Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Year-round farmers markets growing in popularity, number

Saturday, June 23, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York are in the top states for year-round markets.

Heimerl Farms is a multi-faceted family operation

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Heimerl Farms raises livestock and crops, makes own feed and handles trucking.

Heimerl Farms: Some history

Thursday, June 21, 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — It’s taken a few years for Heimerl Farms to get where it is today. The farm was started about 1950 when Don and Marjorie Heimerl began raising beef cattle as a second job to his construction business. The elder Heimerls raised about 60 head of purebred Herefords. Their son, Jim, took livestock […]


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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.