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

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