Stories by Chris Kick

‘Family farming’ has deep roots for Mount Gilead, Ohio dairy

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio — The phrase “family farm” has a very significant meaning for 27-year-old Andy Creswell and his family’s farm in Ohio’s Morrow County. Creswell is the sole proprietor of Spring Valley Farm, a 200-cow dairy along County Road 30. But with his grandparents living in the neighboring home, and his own parents in […]

Wind turbine powers the way for Ohio produce grower

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

REEDSBURG, Ohio — It may take a few years to pay for itself, but produce grower Monica Bongue has her sight set on wind and what it can do for her small farm in Ohio’s Wayne County. In early December, Bongue worked with Wind Turbines of Ohio to install a turbine on her farm, which […]

Legislation gives ODA more control over CAFOS

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lengthy process of transferring the state’s livestock permitting program from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, became closer to completion this week. Signed into law On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland signed House Bill 363, which authorizes the ODA to adopt rules under the […]

National FFA to welcome new year in Rose Parade

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

National FFA to have one of largest floats in Tournament of Roses Parade.

Ohio grain farmers note successes, prepare for ‘perfect storm’ ahead

Monday, December 21, 2009

LIMA, Ohio — They gathered to discuss the three major grains grown in Ohio — corn, wheat and soybeans. But the 250 or so growers who attended the annual Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium Dec. 17 in Allen County were equally concerned about the livestock industry, global climate change, alternative fuels and the impact each will […]

Cap and trade will impact many industries, including agriculture

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Farmers and other businessmen have no reason to fear the concept of cap and trade, said an economist with Ohio State University. During Ohio State University Extension’s recent agriculture outlook for 2010, environmental and resource economist Brent Sohngen said cap and trade is not climate change. Instead, it’s “a tool you would […]

Living off the land in Ohio’s Harrison County

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Harrison County rancher breeds cattle that make most of land resources.

OARDC, Quasar partner for newest digester

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — In a newly formed park designated for bio-research, the massive, 550,000-gallon black and white digestion tank installed by Quasar Energy Group is an easy standout. And officials with Quasar — the Cleveland-based company that built it, as well as researchers with OSU and leaders with federal, state and local governments, hope the […]

2010-2020: A decade for farm management

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Virginia Tech economist says farmers will prosper or fail over next 10 years.

New roots on Lake Erie: Local food systems are urban planning tool

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Community gardening, land use planning help Cleveland cast a new landscape.

Ohio gun hunters harvest more than 114,000 deer, PA numbers still growing

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — The blazing orange vests and hats were blatantly visible last week in Ohio, where an estimated 420,000 hunters took to the fields and woods for the annual deer-gun season. The numbers Initial reports show hunters took about 1.7 percent more deer on opening day (Nov. 30) than opening day of 2008, good […]

Planning for organic: Ohio State, OEFFA partner to teach beginning growers

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Growers who wish to market their crops or produce as “certified organic” must first complete a detailed systems plan, and have it approved by their certifying agency. On Dec. 3, about 50 people from across Ohio and beyond gathered at Ohio State University’s Arden Shisler Center for Organics 201, a workshop introducing […]

Ohio counties study nutrient trading

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Multi-county SWCD board could improve conservation in Muskingum Watershed.

The right time for renewables

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

OSU energy workshop gives update on solar and wind electric.

Save Our Dairies Act calls for minimums in Class II and III milk

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — A Congressman from northeastern Ohio wants to save our dairy farmers from the perils of below-profit milk prices. In late October, Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio, sponsored a bill before the nation’s House of Representatives that seeks to set a temporary floor price for Class II and III milk. New prices If approved […]

OSU ‘center’ed on safe, accessible food

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Ohio State effort focused on food

Two Ohio dairies find success with organic ‘and’ conventional

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — To be organic or to be conventional. That is the question among many farmers today, with advantages and disadvantages on either side. But for two Ohio dairymen who farm in Ashland, Wayne and Holmes counties, the answer is both. Going both ways Paul Weber, owner of Idyl Wild Farms near the Ashland […]

Holmes SWCD awards annual achievements

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tim Brumme (left) and Ferman Wengerd were elected to the Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors during the annual banquet Nov. 19. WALNUT CREEK, Ohio — This year’s winner of the fifth-grade farm tour essay contest wrote an account “unlike any we’ve ever had before,” Holmes Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor […]

A feast of learning

Friday, November 20, 2009

MANSFIELD, Ohio — It’s been said in countless kitchens that “too many cooks spoil the stew.” But each fall, in the kitchen of Pugh Cabin on Richland County’s Malabar Farm, the more cooks, the merrier the experience.

Digesters big and small a topic at Ohio renewable energy workshop

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

If farm-based anaerobic digesters are to be successful in America, then the industry needs to look back to the beginning of the automobile industry.

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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.