Recent Updates

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).