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February – Now is the time to…

Consider giving a blooming plant, rather than cut flowers for Valentine’s Day this year. Choices include everything from inexpensive African violets and miniature roses to large azaleas and exotic orchids. 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

A Minnesota Message....

Another year has come and gone. With it we saw the passing of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (new Farm Bill) and Farm Service Agency’s continuing efforts to begin program implementation. 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

Livestock Disaster Assistance Sign-up Underway

Livestock disaster program enrollment opened on April 15, 2014. These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011. read more

USDA Reminds Farmers of 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance Changes

The 2014 Farm Bill implements a change that requires farmers to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026) on file. 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. FSA defines a beginning farmer as a person who: 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

Maintain Quality of Loaned Grain: 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

LDPs for Unshorn Lamb Pelts

Eligible producers have until Jan. 31, 2015, to apply for Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) for unshorn pelts produced during the 2014 crop year. read more

Tree Assistance Program (TAP) Sign-up Continues

Orchardists and nursery tree growers who experienced losses from natural disasters that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011, can sign up for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). read more

Farming Operation Changes

Producers who have bought or sold land, or added or dropped rented land from their operation must report those changes to the FSA office as soon as possible. read more

BWSR highlights 2014 progress for state’s soil and water

The mission of the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is to improve and protect Minnesota’s water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners. read more

2015 Becker County Fair

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

BWSR announces $5.4 million in Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program grants

The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced today the second round of grants for its Targeted Watershed Demonstration Program, funded through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment’s Clean Water Fund. read more

Conservation Work for Honey Bees

An estimated $15 billion worth of crops is pollinated by honey bees, including more than 130 fruits and vegetables. Managed honey bee numbers have been declining over the past 50 years. read more

BWSR salutes outstanding 2014 conservation work

As 2014 comes to a close, the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) took time to recognize outstanding work done at the local level to advance Minnesota conservation. read more

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