Recent Updates

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:
  7. First Grade: Good Study Habits and Homework

    Every parent wants their child to do well in school and to learn as much as they possibly can. To be good students, children need to develop good study habits at home and at school. You can help develop good study habits at home by approaching homework with a positive attitude and by providing an atmosphere that encourages learning. Here are some ideas that can help.
  8. First Grade: Understanding Sibling Rivalry

    Probably nothing upsets parents more from day to day than bickering and fighting between brothers and sisters. Some rivalry and conflict is to be expected among siblings and is actually considered a normal part of growing up. Children are learning to get along with others and this includes their brothers and sisters. There are natural reasons for sibling rivalry:
  9. First Grade: Holidays—What a Great Time!

    "TIME"—A Friend or Foe? "Time is the only strictly limited resource we have. We can borrow money, rent space, and buy equipment, but everyone is gifted with only 24 hours each day. Through all the devices and techniques known today there is no way to get more hours in a day. It is up to each of us to make the very best use of every minute in each day since it will not pass our way again." C.W. Lifer
  10. 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.