Stories by Chris Kick

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 […]

Goat meat is in high demand

Friday, June 15, 2012

This is a sidebar to our main feature on meat goats. Click here for that article. WOOSTER, Ohio — Meat goat producers like Marty Overholt and Tom Brewer of Glenmont — and hundreds of other Ohio producers are enjoying a good demand for their product while supplies remain low. According to the U.S. Department of […]

Overholts, Brewers focused on goats, and market opportunity

Friday, June 15, 2012

Almost neighbors, two Ohio goat producers are capitalizing on a strong market and an animal that is practical to raise.

Tea Hills Farms is ‘out on the range’

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ashland County farm champions pasture-raised livestock and gourmet poultry patties

Humphrey Farm still popping in Huron County, and across Ohio

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Stackhouse family has been managing the farm Humphrey Co. popcorn farm for more than 80 years.

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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.