Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Expert: Carbon credit trading industry still in infancy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Two years ago, the market for carbon offsets was $7.50 a ton; today, it’s 10 cents a ton.

Extension in four Ohio counties turn to polls for help

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The May primary will be a deciding factor for several OSU Extension programs and 4-H.

Greenhousing, like farming, is a family business for many

Friday, April 9, 2010

To keep a farm in the family, many families increase their acres, buy more cows, hogs or poultry so they can increase production for the newest generation. The same strategy of expansion and development is important for sisters Robin Voltz and Rinda Sloan — the third generation to manage their family’s operation just north of Loudonville, Ohio. But they’re not investing in livestock or acreage. Instead, they’re improving their perennials, poinsettias, herbs, fruits, vegetables and landscaping.

Morrow County farm installs one of Ohio’s first automated calf feeders

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Harpercrest Dairy owner Stan Harper and his dairy partner, Dave Ertl, installed one of Ohio’s first automated calf feeders.

Museum is a showcase of Knox County agriculture

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The history of corn planters, tractors and harvest equipment and even household life is preserved in this special museum.

ODPA executive tells dairymen to defend their industry

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

WOOSTER, Ohio — On the same day Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed the state’s livestock care standard board into law, dairy producers from across the state were reminded of the important work that remains to be done, and the looming threat of animal rights activist groups. “It’s really important for us as an organization to […]

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 […]

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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.