand is expected to be in place for this year’s fair, which opens July 28. Wolf said the steel erector […]

Grape grower got more than an education in Farm and Dairy

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gene Sigel found his calling in the pages of the Farm and Dairy.

Firth Maple Products: More than maple syrup

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Firth Maple Products offers more than syrup, it also offers forestry services.

Oil and gas well unitization: ODNR chief makes the final decision

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Being forced into unitization, may not be a bad thing for landowners wanting surface land protection.

Sweet corn fields provides growth opportunity for Akron students

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

22 students from the New Frontier Academy are getting lessons in marketing and hard work this summer.

Hopeway Dairy Farm: Always looking to the farm’s future

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hopeway Dairy has built their dream barns from the ground up.

Marburger Farm Dairy: Milk production and pride

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EVANS CITY, Pa. — Marburger Farm Dairy is not just an outlet for the milk production from the Marburger family’s dairy cattle, but a market for farmers’ milk from several counties in western Pennsylvania. Jim Marburger, current president of Marburger Farm Dairy, has spent his life keeping the family business going strong in western Pennsylvania […]

Utica and Marcellus shale: Report shows drillers plan to be busy in southeastern Ohio

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Permits for horizontal drilling in the Utica shale are beginning to pinpoint where the sweet spot in the Utica shale may be located.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Efficiency and design are vital to well output

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The common point of Hart Energy’s 2014 Marcellus Utica Midstream conference was that it takes time, technology and the right completion design to get the most out of the Utica and Marcellus shale wells.

Drillers give updates on where they and their plans stand

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Consol Energy Consol Energy will begin drilling its 9,000-acre leasehold around the Pittsburgh airport in August. The company plans to drill 8,000 feet laterals on the wells and expects production to start flowing from the airport acreage in early 2015. It has also developed a partnership in the Marcellus shale with Noble Energy. The company […]

Who owns the mineral rights? The Ohio Supreme Court may decide

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court is being asked to define how the Ohio Dormant Minerals Act from 1989 and 2006 interact.

Shale court battles: One loss and one settlement in the works

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A Jefferson County farmer lost his court battle with the Hess Corporation in May. However, other area landowners may benefit from another court fight that has a proposed settlement on the bargaining table. David Cameron, a Jefferson County dairy farmer, lost the legal battle over his oil and gas lease in the […]

Energy independence is at the top of the list at Pa. oil and gas conference

Thursday, May 22, 2014

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pennsylvania is moving in the right direction — that was the feeling speakers shared at the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association’s Eastern Oil and Gas Conference held May 13. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley described the United States as being in an energy revolution and the Marcellus shale is one component of […]

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