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 & Outreach Black Hawk County is hiring an Urban Agriculture Specialist to join our county staff. Detailed Job Description. Those interested in applying please send APPLICATION, Cover Letter, Resume with 3 references to Shelly Smith,

• 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 Sept 18th.  All applications must be made on line.  Resumes are not accepted, rather answer all questions completely on the application. See more and apply here.

Flooding Information -                       

 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

• September 11th  IDALS Pesticide Testing Second Friday of the Month at Extension, 10:00-2:00pm  Read More...


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

• Oct 8th 9:00am 4-H Shooting Sports, Chickasaw Hall, Hawkeye Campus.

• Oct 8th 9:00am 4-H Archery, at 8602 W 1st St, Cedar Falls

• Oct. 2nd - 4-H Family Fun Night, 4:30-7:30 at Palmer's Family Fun

• Oct. 2-8th National 4-H WEEK

Oct 3rd - 4-H Record Books Due at the Extension Office  Record Book Forms

• Oct. 27th FREE Family Halloween Fun Night at the YMCA 6:00-8:00pm 

• Oct. 15th 4-H String Art Workshop at Extensiion 9:00-11:00am

• Nov. 3rd Required Leaders Meeting, 7:00-9:00pm at the Extension Office

• Nov. 10th Cedar Valley STEM Festival at the Five Sullivans Center 4:00-7:00pm - FREE

ª Nov. 19th 4-H Wreath Making Workshop at Extension 9:00-11:00am

• Nov. 20 - 2:00-4:00pm 4-H AWARDS BANQUET at the Electric Park

2016-2017 4-H Calendar

   SERVSAFE - Sept. 22, 2016 at Black Hawk Extension  • 2016 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

September 28, 2016

  Come and meet community leaders in our region who are working hard to create a community food web that improves access to good food for all, promotes healthy eating, and supports a diversity of thriving local food & farm businesses in our region. Read more... RSVP BY OCT. 5th!

September 14, 2016

Waterloo Cedar Fall Courier Article, Sept. 15th

Discovery Program 2016 Teaches Second Grade Students about Iowa Agriculture Read more...

September 9, 2016

4-H Family Fun Night, String Art, Jr. Fun Halloween Party, Wreath Making.... read all about it!

September 7, 2016

4:00 to 7:30 PM at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo
The festival is free and open to the public.

September 5, 2016

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 3rd. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Our Story: Gardening for Food Pantries

Start with an idea: grow fresh produce for donation to food pantries. Mix together ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition education, Master Gardeners and ISU Research and Demonstration Farms. The goal: More than 10,000 pounds of food for Iowans in need.

Read More

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News

September 20, 2016 12:21 PM

Families with land in 13 northern Iowa counties shared their family stories at the Iowa Land Grant Legacy celebration at the Clay County...

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