Stories by Chris Kick

Kasich signs executive order to help drought-stricken Ohio

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WOOSTER, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich helped open the first day of the Ohio State Fair with a declaration intended to give farmers full opportunity for state and federal drought assistance. Kasich signed an executive order instructing state agencies to help farmers reduce the impacts of drought, while urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to […]

Ohio announces ‘Clean Lakes Initiative’ to help curb pollution

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Plan builds on agricultural nutrients work group, and provides cost-share conservation measures for up to 33,500 acres.

Irrigation during the drought of 2012 is the difference maker

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Produce and some grain farmers using irrigation in full force, to try and save the crop.

Ohio winery has competitive edge

Thursday, July 5, 2012

County’s first winery makes best of rural, hilly location.

Ohio ag, emergency officials prepare for possible drought

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

If conditions don’t improve soon, a drought declaration is likely.

Ohio produce tour features Eshleman Fruit Farm, Buurma Farms

Sunday, July 1, 2012

OPGMA annual summer field tour features a diversity of fruit and vegetable farms.

Spangler Candy Co.: Sweet part of Ohio agriculture

Friday, June 29, 2012

Since 1906, Spangler has been buying U.S. corn and sugar to make candy in Bryan, Ohio.

Spangler CEO tells ag group sugar policy hurts manufacturing, jobs

Friday, June 29, 2012

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — The president and chief executive officer for Spangler Candy Co. told a group of farmers and farm-related industries he could double his business in five or 10 years if he could have just one thing. Kirk Vashaw, who is the fourth generation to work for the company and has been president […]

Early wheat harvest could mean more opportunity for double-cropping

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Farmers are harvesting wheat two-three weeks ahead of usual. But the ground is so dry that double-crop efforts could still be delayed.

Farm market extension, community efforts work

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Click here for the feature article about growing winter markets and the current trend. WOOSTER, Ohio — Providing more opportunities for produce farmers to grow earlier in the spring and later in the fall has been a goal the past dozen years. Thanks to improvements like high tunnels — greenhouse-like structures — new seed varieties […]

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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.