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.

Stark County excavator combines manure business to fight economy

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CANAL FULTON, Ohio — When the economic crisis hit Jeff Chapanar and his excavation business, he and his wife, Marilyn, decided to hit back. The Stark County couple didn’t fight the market, which for the past year has seen a substantial drop in new home construction and a reduced demand for excavation. Instead, they used […]

Dairymen talk recovery plans at Ohio conference

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy producers in Ohio and some from neighboring states made clear the past year they wanted to share their concerns over milk prices with state and federal milk officials. On March 31, at Ohio State University’s Arden Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, Ohio, they got what they wanted. “You folks shared what […]

Knox County farmers reflect on nearly five decades of no-till

Thursday, April 1, 2010

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — There are few tools as important and symbolic to farming as the plow. In one form or another, the plow has persisted across most generations of agriculture — from the horse-drawn hoes and “scratch” tillers used by ancient peoples, to the modern moldboard of the past 200-300 years. After all, if […]

Ohio Governor tours Wooster digester site, talks wind power in Cleveland

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — Wearing plastic boot covers over his shoes — a white hard hat with his name printed on the side, and the name Quasar Energy Group printed on the front — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland walked the grounds of a construction site that promises clean energy, a better environment and more jobs for […]

Fenders: King of Ohio pond fishing for 54 years

Friday, March 26, 2010

Pond farming is the way for Fender’s Fish and Llama Farm near Baltic, Ohio. The family has been in the fish business since 1956.

Fire destroys Ohio Fresh Eggs facility in Wyandot County

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Major fire remains under investigation after destroying a chicken and egg facility in Ohio’s Wyandot County.

Ohio fish farmer finds success with recirculating systems

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

For Dave Lemke and his wife, raising fish and selling them through their retail store in Wooster, Ohio, has been a good combination. The entrepreneur is hoping to expand production with new tanks.

Does fish farming make sense for you?

Friday, March 19, 2010

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — With so much excitement in aquaculture, some farmers might wonder whether raising fish really is practical. After all, raising a herd of beef or milk cows, a barn full of poultry or swine is decidedly different than fish. Or is it? Not so different Actually, many similarities exist, at least conceptually. […]

Ohio has huge potential, demand for fish farming

Friday, March 19, 2010

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Most Ohioans know how to catch a fish. A line and reel, a bobber, a farm pond and a bucket full of night crawlers or crawdads and even the novice can be successful. But a growing industry in the state promises to produce as many or more fish than can be […]

Michigan farmers, meat eaters proclaim ‘Meat Eaters’ Day,’ March 20

Thursday, March 18, 2010

After the governor of Michigan declared March 20 a “Meatout Day,” the state’s farmers and meat-lovers declared it “Michigan Meat Eaters Day,” and have made plans for major cookouts and barbecues.

Michigan farm groups mad over Governor’s meatless decision

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LANSING, Michigan — A resolution proclaiming March 20 a “meatless” day is being called a “meat-headed” decision by the state’s top agriculture groups. The resolution, sponsored by the Great American Meatout of Michigan, was endorsed by Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm and “encourages the residents of this state to choose not to eat meat.” The resolution […]

Rock ‘n’ roll barn a special sight in Holmes County

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Artist Rusty Baker’s barn is like no other. With more than 20 popular performers from rock ‘n’ roll to country painted on its walls, the barn along Holmes County Road 150 is a major standout. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, The Beatles — they’re all a part of Baker’s barn, which has seen viewers […]

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 […]

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