Stories by Chris Kick

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.

USDA unveils new, partner-driven conservation program

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Building on the 2014 farm bill, program allows private entities, other partners to invest in regional conservation projects.

Farmers once again rush to begin, finish planting before June

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

With a dry spell finally in place, many farmers spent Memorial Day weekend beginning and finishing spring planting.

Five Ohioans charged for federal crop insurance fraud

Friday, May 23, 2014

Federal investigation alleges nearly $1.6 million in crop insurance fraud.

Ag in the Class visits Wayne County, Ohio

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wayne County fifth graders hear about where their food comes from during Farm Bureau event.

Pennsylvania man driving tractor nationwide to support wounded soldiers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ivan Stoltzfus, who is driving his antique tractor coast to coast to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, made stops in Wayne and Ashland counties May 13.

Federal climate change report says food, ag production could be in jeopardy

Monday, May 12, 2014

Report warns that “climate disruptions” could challenge yields and world food security by 2050.

Ohio FFA members told to defend their dreams

Monday, May 5, 2014

Keynote speaker: “If you don’t stand up for yourselves, if you don’t honor and respect who you are, why should anyone else?”

Ohio FFA Convention in photos

Friday, May 2, 2014

Photos from first day of Ohio FFA Convention.

Zanesville farmer is sold on toy tractors, Angus herd

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beef cattle, tractor collecting go hand-in-hand at the Duncan family farm.

‘Big data’ is a big deal for farmers, researchers

Monday, April 28, 2014

OSU ag research conference focusses on what “big data” means to the university, and private sector.

Southeastern Ohio to receive EQIP funds

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Farmers in 10 Ohio counties can apply for funds for pasture and farmstead-based projects.

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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.