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August – Now is the time to…

Add more flowering perennials to your garden. Late August through early September is an ideal time to plant them, whether new from the garden center or divisions from your own plants. Make sure there are two or three weeks of decent growing conditions expected after planting them. Mulch around them, then after the tops die, rake leaves or straw on top, too. read more

Master Gardener Training

Master Gardeners are unique people who take an active interest in gardening, are willing to learn and enjoy helping others. The professional training they receive in horticulture makes Master Gardeners special. The University of Minnesota Extension Service provides this training in exchange for volunteer hours. Master Gardeners work with local County Extension Offices to provide valued research based horticultural information to their communities. read more

Checking Food Preservation Equipment

Food preservation season is here. Now is the time to check your equipment. Pressure canners are either a dial gauge or a weighted gauge. Weighted gauges do not require testing but should be kept clean and rust-free. Dial gauges should be tested every year for accuracy. read more

Notice of Availability of Proposed Revisions to Section I of the Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota State Technical Guides for Public Review and Comment

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is proposing minor technical revisions to the IA, MN, ND and SD State Offsite Methods (SOSM), which can be used in completing preliminary wetland determinations for Food Security Act purposes. read more

NRCS Announces EQIP Signup for FY 2018 Funding

Apply by August 18, 2017. Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms will want to plan ahead and sign-up for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding. Cathee Pullman, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Minnesota, announced that farmers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by August 18, 2017, for funding in 2018. read more

New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species

With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. read more

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics

With summer upon us, so come the many questions about trees, shrubs, home gardens and lawns. To help answer your questions and provide helpful ideas, the Becker County Extension Service features Plant & Pest/and Gardening Clinics every Monday (May-Sept) and Friday (June-Aug) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Extension Office. read more

Congratulations to MASWCD Leadership Institute Graduates

Congratulations are extended to the recent graduates of a one-year leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). read more

DNR designates Straight River Groundwater Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources designated the state's third groundwater management area this week. The Straight River Groundwater Management Area in northwestern Minnesota includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford. read more

Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program tops 200,000 acres

Over 200,000 acres of Minnesota farmland are now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program marked the milestone today at Dave Lochen’s Shore Acres Farm near Kimball in Stearns County. Shore Acres Farm is a beef cattle and diversified crop operation growing seed and sweet corn, soybeans, and wheat. read more

Get hooked on volunteering. Help Minnesota’s waters.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. Program volunteers track water clarity, which helps the MPCA learn more about a lake or stream’s water quality. read more

Help monitor water quality on your favorite Minnesota lake or stream

Lowell Deede was on a mission to walk all of the roads in Becker County. While walking past the Buffalo River at a bridge crossing in April of 2015, the river looked beautiful. About a month later, he walked by the same bridge crossing and the river had turned to a muddy soup. read more

Attention 4-H Families

Please remember to save your Central Market register receipts with a “WE CARE” stamp and turn them into the Extension Office. read more

4H Newsletter

The most current 4H newsletter can be found on the following website.http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/becker