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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


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


March Featured Plant of the month is "Red-Osier Dogwood"

Known for its vibrant red bark, Red-Osier Dogwood is easy to spot in the landscape during the fall and winter months. It produces white flower clusters in May that are used by a wide variety of pollinators. read more


April – Now is the time to…

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. Stop by the Extension Office to pick up a soil testing bag and information sheet. 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


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


2017 Becker County Fair

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


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


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


Becker County 4-H Holds Annual Awards Program

Becker County 4-H is proud to recognize accomplishments made by the youth and adult volunteers throughout the 4-H year of October 2015 through September 2016. Outgoing officers were recognized... read more


$13.4 million awarded to improve Minnesota’s water quality

St. Paul, Minn.— Cleaner, clearer water. Healthier lakes, rivers, and streams. Today, Minnesota took another step forward toward its water quality goals thanks to funding support provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. read more


4H Newsletter

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