Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Ohio produce growers balk at national plan, back state-specific regs

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

National leafy greens agreement may not be fair to all states, some Ohioans say.

Farmers share their story of preserving land

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Selling the easement on your farm through a state or farmland preservation program may be easier than most people think. Although competition for funds can be difficult, the process is very doable and helps ensure rural acreage will remain in farm production, three veterans of preserved farms testified in Columbus on Nov. […]

Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit celebrates 10th anniversary

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ohio recognizes 10 years of preserving farmland at annual summit in Columbus.

Producer-handler proposal: USDA poised to cap milk bottling

Friday, November 6, 2009

Decision could bring more producers into federal order program and increase pooling incentives.

Ohio dairymen want action from Congress

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some say stabilization plan necessary to limit volatility, increase prices. WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy farmers from northeastern Ohio gathered Oct. 30 at the Ohio Holstein Association office in Wooster, Ohio, where they told their state and federal legislators some of the things that need done to save their industry. Struggling with on-farm milk prices that […]

Mixed results from OSU Extension levies

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ohio State University Extension levies in Paulding, Jackson and Coshocton counties fail, while Hardin and Monroe levies pass.

Obama, Congress approve $350 million for farmers

Thursday, October 29, 2009

WOOSTER, Ohio — Dairy farmers weathering one of the worst milk price fall-outs in recent history should soon see some relief in the form of federal payments. On Oct. 21, President Barack Obama approved legislation to provide $350 million in emergency assistance for struggling dairy farmers. Funding The funds are part of the $121 billion […]

Use good judgment when buying produce

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Experts say food is safe and healthy, when proper steps are taken.

OSU partners with Animal Welfare Science Centre

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

COLUMBUS — A partnership between The Ohio State University and the internationally-recognized Animal Welfare Science Centre is helping the university focus research and academic resources on providing a competitive understanding and training in animal welfare science. Partnership During an all-day symposium Oct. 16, the university explained its partnership with AWSC, which includes Australia’s University of […]

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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.