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.

• ISU Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County has an opening in our Adult Nutrition Education Program, the Buy. Eat. Live Healthy. Program.(EFNEP)  The position is 30 hours a week and includes benefits. Preferred qualities include ability to speak Spanish. Closes Oct. 16th.  All applications must be made on line.  Resumes are not accepted, rather answer all questions completely on the application. See more and apply here.

 Now for sale at the Office! 2017 Indoor Flower Power Calendar - Beautiful! $7 Read more...

 Aerial Applicator C-CIC (Commerical-Continuing Instruction Course) is now available. $35
                          Call 319-234-6811 to schedule a time.

UPCOMING FALL Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training and Certification Classes to be held at Black Hawk Extension Call 310-234-6811 to Sign Up.

• Dec. 7 - 9:00am and Dec. 13 - 9:00am Pest Control Operator Read more...
 Dec. 7 - 1:00pm Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators

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

• Pro Ag Outlook Slides, Pro Ag Outlook Survey from Nov. 17th Meeting

• Dec. 12 Young Producer Group, 6:30-9:30 Norma Anders Library in Dysart. Read more

• Jan.  5 - Iowa Commercial Manure Applicator Certification, See locations  • Read more

• Jan. 5 - Feb. 2 Financial Information for Family Caregivers 5 week Series. Read more See Flyer

• Jan. 9 - 2017 Private Pesticide Continuing Education Course at Tama Hall, 1:30pm See other locations • See Brochure

 Jan. 19 ALL DAY CROP ADVANTAGE at Tama Hall, Hawkeye College Register Here

• Feb. 6 -  Strenthening Families Recertification Training Read more... Register here

• Feb. 7,8, 9 - Strenthening Families New Facilicator Training Read more...  Register here

• Feb. 7-22 - DRY Manure Applicator Certification in other counties. Read more...  See locations 

• Feb. 14 - Private Pesticide Continuing Ed Course at Hawkeye College 9:30am See other locations • See Brochure

• Feb. 14 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Ext., Commerical Ag1A, 1B, 1C &10 Read more

• Feb. 22 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Extension, Seed Treatment, 4 & 10.  Read more

• Mar. 1 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Ext., Ornamental & Turfgrass App. 3O, 3T, 3OT & 10.  Read more

• Mar. 8 - 9:00am - Commerical Pesticide C-CIC at Extension, Certified Handlers.  Read more

• Mar. 9 - Private Pesticide Continuing Ed Course at Hawkeye College 7:30pm See other locations • See Brochure

JOIN 4-H!    What Does Black Hawk County 4-H do? View our 2017 4-H Program Book!

 Time for 4-H Families to Re-enroll, Click here for 4-H Online! (Help sheet for 4-H Online)


Shooting Sports at Hawkeye, Cancelled for Dec. due to Construction at Hawkeye

• Dec. 10 - Archery at the Archery Shop, 9:00am Read More

• Dec. 10 - 8:00-10:00am BEEF WEIGH-IN at Hawkeye College Farm

• Dec. 29 - Wavy Words Paint & Pizza at Extension. 3:00-5:00pm

• Jan. 5 - Required Leaders Meeting (if you missed the first one), 7:00-9:00pm at the Extension Office


2016-2017 4-H Calendar


   SERVSAFE - Dec. 14, 2016 at Black Hawk Extension  • 2016 BROCHURE • 2017 BROCHURE


 Cedar Valley Grows info         Download 2016 Local Food Guide

 Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  and 2016-2017 Club Calendar

County News

December 2, 2016

All ages, $10 per canvas! Words and phrases have an important impact on us! Think of a phrase or favorite words that inspire you. No more than 12 words. Then come to our Paint and Pizza workshop and have fun on Christmas break! All supplies and pizza will be provided! Please sign up by emailing Emily at Limit to 20.

December 2, 2016

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, the state 4-H Program Leader presents the Meritorious Service Award to Diane Wolfe, Black Hawk County Youth Coordinator, Nov. 15th at Iowa State University!
Congratulations Diane on this recognition for your 13 years of dedicated youth development programming. Diane's achievements include membership growth, coordinating events and programs for the region, assisting with livestock weigh in's at the state fair, mentoring new peers and problem solving with creativity!

December 2, 2016

Protecting YOUR Retirement
Serving as a caregiver may stir up feelings of guilt as families struggle with what is best for the person in need and how it affects the rest of the family. One area that may not receive careful consideration is planning for a caregiver’s retirement if he or she reduces or gives up employment to help out another family member. 6:00-8:00pm at Extension. Cost $35. 5-Week Series. For more info call or email: (319) 234-6811 Read  more...

November 29, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the Crop Advantage Series at 14 locations across Iowa during January 2017. Each year the Crop Advantage Series provides the latest research information on crop production. Last year nearly 2,000 people attended a Crop Advantage meeting. Register here. $50 – early registration $60 – after midnight, January 12 or at the door. No phone registrations please register online. 8:15a.m. - Registration opens

Waterloo | January 19, 2017

Hawkeye Community College - Tama Hall, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo, Iowa

November 21, 2016

View our photos and see who received awards! Click Here!

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