Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

New hearing dates announced for Hilcorp application

Monday, March 31, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Department of Environmental Protection announced that the hearing sessions on an application for gas well spacing units, or spacing order, received from Hilcorp Energy Co., have been scheduled for May 7 and May 8. “We successfully secured a delay in order to ensure the public was properly informed on this important […]

USDA reports record growth in organics

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Retail sales of organic products were valued at $35 billion last year.

Rowe farm: Change is what keeps it moving along

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Today, Rowe, 76, has 40 cows in his herd and he sells feeder calves that are mostly Angus crosses.

Shale industry: Bringing change to eastern Ohio

Friday, March 21, 2014

If communities had to do it over, would they have planned more for what the shale oil and gas future holds?

Grape producers: Winter’s cold takes toll on vineyards

Thursday, March 20, 2014

One winery with vines in Ashtabula and Lake counties claims it will have 100 percent bud kill on the vinifera.

Ohio Holstein Convention: Auction totals $244,325 from 71 lots

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

There were 71 lots that totaled $244,325, for an average of $3,441.20.

Predicting the future: Farmers rolling dice with crop insurance

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Most farmers say they would farm without crop insurance, but it makes their lives a little easier. Without the backup of crop insurance, they say, their business and livelihood might not survive. Kristy Foster-Seachrist examines how Ohio farms are using, or not using, the program.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Permitting tempers in Ohio in Feb.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Harrison County is leading the way for the number of Utica shale permits issued in the state of Ohio.

Ohio Beef Expo: The trade show is growing again

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Ohio Beef Expo takes place March 14-16 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.

Cache Valley virus hits Ohio flocks

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cache Valley virus causes infertility, abortions and congenital abnormalities in sheep. This year, there has been an increase in the number of cases diagnosed and reported by Ohio sheep producers.

Pa. bill protects landowners’ royalties

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

One oil and gas driller has come under fire in Pennsylvania for excessive royalty deductions, but proposed state legislation could protect landowners in a similar position.

Climate change or just the winter? Experts sound off on what they think

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Another polar vortex is set to invade the northeastern part of the United States at the end of the week Feb. 24.

Legislation for West Virginia veterans ag program looks promising

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A bill introduced into the West Virginia Senate and a companion bill in the House is designed to give a helping hand to veterans who want to farm.

Traffic on the river is moving, but slow

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grain barges are moving through the Ohio River system, but they face weather-triggered delays.

Marcellus shale: Chesapeake comes under fire for extra post-production costs

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chesapeake Energy is under scrutiny by top Pennsylvania officials, after Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Chesapeake about its business practices involving royalties.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Many want severance tax funds to come back to affected communities

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A third plan for the proposed severance tax may be on its way to the Ohio Statehouse.

Pero Dairy: Family, farming and community life

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EAST CANTON, Ohio — Imagine being responsible for six children, 132 dairy cattle and 400 acres on a daily basis. Some would say it is daunting to even think about it. But Randy Pero and his wife, Kristy, say it’s a life they wouldn’t trade for anything. After all, their love story started when they […]

Propane shortage may be waning, but price concerns aren’t going away

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

U.S. propane inventories are nearly 44 percent lower than a year ago, and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average U.S. price for propane hit a record two weeks ago, up $1.05 to $4.01 a gallon. The propane supply is rebounding, but it is going to cost consumers.

Utica and Marcellus shale: Carroll and Harrison counties still leading the permit list

Thursday, February 6, 2014

In the Utica shale, there are 40 drilling rigs. There are now a total of 1,061 permits issued and 697 wells drilled.

Shale oil and gas development: Infrastructure, investments on the way

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Estimates for new infrastructure costs in Ohio’s Utica shale range from $6 billion to $15 billion per year through 2020.

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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.