Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Local Roots plants new market in downtown Wooster

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Group uses community support, USDA grant to open year-round food retail store.

Ewing: Bullet 2 is ‘dream come true’

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Practical farm experience pays off for OSU student, who uses his mechanical knowledge to help build record-setting fuel cell car.

On our plates or in our hearts: Officials discuss animal welfare in Columbus

Thursday, October 22, 2009

“When one side is
fundamentally opposed to what the other side does, there is no
common ground.”

Julie Maschhoff
Maschhoff Pig Company

Dairying today: Multi-family effort succeeds at Clardale Farms

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Even amid urban sprawl and record low milk prices, Stark County’s Clardale Farms recently expanded to add a double-12 milking parlor for its 450-head milking herd.

Issue 2 rally: Ohio farmers can no longer just ‘preach to the choir’

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ASHLAND, Ohio — Farmers from Ashland County and across Ohio are preparing themselves and their friends for a “yes” vote on Ohio’s Issue 2, which will be before voters during the Nov. 3 general election. On Oct. 8, a group of farmers, lawmakers and representatives from the area gathered at Ashland High School to rally […]

Stark County woman holds claim to world’s largest pumpkin

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Christy Harp, of Jackson Township just outside Canton, has grown a 1,725-pound behemoth pumpkin, believed to be the world’s largest ever recorded. It will likely retain that title if it can survive a couple more weigh-offs.

Ashland third-graders spend day on a farm

Friday, October 9, 2009

LOUDONVILLE, Ohio — The little black-and-white Holstein calves looked so cute to third-grader Vassiliya Draganova, that she decided to name one. “Bella,” she called it, which means “beautiful” in Italian. “They’re wee little and they like to lick your thumb,” she told some of her classmates — all third graders in Regina Herrick’s class from […]

Milking with robots: Will it make sense on farms?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The notion of milking cows with a robot, let alone one named “Lely Astronaut 3,” might remind some milk producers of science fiction shows like Star Wars or Star Trek. There is no known robotic milker currently installed in Ohio, but these sleek, high-tech machines are tugging on the barn doors of some of the state’s most progressive dairies, and the seemingly fictional concept is proving to be a science rooted in efficiency and increased productivity.


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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.