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New zebra mussel-sniffing K9s take aim at aquatic invasive species

With the fishing opener fast approaching, two new K9 dogs, trained to quickly locate zebra mussels on boats and trailers, will be helping the Department of Natural Resources prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. read more


Conservation Districts, NACD Celebrate 62nd Annual Stewardship Week

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts established Stewardship Week more than 60 years ago to educate the public on the importance of soil health, water quality, pollinator habitat, and other conservation topics. read more


Area I Senior Envirothon

The Area I Senior Envirothon was held at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The weather was sunny and beautiful but a bit breezy. read more


First Annual Soil Health Roundtable

Nine producers along with NRCS/SWCD staff participated in the first annual Soil Health Roundtable hosted by Becker SWCD. The event was held at the Detroit Lakes Ag. Service Center on March 22. read more


May – Now is the time to…

Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to see hundreds of flowering crabapples in full bloom around Mother’s Day. Make note of favorites you’d like in your landscape, but check them for disease resistance and ability to retain fruit over winter. 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


2017 Becker County Fair

Mark your Calendars - the 2017 Becker County Fair will be held Wednesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 29.


USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Program Contracts

Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) made several updates to the popular program last fall. read more


Congratulations to MASWCD Leadership Institute Graduates

Congratulations are extended to the recent graduates of a one-year leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). read more


DNR designates Straight River Groundwater Management Area

The Department of Natural Resources designated the state's third groundwater management area this week. The Straight River Groundwater Management Area in northwestern Minnesota includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford. read more


Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program tops 200,000 acres

Over 200,000 acres of Minnesota farmland are now enrolled in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program marked the milestone today at Dave Lochen’s Shore Acres Farm near Kimball in Stearns County. Shore Acres Farm is a beef cattle and diversified crop operation growing seed and sweet corn, soybeans, and wheat. read more


Conservation Volunteers Honored During National Volunteer Week

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is celebrating by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to celebrating National Volunteer Week April 23-29, 2017 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. read more


Get hooked on volunteering. Help Minnesota’s waters.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is seeking volunteers for its Citizen Stream and Citizen Lake Monitoring Programs. Program volunteers track water clarity, which helps the MPCA learn more about a lake or stream’s water quality. read more


Help monitor water quality on your favorite Minnesota lake or stream

Lowell Deede was on a mission to walk all of the roads in Becker County. While walking past the Buffalo River at a bridge crossing in April of 2015, the river looked beautiful. About a month later, he walked by the same bridge crossing and the river had turned to a muddy soup. read more


NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). read more


Attention 4-H Families

Please remember to save your Central Market register receipts with a “WE CARE” stamp and turn them into the Extension Office. read more


4H Newsletter

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