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.

Officials approve second phase of Champaign County wind farm

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wind farm gets approval, despite concerns by some residents.

House and Senate ag committees approve 2013 farm bill

Friday, May 17, 2013

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate ag committees both approved their respective versions of the farm bill this week, the House by a vote of 36 to 10, and the Senate approval was 15-5.

House and Senate ag committees take action on new farm bill

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate Agriculture committees have both announced new versions of the farm bill they plan to revisit in coming weeks, with the potential for full congressional consideration over summer. As of Monday, May 13, the Senate had scheduled its markup of the bill for May 14, while the House planned to […]

Horse plowing at Rohrer Farm is a spring tradition

Monday, May 13, 2013

Nearly 20 teams gathered May 11 at the Rohrer Farm near Wadsworth to demonstrate horse plowing to the public.

OARDC breaks ground on new ag engineering building

Saturday, May 11, 2013

After a tornado destroyed their building in September of 2010, a new research and engineering facility is being built that will house some 50-plus staff.

FFA bestows awards

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

(Proficiency award winners have been added at bottom. For more of our FFA coverage, including a video and slide show) COLUMBUS — The 85th Ohio FFA Convention was filled with hundreds of award winners from across the state. Here’s a look at a few of the top awards and who won. Ohio Star awards Jakob […]

Ohio FFA encouraged to “grow” at 85th convention

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Speakers and comedians challenged FFA members to build good character, prepare for a successful future.

FDA answers questions about produce safety rule in Wooster

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Public listening session drew growers from across Northeast Ohio and beyond.

Planting 2013: Cold spring could finally break this week

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Only 2 percent of Ohio corn is planted and 11 percent in Pennsylvania. But temps. expected to warm this week.

U.S. Senate Democrats hold rural summit on ag issues

Friday, April 26, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — Senate Democrats continued their call for a new five-year farm bill and new market opportunities for U.S. farmers during a rural summit on agriculture held April 25 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The session was broadcast to reporters via webcast. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said the 16 million people […]

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.

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