Stories by Chris Kick

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

Smell of success: Ringler Energy opens new digester on Morrow County swine farm

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New energy facility can power swine farm, and about 500 residential homes.

Ohio specialty crop — hops — could make a return

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hops, once popular in Ohio, could once again be grown locally.

Farm Science Review panel talks economics of water quality, fertilizer tax

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

One panelist says best approach would be to tax farmers for applying nitrogen and phosphorus.

Miscanthus questions and answers

Thursday, September 12, 2013

(Source: Adapted from Ohio State University and Penn State University) Q: What is miscanthus? Why are farmers growing it? A: Miscanthus is the genus name for 12 perennial grass species native to Asia. A close relative of sugarcane, this tall reed or cane-like plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant in […]

As miscanthus crop matures, producers find more uses

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Originally farmers grew miscanthus for cellulosic ethanol, but producers are now targeting the fiber industries as well

Cold growing season has slowed crops, but not much

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We’ve had a much cooler growing season, but will it matter?

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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.