Recent Updates

  1. First Grade: Children's Friendships

    Working out friendships is an important part of childhood. Children's friendships do more than give them playmates today—they are key building blocks for growing into an adult. Friendships, for example, help children learn social skills, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence. Children who have a loving, caring relationship with a parent have better relationship with classmates. What else can parents do to help their children make positive friendships?
  2. First Grade: Fun Summer Time Activities and Games

    The school year will be ending soon and your child will have a lot of extra time and energy for play and activities. Be ready to prevent summer boredom by keeping hands and minds busy. Here are some suggestions for summer fun. 
  3. Pantry Food Storage

    How long will a food stay safe to eat and still have the same nutrient content it had when purchased? Storing food in the pantry usually means keeping it in cool, clean cabinets. Cabinets tend to be warmer above the range, near the dishwasher, or next to the refrigerator exhaust. These are good places to store dishes, pots, and pans, but these cabinets are too warm for keeping food safe and at top nutritional quality.
  4. Refrigerator Storage

    Storing certain foods in the refrigerator is a sensible way to extend the quality, safety, and nutritional value of your groceries.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.