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Most flowering annuals are available as sturdy seedlings at garden center and nurseries, but many will grow just as well or even better when you seed them directly into the garden. read more

Are you ready for spring planting?

As you move ahead with your spring planting plans for 2014 remember to take time to check over the content of your conservation plan. Perhaps you have acquired new land or are thinking about clearing some land for planting or maybe there is a field that you are wanting to tile or a ditch that needs maintenance? read more

Volunteer water monitors sought to help protect Minnesota lakes and streams

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. Minnesota’s volunteer water monitoring programs are among the largest citizen science programs in the nation, but in order to reach all the lakes and streams across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed. 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

CED Comments

We've finally had a few days of nice weather accompanied by lots of wind. Now it's back to the cold and windy weather which we can do without but I'm sure it will help dry things out. read more

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Offers Farm Bill Website and Online Overview of Farm Bill Programs

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (the Act), also known as the 2014 Farm Bill, was signed by President Obama on Feb. 7, 2014. The Act repeals certain programs, continues some programs with modi­fications, and authorizes several new programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). read more

Dairy Indemnity Payment Program

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the extension of the Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP) through September 30, 2018. read more


AskFSA is an online resource that helps you easily find information and answers to your FSA questions no matter where you are or what device you use. It is for ALL customers, including underserved farmers and ranchers who wish to be enrolled in FSA loans, farm, and conservation programs. read more

USDA sets date for soybean request for referendum (AO-1595)

USDA will offer soybean producers the opportunity to request a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act). read more

New Farm Bill offers increased opportunities for producers

The 2014 Farm Bill offers increased opportunities for producers including farm loan program modifications that create flexibility for new and existing farmers. A fact sheet outlining modifications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs is available at the FSA county office. read more

Rotational Grazing Tips: Cover Crops: Designing an Annual Forage Mix

Over the past year there has been discussion surrounding cover crops and utilizing annual forages in grazing operations. The objective of this article is to inform producers the strategies of using cover crops for producing livestock forage. read more

Important Dates and April Interest Rates

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2014 Becker County Fair

The 2014 Becker County Fair will be held Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, August 2.
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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

2014 Tree Order Form

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SoilWeb Application

A new smartphone application, or "app," is available as a free download for both iPhone and Android users to access soil survey information. The app, SoilWeb, combines online soil survey information with the GPS capabilities of smartphones.