Stories by Chris Kick

About Chris

Chris Kick lives in Wooster, Ohio. An American FFA Degree recipient, he holds a bachelor’s in creative writing from Ashland University. He spends his free time on his grandparents’ farms in Wayne and Holmes counties.

Remember the Polar Vortex? Ohio’s grape and peach growers sure do

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio — After enduring the coldest winter in 20 years, many grape and tree growers in Ohio and western Pennsylvania predicted their summer crop would be greatly diminished. Now in the middle of summer, their predictions are coming true. Grape vines and fruit trees are supposed to be green and lush with fruit this […]

Back to the farm: Steffen family keeps dairy tradition alive

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wayne County Twilight Dairy Tour visits the Steffen family farm of Kidron, Ohio.

Post-retirement business promotes healthy living

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

After retirement, Richland County woman launched a new business to grow her own food and improve her family’s health.

Amid border crisis, farm groups call for immigration reform

Friday, July 11, 2014

Farmers hope to keep immigration reform alive, want action this year.

Saving limbs, to saving life: Chain saw safety is more than a buzzword

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Reporter Chris Kick recently attended a chain saw safety workshop with the Ohio Forestry Association. This is his account of the experience.

Harrison County Fair auction results

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Auction results from the 2014 Harrison County Fair in Cadiz, Ohio.

Ohio farm groups announce new water quality initiative

Monday, July 7, 2014

The diverse group is lead by farm bureau members, universities, business and industry leaders. It plans to conduct an opinion poll over the next few weeks.

Meigs County men plead not guilty to crop insurance fraud

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Meigs County men enter pleas in federal crop insurance case.

Flooding a problem for Ohio farmers

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Heavy rains through June became too much for many farms.

Peterson is new Ohio State Fair choir director

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Many stories, one voice: New state fair choir director will train about 200 members.

Crop update: still wet, but could be worse

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Despite a slow start, most Ohio and Pennsylvania farmers were able to get their planting done.

Specht dairy: More space plus good management equals more milk

Friday, June 20, 2014

SUGARCREEK, Ohio — New buildings and more cow space have made a big difference the past few years at the Specht family dairy farm in Tuscarawas County. The barns are not quite as large as you might see on a large commercial dairy, but they’ve made a big improvement the herd performance on this fourth-generation […]

In Holmes County, the furniture, lumber industry employs growing population

Thursday, June 19, 2014

(Final installment of a two-part series on the timber and lumber industry in Holmes County and Ohio.)

Hord Livestock focuses on ‘feeding families’

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crawford County farm uses technology, innovation to help bring pork and beef to the table.

Ohio freezes renewable energy mandates

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The new law will freeze the renewable and solar energy benchmarks for 2015 and 2016, at 2014 levels.

Federal carbon cutting policy could be costly

Sunday, June 15, 2014

EPA plan calls for 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions from power plants.

Wayne County farm is home to the ‘happy field’

Friday, June 13, 2014

This Wayne County farm grows sunflowers for cooking oil, and makes its own brand of birdseed.

Lumber industry has deep roots in Holmes County, and Ohio

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Part I of a two-part series on Ohio’s timber and lumber industry, and specifically the growth in Holmes County, where it contributes more than $420 million annually in industrial output.

Pioneer opens new corn research center in Urbana

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

(Farm and Dairy was informed June 12 that Pioneer plans to close the recently opened Urbana research location. This announcement was made post-press. The company is working to offer other positions to employees and keep its seed research in-state. The company states: “Through a process of review, Pioneer will further align talent and technology with […]

Kasich signs Ohio’s ag nutrients bill

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ohio governor signs state’s water quality and ag nutrient bill, requiring farmer-certification to apply fertilizer.

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