Stories by Chris Kick

Mount Vernon livestock auction moves location

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Knox County livestock auction relocates, offers same basic services.

Ag outlook: 2014 will bring challenges to crop production

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New year will bring challenges for crop farmers, opportunities for dairy and livestock.

Dairy markets favorable for start of new year

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Profit margins, feed costs look better heading into 2014

Walmart, Cargill and BIO discuss ‘sustainability’ at Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium

Thursday, December 19, 2013

There are many definitions for what it means to be “sustainable,” but there are some commonalities.

Ohio corn, bean farmers back RFS at grain farmers symposium

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The proposed reduction in the Renewable Fuel Standard was a big topic at the Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium.

No farm bill in 2013, officials eye January for next action

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Farm bill battle will continue into another year … again.

Ohio sheep producers encouraged to ‘partner’ as they face water quality, expansion issues

Monday, December 16, 2013

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium focuses on water quality, expansion issues

Wisconsin dairy video shows abuse, panel says

Friday, December 13, 2013

Animal care panel says undercover video shows abuse, mistreatment of dairy cows.

Eleventh hour for farm bill negotiations

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Only a few days left to get the farm bill done in 2013.

Undercover film producer one of four charged in Colorado animal abuse case

Thursday, December 5, 2013

An undercover animal rights investigator who spent four months producing a video documenting alleged abuse to cattle on a Colorado farm is herself being charged for animal cruelty.

Out of sight, out of mind: Solar power makes sense on some Ohio farms

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Farm-based solar power is catching on in Huron County, and across the state.

Sheep dairy makes good sense for Medina County couple

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

SEVILLE, Ohio — Northeast Ohio has more dairy farms than any part of the state. But one dairy operation in southern Medina County is a real standout. Yellow House Cheese — operated by Kevin and Kristyn Henslee — is among the first in the state to milk sheep. That’s right: Sheep. There are roughly 100 […]

Farm bill by 2014? Maybe … maybe not

Friday, November 22, 2013

New farm bill clear as mud as Congress breaks for recess.

Bees, honey, supplies: Queen Right Colonies is a beekeeper’s destination

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

For most people, just one bee landing on an arm is enough to induce fear — if not panic. Imagine, if you can, a half-million. That’s about how many Lorain County beekeeper Denzil St. Clair figures he had on him in 2006, when he competed for the Guinness World Book of Records for most bees on one person.

Water quality bill details

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The state’s water quality bill, known as Senate Bill 150, was introduced June 25 by Ohio Sens. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, and Bob Peterson, R-Sabina. The bill has not received any formal votes, but has received testimony from interested parties within the ag community. According to the legislative analysis, which summarizes the key provisions of the […]

ODPA talks water quality, animal ID at fall dairy meetings

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Annual fall dairy meetings focus on issues of interest to Ohio producers.

Ohio’s Homestead Exemption program about to change

Friday, November 8, 2013

Senior citizens who look forward to a property tax break at 65, known as the Homestead Exemption, could soon find themselves ineligible if they make more than $30,000 a year.

Egg production study reveals vast reduction in environmental impact

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Today’s egg production is more efficient than previous decades and leaves a smaller environmental footprint.

ODA staff tour some premier Ohio cheese makers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ohio produced more than one-third of the nation’s Swiss cheese in 2012.

Animal disease traceability: If you haul across state lines, know the rules

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

During a public information session Oct. 30, state and federal veterinary officials gave an update on the rule and how it will apply to cattle.

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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.