Stories by Chris Kick

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.

Hoffman Farms focuses on crops and cattle

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Christian Hoffman —Ohio’s Commercial Cattelemen of the Year — is a young producer but is on par with some of the best.

Produce industry to hear federal food safety update April 30 in Wooster

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FDA staff visiting Northeast Ohio to talk about food safety, hear comments.

Immigration bill would put workers on a path toward citizenship

Monday, April 22, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — Farmers, nursery and landscape businesses and anyone else who relies on immigrant labor saw a hopeful measure last week, as eight bipartisan senators introduced legislation designed to legalize existing immigrants. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act of 2013 was formally introduced April 17 by four Republican and four Democratic senators […]

Orrin McConkie: ‘Gentle and strong standing’ (1996-2013)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BELLVILLE, Ohio — He was a young man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. That’s how friends and family remember Orrin Dwain McConkie, 17, who died during a tractor accident at the family farm April 7. Orrin was known for growing a large garden, taking projects to the Bellville Street Fair, and […]

Immigration bill could come any day

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — An immigration bill is expected to be introduced in the Senate any day, following agreement April 11 between the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (representing employers) and the United Farm Workers (representing employees) on a basic framework regarding agriculture labor provisions. An estimated 70 percent of the U.S. ag workforce are undocumented workers. Current […]

GIPSA fines Martin D. Yoder Livestock

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — A local commercial livestock buyer and dealer has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration regarding claims about unpaid purchase prices and misrepresentation of grade and yield prices. Better known as GIPSA, the inspection agency enforces the Packers and Stockyards Act — a fair […]

Anna Dean Farm tour set

Thursday, April 11, 2013

See our feature story on the farm, and our photos. BARBERTON, Ohio — Bernie Gnap, 64, and Steve Kelleher, 60, have been working together to help restore the remaining buildings of the Anna Dean Farm since the early 1970s.Their decades-long effort is showcased every year during an annual walking tour. This year marks the 23rd […]

Historical Anna Dean Farm to open for tour

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Barberton’s historical farm will be open for public tours May 19.

Grand Lake St. Marys: ODNR says it complied; opponents not so sure

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has fully complied with all aspects of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Dec. 4 order that required the state agency to expedite the appraisal and compensation process to landowners near Grand Lake St. Mary’s. Late last year, the high court found ODNR in contempt for failing […]

New names for beef, pork are ‘consumer friendly’

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The goal is to broaden the spectrum of cuts that consumers are familiar with.

Cold spring is slowing early field work

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

National Weather Service says 10-15 degrees below normal this week.

Water quality, nutrient use legislation is on drawing board in Ohio

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Proposals from farmers and ag industry now being considered for new rules.

Congress: No meat inspector furlough

Thursday, March 21, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — The federal budget sequester that became effective March 1 still stands, but it looks like the meat industry is safe, according to congressional action taken March 20 by the Senate, and March 21 by the House. Both chambers voted in favor of a bipartisan amendment to a 2013 appropriations bill, directing $55 […]

Ohio Beef Expo combines lots of cattle, exhibits and education

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Large crowd attends Beef Expo for breed shows, sales and information.

Ohio Farm to School Conference touts healthy eating, hands-on learning

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The National Farm to School Network is now found in 12,500 U.S. schools. The organization helps educate students and faculty on food production, handling, tasting, cooking, education and dining.

Dairy checkoff still boosts market opportunity

Friday, March 8, 2013

DALTON, Ohio — Dairy farmers can only do so much to ensure the value of their milk. Once it leaves the farm, it’s in the hands of marketers, wholesalers and retailers.But, thanks to the work of the dairy checkoff, farmers have a major voice in the image and consumption of their product — a voice […]

New farm bill a priority for 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

More coverage of the farm bureau trip to D.C. WASHINGTON, D. C. — It’s still anyone’s guess when the next farm bill will be passed, with House Speaker John Boehner saying very little on the matter during a forum he helped host March 5, for members of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We had a really […]

Washington lawmakers talk budget cuts and sequestration with Ohio Farm Bureau

Friday, March 8, 2013

With the sequester just a few days old, representatives and senators weighed in on what it means to Americans and the federal budget.

Day one of OFBF trip to Washington: Regulations, and more regulations

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Approximately 70 percent of the curent ag workforce are undocumented workers, which is why labor is on the minds of the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents in D.C. this week.

Ohio completes danerous wild animal facility

Friday, March 1, 2013

Building will be located at the agriculture department, and be used to house exotic animals that have been confiscated or forfeited.

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