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Have your soil tested if you plan to start a new flower or vegetable garden, or if one you have is not performing well. University of Minnesota’ Soil Testing Lab will analyze the soil and make recommendations based on reliable data. read more

Demand High for RIM Wetlands Easement Program

Conservation easements have been an important and popular tool in Minnesota’s efforts to conserve and protect our water, wildlife, and soil resources. The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today the results of the 2015 ReInvest in Minnesota (RIM) Wetlands program sign-up, which continues that tradition. 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

Red River Basin Initiative (RRBI)

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

A Minnesota Message...

Spring is nearly here! At least that’s what the forecast wants us to believe. With temperatures reaching levels more consistently above freezing, it’s a sure sign that spring planting might finally be just around the corner. read more


FSA has announced an extension of the Base Reallocation & Yield Update process, which initially was set to end on February 27, 2015. Producers now have until March 31, 2015, to complete the base and yield update process. read more

USDA Provides One-Time Extension of Deadline to Update Base Acres or Yield History for ARC/PLC Programs

Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31 read more

March 31 - Deadline for Base/Yield Updates & ARC/PLC Program Elections

March 31, 2015, is the deadline for farmland owners to take advantage of the rare opportunity to reallocate a farm’s base acres and update its program payment yields. read more

Loans for Targeted Underserved Producers

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

NAP Deadline for Spring-Seeded Crops & Perennial Pasture

The Becker County FSA Office wants to remind producers that March 16, 2015, is the application deadline to sign up for Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on spring-seeded crops that historically have been ineligible for federal crop insurance and perennial native pasture. read more

Beginning Farmer Loans

FSA assists beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises. Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans. 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

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

USDA Announces Changes to Fruit, Vegetable and Wild Rice Planting Rules

Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced fruit, vegetable and wild rice provisions that affect producers who intend to participate in certain programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014. 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

Collateral Reminders for Marketing Assistance Loans

Bins are ideally designed to hold a level volume of grain. When bins are overfilled and grain is heaped up, airflow is hindered and the chance of spoilage increases. read more

Controlled Substance

Any person convicted under federal or state law of a controlled substance violation could be ineligible for USDA payments or benefits. Violations include planting, harvesting or growing a prohibited plant. read more

Breaking New Ground

Agricultural producers are reminded to consult with FSA and NRCS before breaking out new ground for production as doing so without prior authorization may put a producer’s federal farm program benefits in jeopardy. read more

CTIC, SARE and ASTA Survey Farmers on Cover Crops

Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops—whether or not they use cover crops themselves—in a national survey, now in its third year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management practice. 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