Stories by Chris Kick

WW II veterans share, reflect at Wings of Freedom event

Thursday, August 25, 2011

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — No one knows World War II like the men and women who lived it. For a few hours Aug. 12-13, organizers of a military aviation museum in North Canton brought together some WWII veterans for a special day to reflect, remember and educate about the things they saw first hand. Kim […]

Ohio: Licking County barn fires ruled arson

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fire marshal’s office says arson is the cause. Hope may lie in evidence secured from video security camera.

USDA livestock traceability proposal open for public comment

Thursday, August 11, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a proposed rule to establish general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate when animal disease events take place. Under the rule, unless specifically exempted, livestock moved interstate would have to be officially identified and accompanied […]

Ohio State Fair 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Check out the sale results of the 2011 Ohio State Fair. New records were set, including grand champion steer: $85,000.

Medina County Fair 2011 sale results

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Reported By Chris Kick Scroll down for a slide show. Medina County Fair Aug. 5-6, 2011 Total Lots: STEERS Number of Market Lots: 46 Average: $1.73/pound Grand champion: Brad Terry Bid:$3.25/pound Weight: 1,310 pounds Buyer: T.L. Keller Meats Reserve champion: Sarah Packard Bid: $3.20/pound Weight: 1,384 pounds Buyer: Simmons Bros. Construction HOGS Number of […]

Hershey caps 4-H career with horses as world pinto champ.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — It’s always nice to end your 4-H career on a high note, and one equine exhibitor from Ohio’s Wayne County has certainly done so. Andrea Hershey, 18, achieved her highest honor in June at the Pinto World Show in Tulsa, Okla. The Wooster resident won world champion with her pinto horse named […]

Friends, neighbors lend helping hand to Harstine Dairy

Friday, August 5, 2011

Tuscarawas County farmers help one of their own in time of need.

New farm credit president focusing on fundamentals, sound business

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

MOHICANVILLE, Ohio — The Wooster and Millersburg offices of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America welcomed a special guest to the annual customer appreciation reception held the evening of July 28. Bill Johnson, the new president of the 17 billion dollar ag lending cooperative, spoke to a room full of guests at Mohican Gardens in Ashland […]

Heat continuing to plague farmers, but for fewer days

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Crop and livestock farmers in both states saw a wide range of effects from last week’s heat wave, mostly negative.

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, […]


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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.