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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Moderate Electric Fields (MEFs): A Fact Sheet for Food Processors

    Jun 21, 2022

    Electric field applications to food at moderate voltages can inactivate bacteria, thereby ensuring food safety. Recent findings demonstrate that by combining electric fields and agitation, harmful food bacteria can be inactivated at a temperature of only 80 F after 10 minutes, while retaining the food’s nutrients. Electric fields also facilitate some food processing operations, such as tomato peeling, by making vegetable and fruit cells permeable.
  6. Invasive Species Management: Common and Japanese Barberry

    Jun 17, 2022

    Non-native barberry (Berberis spp.) are invasive, shade-tolerant, deciduous woody shrubs found in Ohio and surrounding states’ natural landscapes and forests. Recent research has indicated a relationship between high tick populations and the presence of the invasive shrub, making it crucial for forest and landscape managers to be able to identify it, manage it, and prevent its spread into natural and managed areas.
  7. The Benefits of a Healthy Diet for Children with ADHD

    Jun 16, 2022

    A healthy diet is an important lifestyle component that protects against long term health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. But did you know that eating a healthy diet may also improve attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms?
  8. ADHD Medications and Your Child’s Appetite

    Jun 13, 2022

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is common among children but may continue into adulthood. Features of ADHD typically include low attention span, impulsiveness, and over-activity. Children with ADHD can have behavioral problems, leading to difficulties in school.
  9. Comparing Traditional Meat and Plant-Based Meat

    Jun 9, 2022

    Recently, plant-based meat products have received significant attention. Some claim or misinterpret that plant-based meat products are nutritionally equal to traditional meat products, if not better (Seehafer and Bartels 2019). Although both are known to be sources of protein, there are some key nutritional differences.
  10. Overview and Cost of a Small-Scale Aquaponic Build at The Ohio State University

    Jun 6, 2022

    In the summer of 2019, The Ohio State University created and published the YouTube video The Ohio State University Small-Scale Aquaponic Build. This 16-minute video captured the build process of three replicated aquaponic systems at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, Ohio (Figures 1 and 2). The replicates compared aquaponics to hydroponics as well as various plant and fish species.