Recent Updates

  1. Ohio Farm Custom Rates 2010

    A large number of Ohio farmers hire out for machinery operations and other farm related work. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time, or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own the necessary equipment for every possible job; instead of purchasing the equipment needed, they seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job.
  2. Ohio Tobacco Farm Custom Rates 2010

    A large number of Ohio tobacco farmers hire out for machinery operations and other farm related work. This is often due to lack of proper equipment, lack of time, or lack of expertise for a particular operation. Many farm business owners do not own the necessary equipment for every possible job; instead of purchasing the equipment needed, they seek out someone with the proper tools necessary to complete the job.
  3. Frogeye Leaf Spot of Soybean

    Frogeye leaf spot of soybeans has been occasionally diagnosed in Ohio but its occurrence and severity have increased in the last five years. On an annual basis, it is more prevalent in the southern United States in regions with warm, humid environments. Yield reductions from this disease have occurred in Ohio and this disease can also reduce seed quality in food grade varieties and seed production fields.
  4. Community Reinvestment Areas: Economic Development Tools

    A Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) is an area of land designated by a local government on which property owners can receive tax incentives for constructing new or renovating existing buildings. The CRA Program permits municipalities, townships, or counties to designate areas where investment has been lagging to encourage revitalization of the existing housing stock and the development of new structures. Residential, commercial, and industrial projects are all eligible.
  5. Starting and Operating a Microenterprise Loan Fund

    Microenterprise exists in every community in the United States. From downtown shops and restaurants to machine shops or construction businesses, microenterprise is there, providing an income for millions of families and creating greatly needed jobs in urban and rural communities. For many entrepreneurs, the idea is good, and the market exists, but capital is out of reach. Microenterprise loan funds can be established to help small businesses get started.
  6. Using Solar Energy to Produce Electricity for Ohioans

    Because it is a virtually unlimited, clean, and renewable resource, the sun has the potential to provide an important source of energy to help power our way of life. Interest in solar energy is growing among generation scale electric producers in Ohio and throughout the United States. Solar energy systems are quiet, dependable, contain no moving parts, and produce no pollutant emissions, which is a tremendous advantage.
  7. Involving Volunteers in a Community-Led Business Retention and Expansion Program

    Existing businesses create most of the jobs in local communities. They are a major contributor to a local government's tax base and are the real economic engines of the local economy. A community may choose to conduct a Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) survey in order to better understand its current local economic climate. The program is often led by a local coordinator who serves as a point person. However, the coordinator cannot accomplish the BR&E survey alone. It is important to enlist a team of community volunteers to help accomplish this task.
  8. First Grade: Cybersafety—Is Your Child Safe Online?

    Are you worried about your child's safety when he or she is on a computer? Sometimes it's easy for parents to feel like their children are more tech savvy than is good for them. However, children are growing up surrounded by technology—it's second nature to them to know how to use it, even if you don't have a computer at home. What is most important is for you to teach your child how to treat other people and be safe at all times—whether they are meeting to play in the neighborhood or meeting online.
  9. First Grade: Setting Limits with Your Children

    Making and keeping appropriate limits is an important part of keeping your children safe and helping them grow to be responsible and confident. As your children grow, you may find there are some times when everything goes smoothly. Other times, guiding their behavior is more challenging. The checklist below may help you to stay on track or to fine-tune your approach to setting and enforcing limits for your children.
  10. First Grade: Nutritious Food for Cool Kids

    As parents, it is our responsibility to help our young children make healthy food choices each day. Remind children that the purpose of food is to help their bodies grow and to be healthy. Food should never be used as a reward or punishment for behavior or as a distraction.

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