Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

‘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.

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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.