Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Ohio farm animal abuser arrested, arraignment set for Thursday

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A 25-year-old man is behind bars after abusing dairy cows in Ohio. The industry says this is not typical behavior, and wants justice for all involved.

Animal rights organization releases video of ‘sadistic’ dairy farm abuse

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dairy industry condemns abuse, says not a reflection of their farms.

Kocab volunteers time, passion to preserve farmland

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ashland County volunteer makes her county a leader in farm protection programs

Wisconsin Governor says no to raw milk sales

Thursday, May 20, 2010

MADISON, Wis. — Citing the interest of public health and the safety of his state’s dairy industry, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a senate bill on May 19, that would have allowed for direct farmer-to-consumer sales of raw milk. “I recognize that there are strong feelings on both sides of this matter, but on balance, […]

Dairy price stabilization introduced to Congress

Thursday, May 20, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — A bill designed to stabilize dairy prices and control the growth of dairy farms that want to expand has officially been introduced to Congress. Known as the Dairy Price Stabilization Act — the legislation is a hybridization of plans by Holstein Association USA, Milk Producers Council of California, and many others concerned […]

Chipotle under attack, farmers upset over HSUS support

Monday, May 17, 2010

Burrito behemoth is critical of modern agriculture, supports HSUS ballot initiative.

Deadly floods strike farmers in three states

Friday, May 7, 2010

Historical flood expected to cause significant losses for farmers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

Extension, 4-H could be last for some Ohio counties

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — He had said it would be the end, and from the way it looks, it might just be. Mike Hogan, director of Ohio State University Extension in Carroll County, said in April his county would need to pass a .57 mill, five-year tax levy if it was to continue Extension services and […]

Ohio FFA celebrates 82nd state convention in Columbus

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Ohio FFA Convention draws a sea of blue and gold. See Farm and Dairy’s slide show.

Nearly half of Ohio’s corn already planted, Pa. ahead, too

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Crop experts say a dry spring has helped farmers in Pennsylvania and Ohio get an earlier start on the planting season. The latest statistics have been announced.

Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board holds first meeting, talks definitions

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The board put into place by nearly two-thirds of Ohioans to regulate livestock care and set standards for the state held its first meeting on Tuesday at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. All 13 board members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board were present and sworn in for the first time, […]

Youth need the foundation 4-H provides

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Editor: I send this note to express to you and others my concerns about the loss of funding for our county 4-H program. All four of my children were involved in 4-H as children, and in adulthood one son (and his wife) and one daughter (and her husband) have also been involved. It provided an […]

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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.