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June – Now is the time to…

Don’t worry if you’ve gotten a late start on your garden this year. Garden centers are still full of healthy, well-developed perennials and annuals - even vegetables - ready to transplant. read more


80 Years Helping People Help the Land: A Brief History of NRCS

Eighty years ago, Congress passed the Soil Conservation Act in response to the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. USDA and farmers are still working together to address the natural resource challenges of today and tomorrow – for generations to come. read more


CED Comments

Spring planting is almost complete and what a change that is from last year. With the weather forcasts predicting rain we are set for a great season. Once you've completed your planting please call to make an appointment to complete your acreage report. read more


Alfalfa Winterkill

Producers who have major losses from winterkill of alfalfa or other grass species should notify our office. We know it has been showing up throughout the state and I would like to get an idea of how widespread the problem is here. read more


Loans for the Socially Disadvantaged

FSA has a number of loan programs available to assist applicants to begin or continue in agriculture production. Loans are available for operating type loans and/or purchase or improve farms or ranches. 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. read more


Becker County Master Gardeners Plant & Pest Clinics

Horticulture question? Ask one of the Becker County Master Gardeners during their Plant & Pest Clinics read more


A Minnesota Message...

Though the last several days have been filled with cold, dreary weather and the immediate forecast doesn’t look much brighter, we cannot lose sight of just how close we are to warmer weather. And when it does come, spring planting will surely follow close behind. read more


USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. read more


Microloans

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the FSA borrowing limit for microloans increased from $35,000 to $50,000, on Nov. 7, 2014. Microloans offer borrowers simplified lending with less paperwork. read more


Filing a Notice of Loss

The CCC-576, Notice of Loss, is used to report failed acreage and prevented planting and may be completed by any producer with an interest in the crop. Timely filing a Notice of Loss is required for all crops including grasses. read more


Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. read more


MAL and LDP Policy Changes for Crop Years 2015-2018

The Agricultural Act of 2014 authorized 2014-2018 crop year Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs), with a few minor policy changes. read more


USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers

USDA proposed a rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. read more


Youth Loans

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. read more


USDA Enhances Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers. read more


Save Time - Make an Appointment with FSA

To insure maximum use of your time and to insure that you are afforded our full attention to your important business needs, please call our office ahead of your visit to set an appointment and to discuss any records or documentation that you may need to have with you when you arrive for your appointment. read more


2015 Becker County Fair

Mark your Calendars - the 2015 Becker County Fair will be held Wednesday, July 29 through Saturday, August 1.


2015 Native Plant Order Form

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2015 Tree Order Form

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2014 Becker County Plat Book Form

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4H Newsletter

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