Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Court tanks anhydrous case, but Ohio farmer’s battle not over

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Medina County asks for immediate injunction against Ohio’s 70-plus farm-based anhydrous ammonia tanks.

Ohio Care Board advances 11 standards in milestone meeting

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board marked its one-year anniversary by advancing a dozen standards to the official rule making process. In about an hour’s time on April 19, the board met and approved standards for veal, dairy, beef, swine, layers, poultry, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and equine. The standards received many […]

Court rules anhydrous ammonia tank on Ohio farm is legal

Friday, April 15, 2011

For updates, click here. SHARON CENTER, Ohio — A Medina County farmer can now operate the anhydrous ammonia tank he installed on his grain farm last year. Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit to operate April 15 to Bruce Simmons, of Beach Road, for his 12,000-gallon anhydrous ammonia tank. The decision […]

Spring-Run Farms is a dairy of ‘distinction’

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tried and true methods help Wolf family earn Dairy Farmers of America award with Ayrshires.

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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.