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  1. Making Jerky

    Jerky is a very versatile product. It can be made from a wide range of meats using various combinations of spices and seasonings to achieve the desired flavor. For thousands of years, civilizations have been drying meat as a way to preserve large animals that could not be consumed at one time. When jerky is made safely, it is nutrient dense, shelf stable and light weight. Specifically, jerky is meat that has been preserved by dehydrating, or removing moisture, at a low temperature for a long time. Once dried, a pound of meat is typically reduced to about 4 ounces.
  2. Pruning Backyard Grapevines in the First Three Years

    Grape gardeners often become confused as to what should be pruned off and when. Proper pruning will help maintain a grapevine’s potential of producing a good quality fruit crop, develop good vine structure, increase sunlight exposure into the canopy, promote the development of next year’s fruiting wood, and potentially reduce disease and insect pressure. The key to good pruning is learning how to select good quality fruiting wood to leave for cropping. 
  3. Whole Farm Planning Model

    Planning is one of the most important aspects of managing any business. This is especially true for farms and agribusinesses due to their complexity and the inherent uncertainties (i.e., weather, commodity prices) associated with agriculture. It is essential that farm managers take time to adequately plan for all facets of their business. Farm families are encouraged to adopt a whole farm planning approach as they develop strategies for the future success of their business.
  4. Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines

    Growing grapes has been a long tradition in many home gardens. Gardeners truly enjoy the fresh taste of homegrown grapes; however, the work to maintain grapevines can be a challenge. As with other fruit crops, grapevines need weeding, fertilizing, insect and disease control, and proper pruning to assure a bountiful harvest. For more information about homegrown grapes, refer to the OSU Extension fact sheet, Growing Grapes in the Home Fruit Planting at ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/hyg-1423.
  5. Planning for the Successful Transition of Your Agricultural Business

    As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face.
  6. Interviewing Tips for Judges

    Serving as a 4-H judge is both an honor and a privilege! You have been identified as having valuable expertise in a subject area and an exceptional ability to interact well with youth. Judging is the culminating component of a youth’s Junior Fair project. It is important that you realize the significance of your judging responsibilities, and that you prepare yourself to do the best job possible!
  7. Viral Diseases of Plants

    This is the fifth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  8. Plants Get Sick Too!

    This is the first fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  9. Nematode Diseases of Plants

    This is the eighth fact sheet in a series of ten designed to provide an overview of key concepts in plant pathology. Plant pathology is the study of plant disease including the reasons why plants get sick and how to control or manage healthy plants.
  10. Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

    Blueberries are a very popular fruit in the United States because of their unique flavor, small soft edible seeds, and easy use in preparation (Figure 1). Blueberries can be eaten fresh or used to make jelly, jam, pies, pastries, or juice. Blueberry fruit has many healthful properties. It is low in calories and sodium, contains no cholesterol, and is a source of fiber. A major constituent of the fiber is pectin, renowned for its ability to lower blood cholesterol.

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