Recent Updates

  1. Aging: A Natural and Beneficial Part of Life

    Aging is a highly individualized experience and age-related changes occur at different rates for different people. The functional status between individuals of the same chronological age can be surprisingly different. Research suggests that some individuals report feeling up to 20 percent younger than their chronological age. 
  2. Osteoporosis: Risk Factors, Prevention, and Detection

    Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” It is a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and reduced bone strength, which leads to an increased risk of fractures and poor bone quality. Throughout one’s life, old bone tissue is constantly being broken down and new tissue is being built to replace it. Most people reach their “peak bone mass” around age 35, then very slowly start to lose bone mass faster than they can build it.
  3. Coordinating a Community-Led Business Retention and Expansion Program

    Communities are better able to impact their existing business climate when they have a clear understanding of their local and regional economies. One way to learn more about the economy is to engage in a community-based Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program. When a community undertakes the BRE program, the process helps them implement best practices related to cultivating their business climate and ecosystem (Purdue, 2019).  Communities that actively implement an on-going BRE program focused on the retention and expansion of local businesses will:
  4. Involving Volunteers in a Community-Led Business Retention and Expansion Program

    Existing businesses create and retain most of the jobs in local communities. They are a major contributor to any local government's tax base and are the real economic engines of any local economy. A community may choose to conduct a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) survey to better understand its current local economic climate. The program is often led by a local coordinator who serves as a point of contact. However, the coordinator cannot accomplish the BRE survey alone. It is important to enlist a team of community volunteers to help accomplish this task.
  5. Business Retention and Expansion Program

    A Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program provides the resources, training, and tools to develop community capacity to better understand the local economy. Communities that actively implement an on-going BRE program focusing on the retention and expansion of local businesses will improve the business climate of the community, help make local businesses remain competitive, and stabilize the economy. Existing businesses are important to overall economic growth.
  6. Effective 4-H Club Meetings

    4-H club meetings are the foundation of the experiences that youth will have in 4-H. The 4-H club meeting is a key delivery method for 4-H programming, so having effective and successful 4-H meetings is essential to engaging youth in a great 4-H experience. Well-planned meetings allow youth to:
  7. Management Considerations for the Cribbing Horse

    Note: This article was originally peer reviewed and published through SDSU Extension (iGrow) in 2015. It was updated for an Ohio audience in 2020.
  8. Double-Cropping Soybean Following Small Grains

    Double cropping is the establishment and harvest of a second crop (usually soybean) the same season that a first crop is harvested (usually a small grain). There are two primary requirements for profitable double cropping: 
  9. Starting a 4-H Teen Leader Group 

    The following information is a guide for starting, expanding, or maintaining a teen leader group. Individuals who start a group or would like more assistance, should reach out to the Ohio 4-H teen leadership design team to be involved in the mentorship program. 
  10. Important Aspects of an Oil and Gas Lease

    Oil and gas exploration may have great economic implications for landowners; however, money is not the only issue at stake when preparing a lease. A good lease is about maximizing economic gains and protecting the land resource and usability. The terms of a lease should be favorable to both parties. Each landowner has a different set of goals, and those goals influence the desired lease terms. A lease is negotiable, and landowners should work with a knowledgeable attorney to amend an oil and gas lease to meet their desired goals.