Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Marcellus and Utica shale: Pennsylvania still leading the way

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The applications for new Utica shale wells appear to have slowed in August, as only 38 permits were issued statewide by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Ohio Supreme Court to hear mineral rights case

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The case is gaining interest because the decision could impact landowners in Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe and Noble counties.

Canfield Fair 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aug. 28, 29 and 31, 2014 Sale Total:    $494,541.55 Total Lots:          513 STEERS Number of Market Lots: 66 Average: $2.33/pound with champions; $2.26/pound without Grand champion: Travis Pidgeon Bid: $6.30/pound              Weight: 1,370 pounds Buyer: Ace Pipeline, Inc. Reserve champion: Katie Higgins Bid: $3/pound              Weight: 1,370 pounds Buyer: Rulli Brothers Markets Junior showmanship: Emily Hemphill Intermediate […]

Looking into the crystal ball… Is an early frost in the works?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ohio’s NOAA hydrologist expects the first freeze to happen in early to mid-October.

Royalty battle: Pennsylvania landowners file $5 billion suit against Chesapeake

Friday, August 15, 2014

A $5 billion dollar class action lawsuit has been filed by Pennsylvania landowners against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and its subsidiary, Access Midstream Partners, over gas and oil royalties.

At Ag Progress Days, officials report on ag industry: Everything on target

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Speaking at Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania’s leaders agree the state of the Commonwealth’s agriculture is strong and they are willing to fight to keep it that away.

July permits: Harrison, Guernsey lead the count

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The number of permits issued in July may have been down, but drilling activity is still strong in southeast Ohio.

U.S. EPA report shows concern over fire at Statoil Utica shale well

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

OEPA report claims fracking company delayed providing information after well fire. Halliburton’s response: ‘If they had asked earlier, we would have provided the information,’

Butler Farm Show 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Several new records were set at this year’s Butler Farm Show Junior Fair Livestock Market Sale. The records were set in the steer sale, rabbits, lambs and goat divisions.

U.S. cattle: Low inventory means producers reap benefits

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

According to the NASS report, there are 95 million cattle in the United States. That is the lowest number since the report began in the 1970s.

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.

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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.