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March – Now is the time to…

Order seeds now to start indoors under florescent lights later this month or early next. Check seed packets to see how many weeks ahead of transplanting they must be started. read more


Water and Sediment Control Basins funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), The Clean Water Legacy, and the Buffalo/Red and Wild Rice Watershed Districts

The Becker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resources Conservation District (NRCS) continue to provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to install Water and Sediment Control Basins in Becker County. read more


USDA Water Bank Program Helps Landowners Conserve Wetlands, Enhance Wildlife Habitat

Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide $4 million in financial assistance for South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota, farmers and ranchers to help conserve wetlands and improve habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, control flooding and strengthen rural economies. read more


A Minnesota Message....

It’s hard to believe we’re already into the second month of 2015. The recent weather appears to have returned back to normal for this time of year but with the ups and downs we’ve seen this season, it’s difficult to predict when spring will actually arrive. read more


Important ARC/PLC Program Deadlines Approaching

Producers are reminded that the deadline to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres is Feb. 27, 2015. Farm owners and producers can choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) through March 31, 2015. read more


FSA Announces New Yield Data for Safety Net Calculations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. read more


USDA Creates More Bird Habitat Opportunities on Irrigated Farmland

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces more bird habitats to be established in irrigated farmland regions through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). read more


Foreign Buyers Notification

The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. read more


FSA Signature Policy

Using the correct signature when doing business with FSA can save time and prevent a delay in program benefits. read more


USDA Provides Greater Protection for Fruit, Vegetable and Other Specialty Crop Growers

Free Basic Coverage Plans and Premium Discounts Available for New, Underserved and Limited Income Farmers read more


Microloan Cap Grows to $50,000

Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the FSA borrowing limit for microloans increased from $35,000 to $50,000, effective Nov. 7. Microloans offer borrowers simplified lending with less paperwork. 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 to purchase or improve farms or ranches. 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


Board of Water and Soil Resources awards $14 million in Clean Water Fund grants

In 2008, Minnesotans passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, dedicating funds to, among other things, natural resource protection and improvements. Since then, much work has been done to protect and restore our state’s vital natural resources. read more


Trees & Native Plant Open House

It’s time to think trees! Becker Soil and Water Conservation District invites you to their Tree and Native Plant Open House, Wednesday February 4th and Thursday February 5th from 8 to 4pm. read more


Reinvest in Minnesota Wetlands Sign-up Announced

The Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has received funding for a new Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Wetlands easement program. Applications are now being accepted from January 5th to February 13th. read more


U of M Extension announces 2015 Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference set for February 17-18 in Baxter, MN

University of Minnesota Extension is leading a 2015 Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, February 17 and 18, at The Arrowwood Lodge At Brainerd Lakes, Baxter, MN. read more


2015 Becker County Fair

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


Shoreland Contractor Training - February 19th

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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