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On World Soil Day, astronomy meets agronomy with 'out of this world' message

World Soil Day is Dec 5. When it comes to soil, most think agronomy not astronomy. But a new public service campaign featuring astronomer Laura Danly, Ph.D., suggests there’s a universal connection between the stars, the soil and all of the residents of planet Earth. read more


December – Now is the time…

Holiday cacti require short days and cool night temperatures to initiate flower buds. Keep these plants in a brightly lit, cool location (55-65º F at night, 60-70º in the day). read more


12th Annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference

Minority and immigrant farmers are invited to participate in the upcoming 12th Annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference (IMFC). The conference, a program of the Minnesota Food Association, will be held on Saturday, January 28 & Sunday, January 29 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota. read more


USDA Announces Applications Available for Conservation Stewardship Program

Starting in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept and process applications for enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the nation’s largest conservation program. read more


2017 MN Gardening Calendars Available

This award winning 12-month spiral bound calendar (9 ½ x 13 inches) is filled with full color photographs that highlight Minnesota gardening month by month. read more


USDA Seeks Applications for $25 Million in Conservation Innovation Grants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking new proposals for cutting-edge projects that will provide new conservation opportunities through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. read more


State grants help fund livestock improvements on the farm

Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson asks livestock producers to apply for a portion of $2 million in grants available for on-farm improvements... read more


Home on the Range in West-Central Minnesota

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Dale Rengstorf graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1987, Rengstorf made a decision to change his career and took on a life of raising Bison in West-Central Minnesota. read more


DNR releases Minnesota buffer map; implementation begins

As part of the state’s commitment to protecting clean water, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources today released the map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. read more


SWCD offering Free Nitrate Testing for at-risk Townships in Becker County

Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has teamed with the MN Department of Agriculture to provide free nitrate testing for residences in Pine Point, Osage and northern Carsonville Townships. Wells in these areas may be at risk of nitrate contamination due to geology, soil types and land use patterns. read more


4H Newsletter

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