Stories by Chris Kick

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.

OARDC abuzz over bees, largest beekeeping workshop draws 900

Monday, March 8, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — It was all about the bees March 6 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, where 900 or so beekeepers and advocates swarmed to Fisher Auditorium. The largest one-day bee event in the nation drew a crowd from 12 states with the focus of “Modern Beekeeping: New Ways of Doing Old […]

Academia and common sense, FFA was right choice for Farm and Dairy reporter

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Reporter Chris Kick shares his experiences with America’s “premiere youth leadership organization,” the National FFA Organization.

Study says foodborne illnesses cost $152 billion, targets produce

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Foodborne illnesses cost the country an estimated $152 billion annually in the form of medical bills, time off from work and a reduced quality of life, according to a study released today (March 3). Written by Ohio State University’s Robert Scharff, an assistant professor in consumer sciences and a researcher at the […]

Big crowd hears big issues at conservation tillage conference

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ADA, Ohio — A record crowd of nearly 1,000 people packed their way into the McIntosh Center on the campus of Ohio Northern University to hear expert discussion on issues as big as the globe. From global warming and climate change policy, to conservation practices and soybean and corn school, it was all part of […]

Northeast Ohio dairy farmers plan for road ahead, in animal welfare

Sunday, February 28, 2010

On Feb. 24, a host of speakers at the 11th annual Northeast Ohio Regional Dairy Conference continued the work of Issue 2, and helped prepare dairymen for the road ahead.

Ohio, Pa. dairymen still hoping to make voices heard

Friday, February 26, 2010

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — Several hundred dairy farmers in Ohio and Pennsylvania are determined to make a difference in policy that affects milk pricing and their bottom line.

FFA: Preparing the next generation of America’s leaders

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More than 80 years ago, in a hotel in Kansas City, Mo., a small group of 33 young farm boys met to form an agricultural program for youth. Today, that same organization — known as FFA is still growing with more than a half-million members from every U.S. state, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Part I of a three-part series.

DNA testing reveals some Jerseys have Holstein genetics

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The American Jersey Cattle Association sent a release to members Feb. 15 telling them the genomes of 15 animals recorded by the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory have been found to include DNA associated with the Holstein breed. All 15 are progeny of the cow named “Oomsdale Gordo Goldie Gratitude 111224922.” There are […]

Swine industry, others find fault with CBS series on antibiotics

Friday, February 12, 2010

If this week’s CBS Evening News report on antibiotics used on farms has you concerned, don’t be. On Feb. 9-10, CBS news anchor Katie Couric aired a report critical of antibiotics used on farms, leading viewers to believe recent outbreaks in the staph infection MRSA may have come from workers who handled poultry and swine […]

CBS brings antibiotics into question; farm groups say a necessary tool

Thursday, February 11, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — A two-part CBS Evening News series on the use of antibiotics on the farm has spurred much anticipated concern among consumers and the farm community. The series concluded the evening of Feb. 10 with an interview of a Danish hog farm and a Pennsylvania turkey farm, where antibiotics are not administered in […]

Graziers keep coming back for annual Ohio conference

Monday, February 8, 2010

DALTON, Ohio — Nearly 600 dairy graziers and related industrymen attended the two-day North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing conference Jan. 25-26 at Buckeye Event Center in Dalton, Ohio. In its ninth year, the conference is a draw for dairymen interested in taking advantage of grazing opportunities in Ohio, and in other states. Some dairymen have […]

Some groups want exemptions from livestock care board

Monday, February 8, 2010

COLUMBUS — Unhappy with the charge of paying an additional feed tax and the possibility of having their own standards compromised, several groups representing organic, “small farmers” and “family farmers” asked Ohio’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to be exempted from the soon-to-be formed livestock care standards board. The board was approved by more than […]

Opponents of Livestock Care Board testify in Columbus

Thursday, February 4, 2010

COLUMBUS — The House Agriculture Committee listened to more than two hours of opponent testimony to implementing the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board at the Ohio Capitol Feb. 3. A preacher, animal welfare advocates, the executive director for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and several cattle farmers spoke to the problems they see […]

Got Ethics? U.S. dairy industry: ‘Yes, we do.’

Thursday, February 4, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — After experiencing one of the worst years for milk prices, dairy farmers across the nation were served yet another forceful blow just a few weeks into the new year. On Jan. 26, ABC and some of the biggest names in animal rights groups revealed undercover videos showing dairy cattle being dehorned, tails […]

Produce growers, farms not exempt from theft

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

SANDUSKY, Ohio — As the economy struggles and job loss rises, even produce growers and retailers should prepare themselves for theft, and develop ways to prevent it. Before an audience of growers and mostly small-scale retailers, loss prevention directors from two well-known Cleveland supermarket chains spoke at the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association annual […]

Produce growers concerned over national plan, FDA vows regs will be ‘scale-appropriate.’

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A call for stricter standards on raw produce has spurred interest among growers across the Buckeye State, as they consider whether standards will help or hinder their farm operations. On Jan. 19, the second day of the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association annual congress, a representative of Food and Drug Administration […]

ATI milking in style, thanks to Dairymaster donation

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Students at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute will be milking the college’s dairy herd in style for the next several years. Thanks to a $250,000 donation from Dairymaster-USA, the ATI is making use of a new, swing-10 parlor fully equipped with computerized cow monitors, and three receiver groups, which allow students […]

Food companies, farm industry helping Haiti earthquake victims

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — As thousands of devastated people in Haiti continue to search for family members and friends, and cope with looting frenzies and safety, American food companies and farmers are sending help. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 disrupted food and water supplies into and within the nation, leaving scores of […]

Some county OSU Extensions still looking for funding

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

COLUMBUS — The future of Ohio State University Extension and 4-H in at least a half-dozen Ohio counties is still being decided for 2010. A lack of county funding, followed by the failure of levies in November to provide operational funds, has county directors looking for answers that could ultimately decide whether their programs continue, […]

Farmers keep at it, despite coldest weather of the season

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Cold winter weather can mean a lot of things to different people. For some, it’s the canceling of school or work, the signal to head south to enjoy the sunshine, or a good excuse to stay inside and relax — maybe watch some television, read or sleep. There’s nothing wrong with any […]

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