Stories by Kristy Foster Seachrist

Youngstown meeting doesn’t give exact answers to earthquake questions

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

YOUNGSTOWN — Without a doubt, injection wells in Ohio will continue to be a hot topic in the future. Youngstown Mayor Chuck Sammarone convened a public meeting of the city of Youngstown public utilities committee Jan. 11 at the Covelli Center in Youngstown. Area residents came in the hopes of finding out some information about […]

Elder brothers feel that change is what will keep their family farm going

Thursday, January 12, 2012

In an effort to make the operation profitable, the Elder brothers have turned their attention to grazing their cattle.

Seismologist says little doubt that injection well caused earthquakes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

YOUNGSTOWN — Just to be clear, it’s probably not the fracking that is causing earthquakes in the Mahoning Valley, it’s the brine byproduct being pumped into a separate well, according to a seismologist studying the situation. Injection well Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer ordered a halt to operations Dec. 30 at a […]

Brunton Dairy target of two lawsuits blaming milk and ice cream for illness

Monday, January 9, 2012

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. — Two people who claim they were stricken with severe illness after drinking milk from Brunton Dairy have filed lawsuits against the western Pa. dairy. Lawsuit specifics Henrietta F. Kretzler and her husband, Walter P. Kretzler, of Leetsdale, Pa., filed a lawsuit Nov. 12 after Henrietta reportedly spent three weeks in the intensive […]

Failure to file 1099 tax forms could be problem for farmers in 2012

Friday, December 23, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — If you are a farmer and want to write off the cost of the custom hay baling you had done this summer, you may want to get your hands on a 1099 tax form from the Internal Revenue Service. Dave Miller, an enrolled agent with the Wright Law Co. in Columbus, said […]

Rabies is not something of the past — it remains a problem in Pa.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

GROVE CITY, Pa. — A vaccinated dog may be your best insurance against rabies on your farm. Dr. Karen Martin, a veterinarian with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, said cattle out on pasture are at risk for rabies because of the potential for exposure — partly because of their curiosity toward creatures in the pasture […]

GIPSA files complaint against Sugarcreek Livestock Auction

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SUGARCREEK, Ohio — Sugarcreek Livestock Auction owner Leroy H. Baker Jr. may be in trouble for allegedly violating the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act but what he wants everyone to know is that there’s a lot more going on at the business than what meets the eye. According to a news release, the U.S. […]

Protesters urge a slow down in Marcellus drilling

Thursday, December 1, 2011

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Protesters outside Youngstown’s Covelli Center Nov. 30 wanted the Utica and Marcellus shale drilling to slow, but the feeling inside was that it is moving full steam ahead. The public filled the sold-out trade show and a stage area where speakers talked about the jobs that lay ahead for the area, the […]

Local food movement is helping this local farmer make a living

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Miller Livestock Co. is a family operation raising grass fed meat and eggs for families, restaurants.

Best advice: Take time now to look at the books before tax time arrives

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Although it is the beginning of December, it is not too early to start thinking about farm taxes.


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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