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 […]

NCBA and Beef Checkoff funds are in compliance with USDA guidelines

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The USDA Office of Inspector General has determined the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association are complying with federal legislation.

Marcellus and Utica shale: Harrison County drilling activity appears to be increasing this spring

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On average, there were 34 drilling rigs in the Utica shale region in Ohio during the month of March, according to the ODNR. There are now 81 Utica shale wells producing in Ohio.

Wilmington College gets rural loan from USDA; ag programs to benefit

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Agriculture is now Wilmington College’s largest program area.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association: Stats tell the oil and gas story

Thursday, April 4, 2013

There’s no doubt the shale oil and gas boom is taking shape in Ohio.

Licking County landowner fights pipeline and appears to have won

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Licking County landowner decided he didn’t want a pipeline to cross his property. When he refused, Enterprise Liquids Pipeline threatened to use eminent domain proceedings to take private property for the purpose of the ATEX pipeline the company was constructing.

Western Pa. No Till Conference: Cover crops may hold the key to success

Friday, March 29, 2013

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. — Farmers took time out of spring planting preparations March 26 to attend the Western Pa. No-Till Conference in West Middlesex, Pa. However, longtime attendees said a lot has changed during the 16 years of the conference. It is no longer solely about the benefits of no-till, but about the use of […]

Bicentennial Farms in Lawrence County: Neighbors bound by history

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Crystalaire Farm and the Thompson Farm in New Wilmington, Pa. were honored with the designation as a bicentennial farm recently. Read each farm’s story.

Thompson farm purchased in 1805

Thursday, March 28, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. —   A farm with roots 200 years deep clings to what it is and what it was before a road divided it in the 1970s. The Thompson Hill Farm in Lawrence County was recently named a bicentennial farm by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Thompson Hill Farm is nestled on a back […]

Fulkmans keep farming in family

Thursday, March 28, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — Crystalaire Farm is backed by history and full of promise for the future. In fact, the original sheepskin document showing the sale of the farm is framed inside the home of Gary Fulkman. The farm has been in his family for nine generations and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Crystalaire […]

Pennsylvania transportation: Law changes may save farmers grief when moving from farm to farm

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The changes in law will affect the transportation of farm implements and exempt farm trucks, trailers, and multipurpose agricultural vehicles from registration.

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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.