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  1. Forestry Terms for Ohio Forest Landowners

    Oct 11, 2022

    Private forest landowners own 85% of Ohio’s forestland. Because of this, these landowners control the future of Ohio’s forests and those forests’ contributions to not only the Ohio economy, but also wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreation.
  2. Promising Practices and Benefits of 4-H Members Saying Thank You

    Oct 6, 2022

    Saying “thank you” and showing gratitude are valuable skills to master for both youth and adults. These life skills need to be practiced and developed over time. While this document focuses on 4-H members, the concepts can be used in any situation. A written and verbal thank you should be given any time you receive a gift, donation, or help—such as a letter of recommendation or assistance with your 4-H project (Rivetto 2013).
  3. Ambrosia Coloration in Maple Trees

    Aug 31, 2022

    Maple trees are naturally found across Ohio. Their vibrant fall colors and fast growth rates make them popular in urban areas. In forests, they provide important products such as lumber and syrup, along with wildlife habitat, water quality, and aesthetics. Maple trees, however, can be attacked by beetles, tapped for maple syrup, or otherwise injured.
  4. Soil Quality Test Kit

    Mar 10, 2008

    There is a need for farmers and growers to be able to evaluate soil quality in the field to help guide sustainability of agricultural management practices. Since soil organic matter (SOM) is the most widely acknowledged core indicator of soil quality, temporal changes in small but relatively active fractions of SOM may provide an early indication of soils' functional capability in response to management practices.
  5. Interpreting a Soil Test Report

    Aug 8, 2022

    Soil test report formats vary from laboratory to laboratory. However, while report formats differ, any standard soil test report has the critical information needed to make a nutrient recommendation. This fact sheet helps you identify common soil test terms you will find regardless of the report format.
  6. Choosing a Laboratory for Nutrient and Soil Health Testing

    Jul 22, 2022

    Soil testing provides key information about soil nutrient availability. It is also increasingly used to identify the soil's biological and physical characteristics to give a complete picture of overall soil health. Farmers, gardeners, and landowners can use soil testing data to optimize their nutrient management plans. Implementing recommendations based on soil test data prevents under- or over-application of lime and fertilizers. In Ohio, there are several laboratories to choose from, all of which offer a variety of soil and other valuable tests.
  7. Ohio Opportunity Zones in Community and Economic Development

    Jul 21, 2022

    This fact sheet is intended as a guide for community planners, economic development professionals, elected officials, extension professionals, and investors interested in place-based development in opportunity zones (OZs). It provides background information on OZs and details about the Ohio-specific tax options.
  8. DORA - Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas

    Jul 21, 2022

    “DORA” stands for “Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.” Effective since 2015, Ohio law legalized the creation of DORAs in qualifying municipalities and townships (Ohio Revised Code 4301.82 2022). “The DORA essentially draws a mapped-out district, typically within a downtown or mixed-use area, in which patrons 21 and over purchase alcoholic beverages from approved restaurants and carry their drinks outside and within the DORA boundaries” (Wiles 2021).
  9. Small Ruminant Production: Are CIDRs Reusable?

    Jun 28, 2022

    Whether it's at the state fair or local livestock auction, a conversation that commonly occurs among producers revolves around the success rate of their breeding programs. In New Zealand during the late 1980s, a controlled internal drug release (CIDR) was developed and released for intravaginal release of progesterone (P4).
  10. Evaluating Body Composition of Horses

    Jun 27, 2022

    Nutrition and feeding management support all aspects of a horse’s health and welfare. Regular evaluation of the horses in your care can help you identify potential issues before they develop further, as well as monitor progress toward a healthy physique. This fact sheet details how to measure and evaluate equine body weight, fat storage (i.e., body condition scoring), and muscling.