Stories by Chris Kick

Wayne County ‘Twilight Tour’ features Raygor Farms of Kidron

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Family approach is key to Sprunger dairy farm.

Vilsack discusses some of agriculture’s biggest issues

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Click here to read the main story about the secretary’s visit to northeastern Ohio. WOOSTER, Ohio — During his visit to northeastern Ohio July 19, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spent time addressing farmers’ concerns and some of the biggest issues facing their industry. With near-record market lows the past few years, dairy farming was […]

A farm day for the whole family

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Speakers and vendors turn Holmes County hay field into arena of education, collaboration.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talks renewable energy, farm issues in Wooster, Ohio

Monday, July 19, 2010

Agriculture secretary, congressman review projects at OSU-Wooster Campus.

Fair exhibitors should be prepared to discuss what they do, and why

Monday, July 12, 2010

As activism and misinformation mounts, youth should know what to expect.

‘Vomitoxin’ a nasty word for this year’s wheat crop

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Testing wheat necessary to assure safety, and what it can be used for.

Animal abuser, animal rights activist fooled dairy farmer with seemingly good backgrounds

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Charges considered against MFA, filmmaker reportedly participated in abuse, as well.

Conklin Dairy Farm: NO additional charges

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Union County Grand Jury has cleared Gary Conklin, owner of Conklin Farms in Plain City and others, of allegations of animal abuse.

Improvements lead to efficiency at L&R Dairy

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Father-daughter duo use modern buildings and technology to improve their bottom line.

Euthanasia takes center stage at Ohio livestock care meeting

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

There’s a lot to consider when setting standards for euthanasia. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board reviewed a draft of standards June 29.

White mold could be a problem for this year’s crops

Monday, June 28, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio soybean growers may not have to worry about soybean rust, but they should be keeping their eyes out for potential white mold developments. “The weather conditions over the past few weeks are very similar to last year. If it stays cool and wet, then white mold will be the next issue […]

Business profile: W.G. Dairy supply

Thursday, June 24, 2010

By CHRIS KICK ckick@farmanddairy.com CRESTON, Ohio — When Don and Martha Walder opened W.G. Dairy supply in the mid-1960s, they did so with a vision that lasts to this day, more than four decades later. “Working together, we service what we sell.” It’s as simple as that, although carrying out such a mission is anything […]

Business profile: K Buildings

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Steel buildings offer livestock farmers major improvement By CHRIS KICK ckick@farmanddairy.com NEW WESTON, Ohio — Ted Ruchty has been putting up freestall barns and other farm buildings for more than 20 years. Up until the past year, wood has been the primary material. But with some coaxing from the staff of K Buildings, he’s now […]

Animal care: MFA says veganism is answer; farm industry says education

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Organization that filmed undercover dairy video is critical of animals raised for food.

Spring planting becomes summer planting for many … but end is in sight

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wet weather is giving way to a much-needed dry period, at least for now.

Generations of experience help Horst Brothers succeed with poultry

Monday, June 21, 2010

Family-owned egg farm has sights set on growth, its future.

Propane can be a viable option for farms, including farm vehicles

Saturday, June 19, 2010

If you think propane is limited to your backyard grill, your little hand-held torch or the tow motors at a factory — think again.

Cheese means tourism, local dollars

Thursday, June 17, 2010

This is the sidebar to a larger feature on the family-owned cheese businesses in east central Ohio. To read the feature, and view the slide show, click here. BERLIN, Ohio — Something about cheese is unique, maybe the distinctive dairy smell, the milky taste or the smooth, creamy texture that makes it easy to chew. […]

Cheese is still a growing industry for family businesses in east central Ohio

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Whatever kind of cheese you like, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in this three-four county region.

Some farmers, local officials call for scrutiny of activist video

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Farmers united against cruelty, but oppose being mislabeled.

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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.