Stories by Chris Kick

Heat ‘and’ storms for some in Ohio’s Wayne County

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — While most farmers in Ohio spent the past week coping with extreme heat, a few livestock farmers in Wayne County also were dealing with heavy storm damage. One of the hardest hit was Cantendo Acres-Grazeland Jerseys, owned by Tom Noyes and his family. Sometime around 2:30 p.m. July 22, a strong wind […]

Ohio estate tax repeal is welcome news at round table event

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — The “death tax” has never been a friend of farmers and small business owners. And as their land and equipment values have dramatically increased over the years, so has their frustration with this tax. Current law assigns a 6 percent tax to estates of residents with a net taxable value of $338,333 […]

Ohio livestock care board ready for outreach

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

With standards soon to become effective, communications events to begin.

Rep. Peterson advances federal dairy policy, major changes discussed

Friday, July 15, 2011

New safety net, market stabilization and milk market order reform all part of the discussion.

Pa. milk formula staying put, changes likely unconstitutional

Thursday, July 14, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — Milk marketing in Pennsylvania is expected to continue as it has in the past, after the state’s milk marketing board approved an amendment to over-order premiums. A year ago, in response to a petition by former Gov. Ed Rendell and Sect. of Agriculture Russell Redding, the board approved a change in the […]

Farmer calls Ohio veal rule ‘unreasonable, unlawful’

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The state’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review advanced additional standards on livestock care during a hearing held July 11. The rule package originally included standards for veal, dairy, beef, swine, layers, poultry, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and equine — approved in April by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. But the […]

Ramey bids farewell to USDA statistics service

Thursday, July 7, 2011

For some, a career working with numbers and statistics would be cumbersome, even overwhelming. But for Ramey, working with farm production data was his passion.

Ethanol still holds promise, but critical challenges remain

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A progress update on the Ohio-Pennsylvania ethanol industry and what’s ahead.

Ohio repeals estate tax, farmers see relief in sight

Friday, July 1, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — The “death tax” in Ohio is officially dead, or at least it will be as of the 2013 effective date. Properly known as the estate tax, it dates back to 1968 when it was enacted to replace the state inheritance tax. Current law assigns a 6 percent tax to estates of residents […]

Jaloda Farms built on black and whites, and determination

Thursday, June 30, 2011

WELLINGTON, Ohio — Lorain County dairy farmer Jim Sheffield may not have the biggest herd around, or all of the newest equipment. But his registered Holstein milk cows — which today number 130 head — have done the 72-year-old well over the years. Sheffield and his wife, Lora, and their family manage Jaloda Farms, which […]

Kasich signs Ohio’s ‘animals at large’ legislation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

COLUMBUS — A bill that protects farmers from criminal lawsuits over farm animals getting loose beyond the farmer’s control was signed into law June 21. House Bill 22, better known as the “animals at large” legislation cleared the House and Senate with unanimous votes and was submitted to Gov. John Kasich June 17. Beth Vanderkooi, […]

Ohio auctioneers baffled by new license, call for amendment to continue selling

Thursday, June 16, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — Auctioneers across the state are concerned about a law they believe could strip them of the right to sell certain types of construction equipment and large farm vehicles. House Bill 114, sponsored by Rep. Ross McGregor, R-Springfield, dealt mostly with transportation. But a section also spelled out new licensing requirements for auctioneers […]

Putt Dairy goes the Jersey way, focusing on tech and cheese

Thursday, June 16, 2011

As a smaller-bodied animal, the Jerseys fit the barns better than Holsteins, and they tend to be more calm and easier on equipment and farm workers.

Niese Brothers grain farm grows with new tech, good sense

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Big-scale farming has family appeal for Ohio family.

Knox County couple builds savory business from raspberries, Brussels sprouts

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Growing berries was something they always wanted to do, but was very new to them.

Grandin visits Ohio beef farm, shares handling expertise

Friday, June 10, 2011

How to handle livestock? Calm down, stop yelling and remove distractions.

Hi-Q Egg permit denied, company not building

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — A new egg production company will not be coming to Ohio after all, officials determined last week. Hi-Q Egg Products, which had applied for a permit to install and operate a hen facility in Union County, was denied on the basis the application was not complete. The application was missing local documentation […]

New swine facility ups efficiency, meets welfare standards

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Myron and Neil Ramseyer hope their new swine barn does two things: provide more efficient use of space and satisfy the concerns of animal rights activists.

Risk management tools especially valuable this year

Friday, May 27, 2011

For the main story on the state meeting, click here. REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — This could be one of the years when farm support programs are most needed, and the reason for making them available, most clear. At the May 26 meeting, several farmers addressed the variables that make their business especially vulnerable, with weather at […]

Ohio ag officials discuss worst growing season to date

Thursday, May 26, 2011

“We all know that we’re in very unusual conditions, but I just want to stress that they are extremely unusual conditions …”

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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.