Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Select Sires welcomes two new bull barns, new market opportunities

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

World leader in bovine genetics still growing, adds modern bull facilities.

Certified Angus Beef still building on its success

Monday, June 14, 2010

From a small-town ranch in Ohio to markets abroad, Certified Angus Beef has left its mark on American meat.

Alleged animal abuser pleads not guilty to cruelty, firearms charge

Thursday, June 10, 2010

MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The man charged with cruelty to animals at a dairy farm in Plain City pleaded not guilty June 10 to mishandling a firearm inside a vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Billy Joe Gregg Jr., who allegedly committed abuse to dairy cattle on an undercover video taken by an animal rights organization at Conklin […]

Robots help do the work on a Wayne County, Ohio dairy

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

W.G. Dairy Supply installs one of state’s first robotic milking systems.

OARDC’s plant, animal research facility a welcome addition

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — When Ohio State University completes its state-of-the-art plant and animal agrosecurity research facility in 2012, it will be a timely investment for Ohio, and the nation. The $22 million facility is being built to advance the research of infectious disease in plants and animals — at a time when researchers say such […]

Storms claim lives, cause severe damage to homes, farms

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Farmers and neighbors work to rescue animals, secure buildings.

Group says selling dogs, puppies at auctions needs to stop

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dog lovers, breeders express divided views on the marketing of dogs at auctions.

New concepts make sense for produce growers

Saturday, May 29, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — High tunnels, raised beds, crop and plant diversity — they’re terms that are becoming commonplace on fruit and vegetable farms in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Fred Finney of Moreland Fruit Farm, in Wayne County, Ohio, invested in high tunnels about four years ago. Since then, he’s been able to increase the length of […]

Dairy farm abuser charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals

Thursday, May 27, 2010

EARLIER STORY: Dairy farm worker fired and arrested. MARYSVILLE, Ohio — The man arrested May 26 in connection with abuse to livestock at an Ohio dairy farm remains in custody on $100,000 bond. Billy Joe Gregg, 25, of Delaware County, was charged May 27 for multiple violations to Ohio law on animal treatment, which prohibits […]

Holmes County in the dog house? Action group says so

Thursday, May 27, 2010

(Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a two-part series on dog auctions in Ohio, and a recent campaign to ban them. Next week, an inside look at Ohio’s dog auction and the nature of a breeding facility.) MILLERSBURG, Ohio — Home owned … home grown … Holmes County. That’s how residents in this […]

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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.