Stories by Chris Kick

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 …”

Project helps ATI students ‘agvocate’ their story

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Key speakers give message on becoming better advocates for agriculture.

Ohio farmers pledge to help the South

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

VAN WERT, Ohio — A group of farmers from northwest Ohio know all too well the devastation a tornado can bring, especially to the farm. In November of 2002, a deadly tornado swept through Van Wert, Paulding and Putnam counties. Nearly 10 years later, those same farmers are planning to “pay it forward” for those […]

Widespread rain affecting everyone, but could break by weekend

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More of the same, but hope is on the horizon.

Ohio FFA seeks ‘infinite potential’ at state convention

Friday, May 6, 2011

State convention focuses on life achievements, awards and accomplishments.

Fuel prices costing farmers, too

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fewer trips and better equipment can help farmers save.

Weather forecast: More of the same in Ohio, Pa.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

To read more about how the weather is affecting farmers, click here. WOOSTER, Ohio — Blame the weatherman, La Nina, Mother Nature or whatever you choose. The result is still the same: Rain, rain and more rain. Ohio State University professor and state climatologist Jeffrey Rogers told Farm and Dairy in late April that 11 […]

‘A new look’ at Ohio State’s Agriculture Research and Development Center

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A half-year later, tornado-stricken campus is growing new life and hope.

State-inspected meat processors soon will welcome interstate sales

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Farm bill provision to allow interstate marketing of state-inspected meat is becoming a reality.

Wet spring delays planting, but experts say: ‘be patient’

Thursday, April 21, 2011

SALEM, Ohio — If you’re wondering when the wet weather will finally let up, you’re not alone. Crop farmers across the Midwest are anxious to head to the fields in anticipation of one of the best commodity markets ever. But nature seems to have other plans, at least recently. “We’re just always about one day […]

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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.