Stories by Chris Kick

Produce industry to hear federal food safety update April 30 in Wooster

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FDA staff visiting Northeast Ohio to talk about food safety, hear comments.

Immigration bill would put workers on a path toward citizenship

Monday, April 22, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers, nursery and landscape businesses and anyone else who relies on immigrant labor saw a hopeful measure last week, as eight bipartisan senators introduced legislation designed to legalize existing immigrants. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act of 2013 was formally introduced April 17 by four Republican and four Democratic senators […]

Orrin McConkie: ‘Gentle and strong standing’ (1996-2013)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BELLVILLE, Ohio — He was a young man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. That’s how friends and family remember Orrin Dwain McConkie, 17, who died during a tractor accident at the family farm April 7. Orrin was known for growing a large garden, taking projects to the Bellville Street Fair, and […]

Immigration bill could come any day

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — An immigration bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate any day, following agreement April 11 between the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (representing employers) and the United Farm Workers (representing employees) on a basic framework regarding agriculture labor provisions. An estimated 70 percent of the U.S. ag workforce are undocumented workers. Current […]

GIPSA fines Martin D. Yoder Livestock

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — A local commercial livestock buyer and dealer has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration regarding claims about unpaid purchase prices and misrepresentation of grade and yield prices. Better known as GIPSA, the inspection agency enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act — a fair […]

Anna Dean Farm tour set

Thursday, April 11, 2013

See our feature story on the farm, and our photos. BARBERTON, Ohio — Bernie Gnap, 64, and Steve Kelleher, 60, have been working together to help restore the remaining buildings of the Anna Dean Farm since the early 1970s.Their decades-long effort is showcased every year during an annual walking tour. This year marks the 23rd […]

Historical Anna Dean Farm to open for tour

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Barberton’s historical farm will be open for public tours May 19.

Grand Lake St. Marys: ODNR says it complied; opponents not so sure

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has fully complied with all aspects of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Dec. 4 order that required the state agency to expedite the appraisal and compensation process to landowners near Grand Lake St. Mary’s. Late last year, the high court found ODNR in contempt for failing […]

New names for beef, pork are ‘consumer friendly’

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The goal is to broaden the spectrum of cuts that consumers are familiar with.

Cold spring is slowing early field work

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

National Weather Service says 10-15 degrees below normal this week.

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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.