Black Hawk County

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We are committed to provide our citizens with "Information for Everyday Living." Iowa State University Extension offers education and information to the citizens of Iowa through the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.

 • Volunteer Coordinator  See Description Submit cover letter, resume, application and three references to 
• Extension Program Specialist II - Arts, Communication, & Design Specialist  Read more and apply here.
 Aerial Applicator C-CIC (Commerical-Continuing Instruction Course) is now available. $35
                          Call 319-234-6811 to schedule a time.
• August 3rd Farmland Leasing Meeting at Hawkeye College 9:00am  $20, Please Call 319-234-6811 or Download Registration here. Read more.
• August 6th Summer Horticultrue Showcase, at the Borlaug Learning Center. $25 in advanced. Read More...
• August 12th  IDALS Pesticide Testing Second Friday of the Month at Extension, 10:00-2:00pm  Read More...
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!    More INFO!               
Schedule of events for Black Hawk County Fair.       
• Challenge Classes everyone can enter, not just 4-Hers!  More Details
    2016 FAIRBOOK (Rules for Exhibitors)  Goal Sheet and Fair Forms
• July 29, 1:30 NASCAR/IOWA Speedway STEM EVENT.... for first 25 youth. Read More, Register Here.
• September 17-18th Henry Doorly Zoo Trip for 6 - 8th Graders. Download Registration Cost $100
• 4-H Shooting Sports, First Saturday of the Month, 9:00am, Chickasaw Hall, Hawkeye Campus.
• 4-H Archery
SERVSAFE - July 13, 2016 at Black Hawk Extension  • 2016 BROCHURE
• August 3 - Making and Freezing Salsa Read More
• August 4 - Pickling Read More
 Cedar Valley Grows info         Download 2016 Local Food Guide
 Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  
         BECOME A MASTER GARDENER...Apply Here. Deadline Sept. 1. See brochure.
Master Gardeners...enter the 5th Annual All-Iowa Art Show, Deadline Aug. 1 Read more...

County News

July 17, 2016

Area families are invited to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Day at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair! The Fair has gone STEM! The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair’s Fourth annual STEM Festival will provide fairgoers an opportunity to explore hands-on STEM activities. The Festival, to be held Friday July 29, 1:00 to 4:00pm in Estel Hall on the National Cattle Congress fair grounds. is FREE to the public. View all our exihibitors!

July 13, 2016

The Black Hawk County Fair Board invites the community to join in the fun at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair, scheduled for July 26 - 30 at the National Cattle Congress, 257 Ansborough Avenue in Waterloo, Iowa. The event is FREE and open to the public. FREE parking is available on Cattle Congress grounds.
The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair highlights work of 4-H youth and FFA in the county. Exhibits and project entries include livestock and non-livestock projects from youth ages 5 years and older. The fair features traditional livestock shows, including beef, swine, sheep, and dairy and small animal shows, including dog agility, rabbits, poultry and hundreds of non-livestock entries in these project areas: child development, clothing, food & nutrition, home improvement, horticulture, personal development, science & engineering and visual arts. Read more...

See FULL Schedule: Schedule of events for Black Hawk County Fair.     
Projects all CAN ENTER: 
Challenge Classes everyone can enter, not just 4-Hers!  

July 1, 2016

At the National Cattle Congress grounds in the AG Building!
Begins Tuesday, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, 12,19,26, Aug 2

For questions call 319-234-6811 Sponsored by Farm Bureau Women, National Cattle Congress and Black Hawk 4-H.

July 1, 2016

Iowans can learn how to "Preserve the Taste of Summer" during online lessons and a hands-on workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County. A Pickling workshop is planned for Thursday August 4th St. Paul's United Methodist Church 3:30PM and a Salsa Making and Freezing Workshop Wednesday, August 3rd at Decorah Lutheran Church 9:00AM. Register and read more...

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Visitors will enjoy $70,000 of improvements to the Discovery Garden during the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11-21. It’s a prime example of how the Polk County Master Gardeners – and ISU Extension and Outreach – serve and give back to Iowans through education and engagement.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

July 28, 2016 03:07 PM

ISU Extension and Outreach fisheries specialist D. Allen Pattillo will host an Aug. 3 webinar where James Shelton, University of Georgia...

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