Recent Updates

  1. Business Retention and Expansion Program

    In difficult economic times, economic development is on the minds of many. Workers are concerned about employment. Companies are trying to stay competitive in a global market, and local governments fear that a business closure will reduce their ability to provide quality-of-life services to their residents due to decreasing revenue. A proactive approach that could be taken by local governments and local economic development agencies involves learning more about the needs of local companies.
  2. After You Say “I Do”: Adjusting to Marriage

    Who is this person I married? Who am I becoming in this relationship? Is marriage supposed to be this hard? If you find yourself asking these questions, you're not alone. All married couples go through periods of adjustment. Adjusting to marriage involves uniting two sets of perceptions, expectations, needs, goals, and personalities.
  3. Inoculants and Soil Amendments for Organic Growers

    Some non-seed inputs can be used in organic agriculture to ensure and/or improve crop productivity. To be organic certified, growers need to stop applying prohibited inputs such as synthetic insecticides, fungicides, and herbicides and ammonia-derived nitrogen products to their farms for a period of three years. Once a grower is certified, they need to comply with the regulations described in the Organic Foods Production Act and must use products that meet the requirements of USDA's National Organic Program (NOP).
  4. Biopesticide Controls of Plant Diseases: Resources and Products for Organic Farmers in Ohio

    Different agricultural practices, such as the use of crop rotation, cover crops, disease resistant varieties, and good seed bed preparation have been applied to control pests and diseases. However, such practices are not always sufficient protection from crop losses. Because of this, many certified organic growers turn to biopesticides to insure and/or enhance their abilities to grow and market high-quality produce. Approved organic products for plant disease control include many EPA-registered biopesticides.
  5. Special Improvement District: A Tool for Targeting Investment

    A community, neighborhood, or business district that desires public improvements and services beyond the level currently provided may want to investigate a Special Improvement District (SID). Most states formalized legislation enabling the creation of such taxing districts—also known as Business Improvement Districts, Special Services Areas, or Community Improvement Districts—in the 1990s. While the concept originated in Canada in 1970, the authority to create a SID in Ohio was outlined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 1710.02 as of June 27, 2000.
  6. Collecting and Submitting a Turfgrass Sample to the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic

    Knowing how to properly submit a turfgrass sample to the C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic can help in the easy and speedy diagnosis of the problem. Samples can be submitted that have come from golf courses, athletic fields, and residential lawns. If a problem is suspected, send a sample from the declining area as soon as the symptoms begin. Use the following steps to ensure you have the correct sample, packaging, forms, and shipping information.
  7. Safe Operation of Utility Type Vehicles (UTVs)

    Utility type vehicles are prominent pieces of equipment utilized in a variety of settings. The hauling features offered by UTVs have increased their popularity, availability, and use in work-related tasks in rural, suburban, and urban areas. Because of their hauling capabilities, they are helpful vehicles in residential, agricultural, construction, and industrial settings. There is a category of vehicles related to UTVs, with similar features and appearance, which is designed primarily for recreational use and known as recreational off-highway vehicle (ROVs).
  8. Resolving Conflict Constructively and Respectfully

    Conflict is a natural part of life brought on by our different beliefs, experiences, and values. If not managed carefully, however, conflict can harm relationships. Help with handling discord at minor levels may help to lessen greater risks such as divorce, and violence later on. Here are some steps that may be used to resolve conflicts, and some specific guidelines for helping children learn to solve problems on their own. The most important thing to remember is that practice makes perfect. Use and re-use these skills to improve interpersonal skills over a lifetime.
  9. Cultivating the Practice of Family Philanthropy

    "How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving, unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving?"—J. C. Penney Giving. Such a simple act that it is typically not given much thought. But giving is an important habit that should be learned and nurtured within the family. Giving establishes relationships and reinforces social ties. In 2007, gifts by individuals reached $229.03 billion in the United States. This equals 74.8% of all giving.
  10. Dealing With Anger in a Marriage

    One of the most difficult skils that partners must develop in a marriage is how to deal effectively with anger. Any time two people live together, there are bound to be episodes of anger. Anger is a perfectly normal, healthy emotion, but one that we should pay close attention to. If we were to give a definition of anger in marriage, it might be said that it's feeling mad in response to frustration or other circumstances and expressing yourself in an impulsive manner without thought. Anger can be used to justify feelings, displace emotions, or elevate self-worth.

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