Melissa L. Weber

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    12 Days of Experts: Protect Your Pets from Holiday Household Hazards

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Decorations sparkle with inviting lights…. and tantalizing scents from special foods entice closer inspection. Unfortunately, a too-close encounter with holiday favorites may lead to an emergency trip for your favorite pet. Dr. Ed Cooper, specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, reminds pet owners that holidays can be a dangerous time for dogs and cats in the home. Foods that are tasty treats during holiday parties can be dangerously toxic for dogs. Chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate, consumed in large quantities can make our canine pals ill. Grapes and raisins can also be dangerous, as well as certain sugar substitutes (xylitol) used in baking and found in sugar-free gum....
  2. Cropland Value, Cash Rent and Budget Questions Answered at Farm Science Review

    LONDON, Ohio – While cropland values in Ohio increased significantly in 2012 and are expected to continue an upward trend in 2013, lower crop prices are making it uncertain if the region will see the same level of increases, an expert from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) said. Barry Ward, an Ohio State University Extension production business management leader, will discuss his latest findings during this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 17-19 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, during “Question the Authorities” question-and-answer sessions offered daily at the Review.  Ward will field questions about farmland cash rent and values during “Land Values and Rents”...