Stories by Chris Kick

NOAA says Lake Erie will see ‘significant algal bloom’

Thursday, July 4, 2013

This year’s bloom is expected to be larger than last year’s, but not nearly as large as 2011′s near-record bloom.

Ohio Holstein Association still negotiating settlement

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Deal could be near, but not yet official.

Holmes County moving dirt, building and restoring at Harvest Ridge

Monday, July 1, 2013

Since breaking ground, the fair has constructed one large pole building known as the William T. Baker Building, restored an original 1910 bank barn and begun a massive excavation project to help level some of the grounds.

Immigration bill: Another Senate victory

Monday, July 1, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — The Senate’s June 27 approval of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act — better known as immigration reform — is seen by most of the nation’s largest farm organizations as the second major victory of the month. The first was the Senate-approved farm bill, which it passed June 10, […]

U.S. Senate approves immigration bill

Monday, July 1, 2013

SALEM, Ohio — The U.S. Senate approved comprehensive immigration legislation June 27 that includes a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and provides new opportunities in the ag workforce. By a vote of 68-32, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act, which gives immigrants and their employers  […]

Knox County Farm Service Agency employee receives national award

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The award recognizes his commitment to FSA and to Knox County, where he has worked for nearly 24 years.

Dairy update: Nutrient management legislation coming to Ohio

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Dairy industry trying to inform lawmakers as they prepare for new water and nutrient legislation.

Ohio Holstein Association fires general manager

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Board says it knew nothing about three-year-old contract until checks started to bounce

Farm bill: Now what?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — The House’s June 20 defeat of the farm bill raises some interesting questions about where the bill goes next. The 195-234 vote against the bill puts a damper on what most farm organizations were hoping would be a milestone toward a new five-year bill. The House Agriculture Committee could write a new […]

Federal food safety laws could cost industry millions

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio — When the new federal produce safety rules become effective — a process likely to happen in the next 12 months — they will do so at an additional cost to the farmers who must comply. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that its new rules, which meet the requirements of the Food […]

HooftyMatch will match you with the perfect cut of meat, or prepared meal

Friday, June 21, 2013

See the cut you want, and have it shipped to your door. Same thing with prepared meals.

U.S. House votes down 2013 Farm Bill

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Farm groups wanted the U.S. House to vote on farm bill, but most not pleased with outcome.

Sarchione Ford expands options for consumers and farmers in northeast Ohio

Thursday, June 20, 2013

RANDOLPH, Ohio — They’ve been selling cars and trucks in Alliance for nearly 100 years, and now Sarchione Auto Sales is ready to serve even more customers, thanks to a new location along state Route 44 in Randolph. Formerly known as Jenior Ford, Sarchione Ford is continuing the line of Fords and expanding with more […]

Ohio’s first agriscience STEM school to open

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

School will have a primary focus on agbiosciences, a proven field for careers.

Farm bill still brewing in the House

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner says he will vote on the bill.

County Line Produce Auction opens new facility

Monday, June 17, 2013

New facility brings new opportunity for produce sales.

Dee-Jays Meats has found a niche in Cleveland

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Processing and smoking meat is a passion for Mike Jessee and family.

Ayars’ Dairy is ‘crazy-involved,’ but cows still No. 1

Thursday, June 13, 2013

From milk cows to cow leasing and a variety of business ventures …

CNG is cheaper, cleaner but challenges remain

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The challenge — like most new and emerging sources of energy — is developing the right infrastructure and engines that will make the fuel cost-efficient.

Drought and high feed costs push beef to record high

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Prices for beef are up, but profits … not necessarily.

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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.