Recent Updates

  1. 4-H Camp Active Threat Guidelines

    The following are items to consider when planning your camp to help better prepare yourself, staff, and counselors.
  2. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2016-17

    Ohio cropland values and cash rental rates are projected to decrease in 2017. According to the Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents Survey, bare cropland values in western Ohio are expected to decrease from 4.4 to 8.2 percent in 2017 depending on the region and land class. Cash rents are expected to decline from 1.4 percent to 4.2 percent depending on the region and land class.
  3. Infused Water with Ohio Local Foods

    Infused water is a healthy alternative to beverages that are high in sugar. It is as simple as adding some clean, rinsed and sliced produce and herbs to your glass or pitcher of water. There is no right or wrong way to make infused water, but these tips might enhance the flavor experience:
  4. Hobby Maple Syrup Production

    Late winter and early spring is maple season; that time of year when maple producers in Ohio and other parts of northeastern North America tap maple trees to collect sap. This sap is boiled down to produce maple syrup, or further processed into maple sugar, fudge, nougat, cream or other products.  Maple syrup production is unique to North America and specifically the area between Minnesota in the west, Kentucky in the south and the eastern Canadian providences in the north.
  5. Growing Broccoli in the Home Garden

    Broccoli is a popular garden vegetable belonging to the Brassicacea or cole family of plants. Other cole crops include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, and radish. Broccoli originated in the Mediterranean, where the name “broccoli” was coined due to its branching appearance. It is grown as an annual, with a life cycle in one year, although it is a biennial plant with a two-year life cycle.
  6. Carpenter Ants

    Carpenter ants are so-named because these social insects excavate galleries in wood to create nest sites. They use their strong jaws (mandibles) to remove quantities of wood as they expand the size of their nests. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood.
  7. Guide to Creating Food Plots for White-Tailed Deer

    Food plots require planning, design and management to be successful. Before investing time, labor and money, you should determine the goals of your food plot. If you enjoy growing things, working with the land and nature, and seeing wildlife thrive, you may generally find installing food plots rewarding. If you install food plots as a main goal to grow and harvest trophy animals, you may soon become frustrated. Food plots alone do not create large antlered, trophy sized white-tailed deer. Genetics and the age structure of bucks in a herd influence antler size more than additional food.
  8. Backyard Grilling: Food Safety Practices to Keep on the Front Burner

    Whether the fuel is charcoal, gas, electricity, or the open flame of a campfire, Americans love to grill. Grilling is one way to cook foods from all of the food groups. Proper food handling and food safety practices are essential for grilling up a safe and healthy meal. In this fact sheet, four foundational aspects of safe food handling and grilling are detailed: handwashing, cross-contamination, grilling/cooking temperatures of meats, and food storage before and after grilling.
  9. Growing Peppers in the Home Garden

    Peppers (Capsicum spp.) are warm-season vegetables grown as annuals in Ohio. They are in the Solanaceae family (also known as the nightshade family) along with the tomatoes, eggplants and potatoes. Peppers are easily grown and can be prolific producers. With the variety of colors, shapes and flavors available from sweet to spicy, peppers are excellent additions to any home vegetable garden.
  10. Chicken Breed Selection

    There are various reasons people raise chickens: for eggs, meat, show and exhibition or simply to enjoy caring for and watching chicks grow. For some, raising chickens is a hobby while others see it as a sustainable part of living. This fact sheet will explore characteristics of chicken breeds to help select the right breed for you.