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  1. Close up of a pile of vegetable seeds on a white surface.

    Hot Water and Chlorine Treatments to Eradicate Bacterial Plant Pathogens from Vegetable Seeds

    Jul 15, 2024

    One of the ways plant pathogens are introduced into a crop is on seeds. Bacterial pathogens are particularly notorious for this means of dissemination. In general, the earlier a pathogen encounters the crop, the greater the potential for a serious disease problem to develop. This is why it is very important to start with "clean" seed. Properly used, hot water treatment kills most plant disease-causing bacteria both on and within seeds.
  2. A close up of a smooth pigweed plant.

    Pigweed Identification Guide

    Jun 26, 2024

    Plants in the pigweed or Amaranthus family are found across Ohio and can be difficult to differentiate from one another. Correct identification of these species is critical, as they present varying degrees of management and economic concern. Below are pictures and key identifiers for five of the most common and troublesome pigweed species in Ohio:
  3. A person hands someone an apple over a display of nectarines at a farmers market.

    Accepting SNAP Benefits at Ohio Farmers Markets

    Jun 7, 2024

    The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased by almost 7,000; from 1,755 in 1994 to 8,771 in 2017 (USDA ERS, 2022). And while this growth in the number of markets has increased access to fresh, locally produced foods for many, those individuals and families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as the Federal Food Stamp program) do not have the ability to spend those benefits at all farmers markets in Ohio.