Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Undercover video bans appealing to farmers, not so to activist groups

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Farmers say enough with the campaigns, agendas … animal rights groups say they’re educating the public.

Veal farmers react to care board’s vote, industry’s future

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New regulations will mean new housing requirements for veal calves in Ohio.

Ohio care board reverses veal decision, allows calves to turn around

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Large crowd attends care board meeting to voice opinions … most appear content with decision.

Ohio exotics ban to expire, ODNR work group plans new policy

Monday, April 4, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Owners of so-called “dangerous wild animals” can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. The executive order banning “possession, sale, and transfer” of such animals and signed the last few days of former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s term will expire on April 6, due to “fundamental structural problems” related to […]

Loose animal legislation sets standards for liability

Monday, April 4, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — Farmers whose livestock get loose should soon have a clearer set of standards for any civil or criminal liability. House Bill 22, better known as the animals at large legislation, was approved by a unanimous House vote March 1, and was approved unanimously by the Senate Agriculture Committee March 9. The bill […]

USDA planting projections: Corn and wheat up, beans down slightly …

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prospective Plantings report shows big trends in planting forecasts

Social media can help market small farms, too

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This is the sidebar to the main story about the small farm conference. Click here to read the main story. MASSILLON, Ohio — It’s free, it’s easy to use and it can help you build customer relations and market more of your product. Those were some of the selling points two speakers gave on social […]

Ohio small farmers learn big-farm marketing success

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Small farmer conference offers useful insight for landowners of smaller acreages.

Dairy Policy Action Coalition goals

Monday, March 28, 2011

Here are some of the things DPAC wants to accomplish. More is available on their website. To view the news story that goes with this list, click here. • A transparent and simplified milk pricing system. The group is focusing on market transparency and price discovery, along with policies and changes in federal pricing, to […]

Dairy coalition group making positive strides for farmers

Monday, March 28, 2011

It’s based in Pa. and Ohio, but its mission is being taken to Washington and beyond.

New season at OARDC brings signs of hope and progress

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WOOSTER, Ohio — There’s still some uncertainty as administrators for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster assess the total damage done by a major tornado Sept. 16. Funding sources are still being sought, and the value of some assets like research projects and plants and seeds may not be known for years. […]

Ohio Farm Bureau presidents get congressional insight at capitol

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Congressional leaders discuss the biggest issues facing agriculture.

Medina farmer awaits decision on ammonia tank

Friday, March 18, 2011

Anhydrous ammonia hearing reset.

Ohio Farm Bureau presidents talk ag policy at Capitol

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Economy, energy and EPA a few of the early Ohio Farm Bureau topics in D.C.

Ohio board’s veal standard drawing lots of comments

Friday, March 11, 2011

Comment period continues through March 15.


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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.