Stories by Chris Kick

West Virginia school’s swine program makes best of Berkshires

Saturday, October 20, 2012

From last place to first, students and their swine projects are making a name for themselves at Hampshire High School.

Ohio beef checkoff increase fails

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ohio cattlemen turned down an effort to increase the state beef checkoff on cattle from $1 to $2.

Summers’ truck pulling is ‘red hot’ and ‘twisted’

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A lifetime interest in horsepower and big engines has led Mike Summers to the top of the truck pulling circuit.

Small and mighty, Amos the calf is beating odds

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CANONSBURG, Pa. — It’s not uncommon for a calf to be born prematurely — especially when it’s a twin. But one Washington County calf has left its owner and veterinarian surprised after he was born eight weeks early and weighed less than 20 pounds. Holly Martin and her husband, Ed, of Canonsburg, have nursed the […]

Mercer Co. farmers file contempt of court against ODNR over delays

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CELINA, Ohio — Legal counsel representing farmers whose land has been flooded as a result of a dam built in 1997 at Grand Lake St. Marys has filed a motion for contempt of court against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for failing to compensate landowners for their loss. The action was filed Sept. 6 […]

Fatally scorched calf has northeast Ohio community speaking out

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Authorities are looking for information regarding abuse to a young calf that left it severely burned and in need of euthanasia.

Drought of 2012 likely to affect herbicide, nutrient carryover into spring

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LONDON, Ohio — The record-setting drought of 2012 has finally let up for much of Ohio — with steady rain events the last couple weeks. But undoubtedly, the damage is already done and will continue to be a problem the rest of this year and into the first half of 2013. The long-term effects of […]

Climate change and agriculture: What can farmers, policymakers do?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Options include doing nothing, increasing no-till, cover crops, and policy that would encourage limits on emissions and carbon credit trading.

Ohio beef producers to vote on increase for state checkoff

Friday, September 21, 2012

If successful, the beef checkoff in Ohio would increase from $1 to $2. The national checkoff would be unchanged.

Farm bill most likely to expire

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The proposed farm bill was the feature discussion at an opening session of the 50th Ohio Farm Science Review, where a burst of rainy weather stood in stark contrast to the drought that plagued most of this year.

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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.