Stories by Chris Kick

Benefit breakfast for Portage County farmer injured in combine accident

Monday, November 26, 2012

RAVENNA, Ohio — A Portage County farmer is recovering from a farm accident Nov. 10 that left him pinned beneath the head of his combine. Steve Earnest, of U.S. Route 224, was working on the machine when the hydraulics apparently let loose, sending the unit down and crushing him. Beth Hurd, a cousin of Steve, […]

Care board reviews cost of investigations, considers becoming more aggressive on fines

Sunday, November 25, 2012

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Members of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board reviewed nearly two years of investigations and violations, during their Nov. 20 meeting at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. State Veterinarian Tony Forshey said that since investigations began in April of 2011, there have been 68 investigations total, with 38 resulting in no violations […]

Tinsel, Gum Drop and Jingle Bell: Part of the team at Pine Acres Reindeer Farm

Thursday, November 22, 2012

LA RUE, Ohio — Dan and Linda Downs knew very little about reindeer nine years ago when they bought their first pair — Fritz and Flossie. It was one of the first “live” additions to their Christmas display, and they would spend several more years getting to know these legendary creatures. Today, the Downs keep […]

EPA upholds Renewable Energy Standard, triggering mixed reaction

Friday, November 16, 2012

Decision draws support among many crop farmers, opposition among livestock farmers.

Farming plus consulting = connections for John Buck

Thursday, November 15, 2012

He manages a well-kept, 700-acre grain farm in Ohio’s Marion County. But the profession for which John Buck is best known is helping other farmers and businesses.

Election’s over, now what about farm bill?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Predictions include a short-term extension of the expired bill, or approval of a new, long-term bill.

OEFFA launches new investment fund: $500,000 to grow Ohio’s sustainable ag

Monday, November 5, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has partnered with a group of socially-motivated local investors who are making $500,000 available to launch a groundbreaking initiative: the OEFFA Investment Fund. The purpose of the fund is to promote sustainable agriculture in Ohio by making flexible and affordable capital available to OEFFA member farmers […]

Ohio Supreme Court orders ODNR to show progress in compensating landowners

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Landowners near Grand Lake St. Marys still waiting for their compensation.

Election 2012: Presidential candidates’ ag policy positions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

With elections just a few days away, here is a look at where the presidential candidates stand on key farm issues.

Pa. bills to allow larger farm equipment on roads heads to governor

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Larger farm equipment over the years means farmers need more roadway allowance, says Pa. farm bureau.


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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.