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.

Sustainable agriculture: A degree of opportunity

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Degrees in sustainable agriculture are meeting a new demand at two area colleges.

Federal sequester could slow meat processing

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

USDA chief warns that a furlough of meat inspectors could be costly to the industry and consumers.

Northeast Ohio dairy conference challenges producers to increase milk quality

Friday, February 22, 2013

Annual conference offers advice on improving cow health, reducing somatic cell count.

FFA taught Brock Goodman ‘the stuff you use every day’

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ag education lessons have paid off for Morrow County young farmer and entrepreneur.

Coshocton County: A young farmer makes the calls at Young Farms

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ben Young, 24, is following in his grandparents’ footsteps.

Pa. preserves more farmland

Thursday, February 21, 2013

HARRISBURG —Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board recently safeguarded 1,445 additional acres on 21 farms through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program. The board preserved farms in 10 counties. They are Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Northampton, Westmoreland and York counties. Since the program began in 1988, state, county and local governments have […]

A ‘climate’ of ecological farmers meet in Granville

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

OEFFA members and supporters pack Granville schools for 34th conference

Animal ID at a glance (list)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Animal ID at a glance: (Click here to see main story) Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibits, rodeos or recreational events, are exempt from the official identification requirement in this rule. The specific traceability requirements for this group will be addressed in a separate rulemaking process. […]

New animal ID rule becomes effective March 11

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new rule on interstate livestock traceability will become effective March 11. USDA finalized the new rule Dec. 20. It requires general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock and poultry moving between states. Enforcement is expected to begin six to 12 months after the rule becomes […]

Fire destroys Wayne County barn, cattle and equipment

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The barn and its contents were mostly lost.

Graziers challenged to plan, take action

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

DALTON, Ohio — The 50-plus venders present for the North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference — held Jan. 24-25 in Dalton — offered a wide variety of farm-related products and services. But, according to Michigan dairy grazier Ben Bartlett, the featured speaker for the 12th annual conference, more than half of the products available were […]

Wildmans bring transparency to swine industry

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ohio swine farm moving toward more transparency, greater efficiency as a feeder-only operation.

DFA to pay $158.6 million in antitrust settlement

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The milk marketing co-op reached a deal on the eve the lawsuit alleging price fixing was set to begin at trial.

OPGMA Congress: Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement still gaining support

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ohio produce growers could be just a few months away from having a new state-specific produce marketing agreement.

ODA awards farmland preservation ambassadors

Friday, January 18, 2013

COLUMBUS — Agriculture is the state’s top industry and economic driver, and officials involved with the 13th annual Ohio Farmland Preservation were adamant about the need to preserve farming’s top resource: land. Ohio Agriculture Director David Daniels helped kick off the conference Jan. 17 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, where he […]

New structure for Ohio’s farmland preservation program

Friday, January 18, 2013

Changes unveiled at 13th Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit. … Ambassador awards presented.

Linking land use and economic growth in cities and farmland

Sunday, January 13, 2013

COLUMBUS — Land use professionals from the country to the city gathered Jan. 11 at the Ohio Farm Bureau and 4-H Center to discuss best use of land and development. About 160 people, including local government leaders and farmers, discussed everything from the successful Polaris Centers of Commerce on Columbus’ north end, to farmland preservation, […]

Ashtabula County steer disqualified after officials find drug in urine test

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Test confirms presence of drug acepromazine. State’s zero tolerance policy results in a disqualification.

Expired farm bill extended, but farm groups question the benefit

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The 2008 Farm Bill is extended for nine months. But many are saying it’s not good enough.

If abused, tell a relative or someone you can trust

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Read our feature story about Terry here. WOOSTER, Ohio — Terry McDaniel and his sister, Vicki, had it pretty rough growing up. The things done to them by their parents were abusive and at times even criminal. “You could do handstands and they’d still hate you because you interrupted their lives,” Terry said. “If abortion […]


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