Recent Updates

  1. Rural Transportation Programs and Their Benefits

    Did you know that Ohio’s county and local governments can play a critical role in strengthening community transportation resources and providing public transportation options?
  2. Growing Giant Pumpkins in the Home Garden

    Cinderella rode to the ball in a coach that her fairy godmother crafted from a pumpkin in the patch. A fairy tale, yes, but growers of giant squash, Cucurbita maxima, are growing pumpkins that are approaching the size of small cars.
  3. Rural Neighbors—Living and Working Together

    As Ohio's population grows, farm and nonfarm families are increasingly living and sometimes working alongside each other. Farmers who are near the metropolitan areas have been familiar with this trend, while those in more rural areas are seeing pockets of new development around them. There are many benefits for the farmer, nonfarmer, and also the community to living and working together. These include increased awareness and appreciation of interests and increased trust and confidence of farmers and nonfarmers, and a shared sense of community.
  4. Struck-By Hazards

    Objective: To know the common hazards associated with falling objects so that injuries can be prevented. Trainer’s Note
  5. Stress Management

    Objective: To learn to manage stress on the farm or in the workplace. Trainer’s Note Learning to manage stress can improve mental and physical health. Identify the stress factors in the workplace. Discuss how to manage or eliminate those factors. Invite a mental health or time management professional to speak. Review the true or false quiz.
  6. Spraying Paint

    Objective: To observe the needed safety precautions when spray painting. Trainer’s Note
  7. Skin Irritants and Allergens

    Objective: To be able to describe the hazards that can occur when solvents and acids come in contact with the skin, and to know how to prevent this exposure. Trainer’s Note
  8. Substance Abuse and Injuries

    Objective: To know the effects of alcohol and drugs on the body and be aware of the on-the-job problems substance abuse can cause. Trainer’s Note Review the case studies or create others. Divide the workers into two groups to discuss scenarios. Identify the primary ways substance abuse can affect performance. Review the true or false quiz.
  9. Grapevine Nutrient Management: Petiole Sampling and Analysis

    Grapevine nutrient status can be determined by three methods:   Observing visual symptoms. Analyzing vine tissue samples. Performing soil tests. These methods should be performed regularly by scouting visual symptoms each season, analyzing tissue samples either annually or every other year, and performing soil tests both prior to planting and once every three to five years after planting.
  10. Some Options for Resourceful Living

    Being resourceful is the ability to find and use available resources to solve problems and achieve goals. It combines a consumer’s desire to be cost-conscious with environmental awareness, and enables one to live within their means.