Recent Updates

  1. Refrigerator Storage

    Storing certain foods in the refrigerator is a sensible way to extend the quality, safety, and nutritional value of your groceries.
  2. First Grade: Dealing with Morning Madness

    Have you ever found yourself frantically searching for your child's lost shoe five minutes before the bus is to come? Or forgotten your child's lunch money? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be experiencing a common family problem called "morning madness." The rush to get everyone off to school and work is a challenge to every family. To help you manage morning madness, Ohio State University Extension offers these tips:
  3. Renewable Energy Policy Series: Ohio SB 221

    The future of renewable energy in Ohio appears bright. The ever increasing demand for energy, the desire to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, environmental concerns, and green energy job creation are all factors driving the development of alternative energy. In addition, state legislation has recently established policy requirements that will also stimulate the future development of alternative energy in Ohio.
  4. Reducing Conflict over Child Support

    Financial Realities of Divorce Possibly the most explosive issue in the divorce process and in the post-divorce period is money. If financial disagreements were a concern during the marriage, money is also likely to be an issue after the divorce. There is research to indicate that finances are a source of conflict for half of divorced co-parents. Most divorced parents can expect a lifestyle change. Stretching income to cover two households results in less money for each household. This means a lower level of living for everyone.
  5. Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling

    Soil microorganisms exist in large numbers in the soil as long as there is a carbon source for energy. A large number of bacteria in the soil exists, but because of their small size, they have a smaller biomass. Actinomycetes are a factor of 10 times smaller in number but are larger in size so they are similar in biomass to bacteria. Fungus population numbers are smaller but they dominate the soil biomass when the soil is not disturbed.
  6. Know The Rules When Employing Minors on Your Farm

    Young people often have a desire to work on farms and many are excellent employees. However, as an employer, there are certain rules and regulations you need to be aware of before you decide to hire a young person. Understanding and following these regulations will protect you and keep your business in compliance with the law.
  7. Controlling Non-Native Invasive Plants in Ohio Forests: Bush Honeysuckle

    Amur, Morrow, and Tartarian honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) Bush honeysuckles are one of the first plants to green up in the spring and easily dominate this woodland understory. Photo by Kathy Smith, OSU Extension, School of Environment and Natural Resources.
  8. Where to Have Your Water Tested

    Ohio has about 1 million homes using private wells. Since property owners are responsible for the well water quality, annual water testing for homes with private water supplies is recommended. Many private laboratories in Ohio will analyze water from public and private water supplies. This publication lists laboratories willing to accept water samples from the public for testing. These water testing laboratories are approved (as of April 2010) by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio Department of Health.
  9. Parental Involvement Can Reduce the Risk of Teen Pregnancy

    Each year, almost 750,000 women aged 15–19 become pregnant. A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year. Trends
  10. Don't Clash Over Cash

    When asked how much money is enough, a wealthy individual replied, "Just a little bit more." Most families find there is never enough money, so sooner or later they squabble about how to spend the limited dollars. Meshing different styles of handling money doesn't just happen because people love each other. It takes effective communication, time, and effort. Couples often have a harder time resolving money issues than other conflicts. Money issues tend to be raised repeatedly and are more likely to be mishandled.