Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Sense of urgency as farm bill conference begins

Friday, November 1, 2013

Farm bill conference took years to reach — members hope it doesn’t take years to finish

Ohio man thinks woolly and bulky Merino sheep are ‘beautiful’

Friday, October 25, 2013

Kenrick Smith, 59, is a wool person. He has won dozens of awards with his sheep and their fleece, including 14 Ohio State Fair wool championships, and various international awards.

Ohio EPA Nutrient Reduction Strategy to measure ‘health of streams’

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is awaiting Congressional action on a Nutrient Reduction Strategy that it submitted to the federal EPA June 28.

The proposal seeks new limits on the amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen that can enter Ohio’s various streams and water bodies, but in relation to the aquatic life in a particular stream, and other biological factors.

Cheese makers know their Swiss

Thursday, October 24, 2013

When you eat Guggisberg Premium Swiss cheese, you can honestly say you’ve had the best.

At least, according to the results of the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, which presented this year’s top Swiss cheese award to Guggisberg Cheese, of Holmes County.

Government shutdown means less clarity in the markets

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How much corn and soybeans has the nation harvested? How much is being exported? We’d know more, if government were open.

U.S. House appoints farm bill conferees

Monday, October 14, 2013

The House and Senate have both named their members who will conference the new farm bill.

Farm groups appeal EPA rule for Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Friday, October 11, 2013

Farmers say issue belongs in the state hands, not the U.S. EPA.

Apple harvest looking good, pushing limits

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This year’s apple crop appears favorable, and for states like Michigan and New York, that’s a big improvement over last year.

OSU’s new ‘intelligent sprayer’ reduces pesticide use, off-target contamination

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Intelligent sprayer puts spray where farmers want it.

Amid shutdown, what about the farm bill?

Friday, October 4, 2013

What about that farm bill that expired during the shutdown?

OARDC plots show oilseed crop potential

Friday, October 4, 2013

Oilseed plots at OARDC provide insight into oil and fiber potential.

Three Rivers Energy to re-open Coshocton ethanol plant

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Three Rivers Energy set to re-open the Coshocton area ethanol plant

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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.