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October – Now is the time to…

Tackle garden clean-up chores before cold, wet weather makes them more difficult. Pull frost-damaged annuals and vegetables, cut back damaged perennials, empty large containers and bring them into the basement or garage where they won't freeze and crack. read more

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Application Acceptance Deadlines Announced

Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). 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. 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

The Brink Lake Project

Becker SWCD is honoring Phil Doll of Goosefoot LLC and the participants in the Brink Lake Restoration Project, New Life Farms, Mike & Gayle Dretsch (“Dreatch”), Jud Komrosky (“Com-Ros-Key”), Ed & Ruth Ewanika (“Ee-Whan-e-Kah”), Don & Cecelia Grieser (“Gree-zer”). read more

CED Comments

Hard to believe but harvest has all ready started, yesterday I saw some small grain had been cut. The managed harvesting of CRP (haying and grazing) is in the process. read more

USDA Notifies Producers on Acreage History and Yields

Written notifications from USDA are underway to farmers that provide updates on their current base acres, yields and 2008-2012 planting history. read more

USDA Extends Deadline for the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, & Farm-Raised Fish Program

The enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1. read more

Margin Protection Program and Dairy Producers

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy) for dairy producers. The new, voluntary risk management program replaces the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program which expires on Sept. 1, 2014. read more

USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

Changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require producers to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026) on file. 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

Important Dates and Interest Rates

Upcoming Dates to Remember & Interest Rates read more

4H Newsletter

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