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.

We're focused on feeding people, keeping them healthy, helping their communities prosper and thrive, and turning the world over to the next generation better than we found it!

We are . . .                     Read Our 2016 Stakeholders Report!

           •  A community based agency working to bring research based programs and services to you! 
           •  Working to help people live better through life-changing programs and life-enhancing volunteerism!
           •  An answer line for alll questions related to family, food, nutriition, insects, plants, finances and farming!
           •  Focused on prepapring youth to be leaders and learners

           Or call 319-234-6811 or e-mail Abby Rippe,


IMPORTANT FAIR DATES for 4-Her's entering all projects in the 2017 Black Hawk County Fair:
 • June 1st - Blackhawk/ OPENING...   See DEADLINESRead more

• May 24 - Cyclone Tailgate Tour at National Congress Grounds at 5:30 more

• June 9  IDALS PESTICIDE TESTING Second Friday of the Month at Extension, 10:00-2:00pm • See Brochure

• June 12 - FREE Nutrition Classes at the YMCA for 8 weeks, read more

• June 16-17 - Region 9 4-H Jr. Camp for 4th-6th graders Download Application

• June 12-29th 4-H Day Camps Read more

July 7, 2017: Awards Banquet Scholarship Deadline for:• Lion's Club Award Application and Danforth "I Dare You" Award Application Due to Extension Office

July 14, 2017:Livestock Scholarships Deadline.
• Sheep Scholarship Application   • Pork Scholarship Application  • Beef Scholarship Application  • Mark and Karen Steffes Equine Scholarship

July 25 -29th -  Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA Fair! Read more....

Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fairbook 2017

JOIN 4-H!     •  2016-2017 4-H Calendar    • MAP OF CLUBS


   SERVSAFE - Next Class - Monday, May 22nd at Black Hawk Extension
2017 BROCHURE with more dates.

New! SERVSAFE SPANISH CLASSES: 2017 BROCHURE in Spanish, in English


 Cedar Valley Grows info         Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  and 2016-2017 Club Calendar

 Black Hawk & Neighoring Counties Buy Fresh, Buy Local INFO Flyer

County News

May 24, 2017

Come out June 7th, 6:00-9:00pm by the Waterloo Buck's Stadium to see the PrISUm Solar Car named, Penumbra. The first practical solar utility vehicle. Conducting STEM outreach, talking about their brand new solar car and how full time students at Iowa State University use their skills to change the paradigm of transportation. Iowa is fostering the innovation that will change the world.

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May 23, 2017

Thank You to all the Volunteers, Sponsors, Teachers, Students and Staff who made our "Progressive Agriculture Safety Day" at Hudson Elementary a fun and informative day even in the rain! See photos and sponsors

May 18, 2017


Black Hawk County 4-H is happy to Welcome Renae Michelle as our 2017 4-H Summer Fair Intern! Renae is a 2014 UNI Grad with a BA in Psychology, currently working on her Masters in Performance and Performance Studies. So happy to have you with us Renae!


And ….Welcome to Justin Rottinghaus. He will be our 4-H Summer Stem Intern! He graduated from Union High School, just finished Ag. Sceince at Hawkeye College and will be going to Iowa State next fall to become an Ag Teacher. Glad to have you join us Justin!

May 11, 2017

See Full Schedule!        Public Welcome to Enter a Project! See 2017Challenge Classes!

May 10, 2017

Tues. July 11, noon -2pm, Thur. July 13, 6pm-8pm
Urban Trees: Build your skills to make recommendations about tree species selection. Explore urban considerations for site selection and tree mainentenace.

Tues. July 25, noon to 2pm, Thurs. July 27, 6pm-8pm
Gardening with Youth:
The FoodCorps program engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff.

Tues. Aug. 8, noon to 2pm, Thurs. Aug. 10, 6pm-8pm
Landscaping for Wildlife:
Learn about simple steps to bring landscaping alive with birds, butterflies and more. Explore ways to beautify the yard and provide critical habitats for migratory and resident birds year-round.m engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff. 

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Managing Weeds, Insects and Diseases

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping Iowa farmers manage weeds, insects and diseases in their fields. Pest management is key to high yields and quality grain.    

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

May 26, 2017 11:39 AM

Farmers looking to transition to organic production need specialized training that can be provided through an Iowa State University...

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