Recent Updates

  1. Wages and Benefits for Farm Employees 2009

    Hiring and compensating farm employees is a critical component in many farming operations in 21st century agriculture. For farm business owners, equitable compensation is critical to retaining quality employees and maintaining a profitable and successful farm business. For farm employees, equitable compensation is an important part of employment satisfaction.
  2. Western Ohio Cropland Values and Cash Rents 2009-10

    Ohio cropland varies significantly in its production capabilities, and cropland values and cash rents vary across the state. Generally speaking, western Ohio cropland values and cash rents differ substantially from eastern Ohio cropland values and cash rents. This is due to a number of factors including land productivity, potential crop return, variability of crop return, field size, field shape, drainage, population, ease of access, market access, local market price, and competition for rented cropland in a region.
  3. Wind Energy Development as an Economic Development Strategy for Rural Areas

    Why does wind development make sense for rural areas? In many rural areas, utility scale wind energy developments can be a great way to expand and grow the economy through direct investment and job creation, in addition to significant potential spinoff development activities. Because of renewable state standards and incentives, including the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the Ohio SB 232 (which levels the playing field for wind projects by setting a property tax ceiling), more wind companies view Ohio as a new and exciting market for investment.
  4. Eating Disorders Awareness: Emotional Issues Involved With Eating Disorders

    Eating disorders are devastating mental illnesses brought on by a combination of factors. These factors may include emotional and personality disorders, family pressures, a genetic or biologic susceptibility, physical or sexual abuse, and a culture in which there is an overabundance of food and an obsession with thinness. Eating disorders are generally categorized as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, or not otherwise specified (NOS).
  5. Before You Say “I Do” Again

    Most people today want a marriage that will last a lifetime. A couple's expectations of marriage are often influenced by their past—they either want their own marriage to be like the family they remember growing up or they want it to be different. If they have been married before, the first marriage may not have lived up to their expectations so they may be expecting this new remarriage to be the one they always dreamed of.
  6. Eating Disorders Awareness: Eating Disorders Among Athletes

    Some athletes spend hours of intense training for their sport while practicing dangerous eating patterns in an attempt to lose weight. This practice often leads to eating disorders among athletes. This fact sheet will give signs and symptoms of eating disorders. Parents, coaches, and trainers need to recognize athletes with disordered eating patterns and refer them to appropriate resources.
  7. Enhancing the Adult Child/Parent Partnership

    Adult children, partnering with aging parents, provides an opportunity to work together to better understand and accept the changes that occur throughout the aging process. In today’s society much has changed yet much has stayed the same. Families are still the primary caretakers of their aging family members. According to Hugh Delehanty, co-author of Caring for Your Parents: The Complete AARP Guide, family members are responsible for 80 percent of the elder care being done in the United States.
  8. Choosing a Pest Management Company

    Pest Management Basics Proper pest identification is the most important aspect for proper control. Information about pests is available at the Ohio State University Extension website ( or at your local pest management company. A single insect or rodent does not necessarily need to be controlled. Some insects just wander into a structure and do not pose a significant problem.
  9. Nurturing in Stepfamilies

    Stepfamily life is so different from first marriage families because children are present from the very first moment adults marry and only one of these adults has known these children since birth. Stepparents who may know very little about parenting are expected to take on the responsibility of these children even though they may hardly know each other. And there are even some who expect instant love in these families.
  10. Algae for Biofuels

    Algae are simple, plant-like organisms but do not have roots, stems, and leaves. There are almost 300,000 alga species distributed throughout the world in seawater, freshwater, and wastewater. Algae are typically photosynthetic, namely fixing CO₂ in the presence of sunlight to manufacture their own food, but some are heterotrophic with no requirement of light, assimilating organic compounds such as glucose and acetic acid as carbon sources. Most of the current research and development efforts have focused on microalgae due to their high growth rate and oil content.