Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

USDA modifies mandatory COOL rule

Friday, May 24, 2013

The final COOL rule issued by the USDA requires the origin designations of muscle cut meats to include information about where each of the production steps (i.e., born, raised, slaughtered) occurred.

2012 Utica shale production results: Infrastructure in progress; ‘best is yet come’

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — As the Ohio Department of Natural Resources released its annual report of well production results May 16, many are getting the feeling that Ohio needs to be patient and build the infrastructure in order to see the true production results of some wells. There have been 660 horizontal permits issued by the […]

Gardner Farms: A love for the environment and family

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Far off the beaten path in southwestern Pennsylvania, stands a farm with a sign on an outbuilding displaying one of its proudest achievements: 2012 Farmer of the Year for the Washington County Conservation District.

Marcellus and Utica shale update: Carroll County continues to lead in Utica shale drilling in Ohio

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Carroll County continues to be the drilling hub in the Utica shale in Ohio. During April, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 24 permits for wells in Carroll County. All of the permits issued were to Chesapeake Exploration.

Marlington High School: Horticulture program gives students hands-on lessons

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hidden behind a green gateway at the Michael Bach Landscaping Project at Marlington High School stands a treasure for the eyes and mind.

USDA and EPA: Report shows no definitive reason for honey bee colony collapse disorder

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The USDA and the United States EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health May 2. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

HSUS forms new Ohio Agriculture Council

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The HSUS claims the Ohio Agriculture Council will foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship.

U.S. EPA: May deadline for Spill Control and Containment Plans on farms

Thursday, April 25, 2013

EPA deadline looms for Spill Control and Containment Plans on many farms.

Judge denies summary judgment; Chesapeake headed to court

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Judge determines the use of hydraulic fracturing can constitute trespassing.

What could the explosion in the city of West mean to farmers this spring?

Friday, April 19, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — As the town of West, Texas, begins to unravel what went wrong and resulted in an explosion at a fertilizer plant there, some are left to wonder what the last impacts could be on the spring planting season and future fertilizer supplies. Background The explosion occurred around 7:50 p.m. central time April […]

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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.