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  1. New Year’s Resolution

    Dec. 30, 2016

    Whether it’s losing a few of the pounds you put on during the holidays, keeping a tidier house, yelling at your kids less or getting control of your finances, we all feel the need to reflect on the previous year and promise ourselves to “do better” in 2017. 

  2. Woolly Bear Caterpillars

    Nov. 10, 2015

    At this time of the year one can often spot caterpillars scampering, or at least moving as quickly as a caterpillar can, across the hot asphalt as one walks or bikes down the road.  They can be exceptionally abundant on country roads bordered by soybean fields.  The caterpillars look like undulating cheese puffs making their way across the road.  These are woolly bear caterpillars and there are eight or more species in the U.S.  Woolly bears are the caterpillar stage of a medium sized moth known as tiger moths (Family Arctiidae).

  3. Volunteering is Good for the Soul

    Nov. 10, 2015

    With fall harvest completed and fall tillage work stirring up some dust we all know the start of the holiday season is just around the corner.  Also the Liberty Center in Liberty Township held their grand opening to the pleasure of numerous shoppers recently.  My kids have already started telling me what they want Santa to bring them for Christmas.  Parents know that 2015 is almost over and many forgot about their resolutions seven months ago.  Some will simply forget about their 2015 resolutions and begin to think about creating their 2016 resolution list.  I would encourage youth and...

  4. OSU Extension to Host Annie’s Project

    Oct. 28, 2015

    Hamilton, Ohio -- Women in agriculture who are interested in taking a more active role in farm operations may sign up for Annie's Project, a multi-part risk-management course offered by Ohio State University Extension.

    The workshop is being sponsored by the OSU Extension office in Butler County.  The six-week workshop will be held at the OSU Extension Office, 1802 Princeton Rd., beginning January 5, 2016 and running consecutive Tuesday evenings through February 9th.  Each program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

  5. Be a Real Money, Real World Volunteer!

    Oct. 16, 2015

    We are gearing up for several Real Money, Real World (RMRW) simulations at Butler County Schools. Our first event is only 2 weeks away! RMRW is a wonderful opportunity to share your “real world” knowledge with high school students.

    Students obtain an occupation, family and salary equivalent to the average monthly salary of a selected occupation. Classroom teachers explain the process of opening a checking and savings account, calculating net pay, paying bills, setting aside money for savings, writing checks and balancing a checkbook in four classroom lessons.

  6. Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Program

    Oct. 16, 2015

    Who needs to be certified under the new Agricultural Nutrient Law?  Fertilizer certification is required by September 30, 2017 if you apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale.  Under this law, fertilizers are materials that contain one or more recognized plant nutrients and have a guaranteed analysis.  Limestone, manure and other residual farm products are excluded unless they are mixed with fertilizer materials.  A certificate is not required if you only use start-up fertilizer through the planter, or if a certified...

  7. Is Your Farm Lease Enforceable?

    Oct. 14, 2015

    We commonly get questions about farm leases in the Extension office.  It is important to understand what standard items need to go into the farm lease in case there are questions or issues that come up later on down the road.  Conforming to Ohio’s legal requirements is important so that the agreement remains a valuable transaction.  Peggy Kirk-Hall, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law, Assistant Professor for The Ohio State University, offers several pieces of advice to landowners and farm operators who want to make sure that their farm lease is legally enforceable.

  8. 4-H CARTEENS Earn Community Service Hours for School

    Oct. 02, 2015

    Summer is officially over now that all the kids are back in school; Friday night high school football games are taking place all across Ohio; and, fall harvest is just around the corner.  Summer has truly come and gone for 2015.  This also means more teens are on our roadways during the school week.  More teens are settling in to the new school year with homework, extracurricular activities, and going to work.  This week I would like to focus my article on teen drivers.  How many of you know what the 4-H CARTEENS program is all about?  The 4-H CARTEENS primary purpose is to decrease the...

  9. Choosing a milkweed species for your garden

    Sep. 29, 2015

    You have no doubt seen or heard about the declining monarch butterfly population. Home gardeners are encouraged to plant milkweed to provide the host plant for the monarch caterpillars. There are 13 varieties of milkweed native to Ohio, but three of these are the most commonly available in seed packets. These three species are very different in their appearance and their growth characteristics. Knowing the difference will allow you to select the species that will fit best into your home garden beds. 

  10. Important Tips to Make Next Year’s Garden a Success

    Sep. 18, 2015

    Have you begun the process of planning your 2016 vegetable garden?  I can hear the chuckling, if not outright laughter, at the thought of doing so now while 2015 gardens are still in full swing.  Although December and January are when seed catalogs arrive and you have hours to plan your upcoming garden, it is NOT a time when you can walk out to the garden and critically inspect it, weighing its merits and its problems.  Thus a critical review of this year’s garden now is the key to improving your next year's garden's overall performance.