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

Summer Fair Assistant - This is a temporary, 40 hour per week paid summer position from approximately mid-May to mid-August.  Individual will serve under the supervision of the County Youth Coordinator to assure that all aspects of the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair are carried out in a safe and efficient manner. Read more. Send APPLICATION to

Associate Extension Educator - position is a ¾-full time position housed in Waterloo while providing horticulture related programming in the community and delivering the Kids in the Kitchen curriculum to youth between the ages of five and ten years old. This position offers flexibility in scheduling of work hours as programs could be delivered between 6:30 -9 am, 3-6 pm and other times during the workday or occasional weekends. Read more. Send cover letter, resume and references to

Volunteer Postions: Dog Obedience Speciality Club Leader Needed, Read more..

• April 13 - May 18 Gardening Series at the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Libraries Read more

• May 12  IDALS PESTICIDE TESTING Second Friday of the Month at Extension, 10:00-2:00pm • See Brochure

• April 23-29 - VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK, stay tuned for more details...

• April 22- 29 - MONEY SMART WEEK read more

READ this POSTER. Then take this short quiz and be entered to WIN $1000!

FSQA and WEIGH-IN DATES  at Hawkeye College Farm, please call 319-234-6811 to book your time. Who needs FSQA?
• April 22nd - 9:00-10:30am
• May 6 - Sheep & Meat Goat WEIGH IN at Hawkeye College, 8:00-10:00am 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

                      MPORTANT FAIR DATES for 4-Her's entering projects in the Black Hawk County Fair:
MAY 15thALL LIVESTOCK (including dog and pets) ENTRIES: Must be entered into by May 15th except rabbits and they need to be entered online by July 1st.

July 3 - Fair Entry Deadline for: Garden Plot, Crop Plot, Communication Events
                 Extemporaneous Speaking, Educational Presentation, Working Exhibit, 4-H Poster Contest, Fashion, Fashion Revue, Clothing Selection, $15 Challenge & Photography

JULY 13thAll LIVESTOCK and NON LIVESTOCK (STATIC) projects need to be entered into by July 13TH. Enter all projects, you can delete later at the fair.

July 1stSTATE FAIR Livestock entries are due by July 1st web link coming soon.
July 25 -29th -  Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA Fair! Read more....

JOIN 4-H!   

2016-2017 4-H Calendar


   SERVSAFE - Next Class - Tues. March 7th 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

County News

April 30, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 23th-29thOur volunteers are a fantastic asset to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County and we want to convey your contributions to the public!  We would like you to share the reason(s) you enjoy volunteering with us.  We invite any and all of our volunteers to stop in and step into our Volunteer Photobooth any day next week between 8:30am and 4:30pm.  You will caption your picture by finishing the sentence, “I volunteer with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County because…”.  Choose from several signs that we will have available or write your own!  

Every volunteer that comes in and gets their picture taken will have their name put in a drawing for the chance to win a nifty gift!  We will post the pictures on Facebook and on our website… 

Come in, smile, and let us thank you!

Also read more about Black Hawk Extension's Service Enterprise Certification with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley!

April 26, 2017

READ this POSTER. Then take this short quiz and be entered to WIN $1000!
April 25 - 9:00am & 10:30 at Windcove, How not to invest your money and why
April 25 - 5:00-7:00pm Youth/Scout Night, Open to ALL, Learn about money at the YMCA

April 25, 2017

Available for questions each Tuesday morning until Nov. 1. Please call the Extension Office at: 319-234-6811. If you are dropping off a sample....please put in a plastic bag. THANKS!

April 21, 2017

Last week, during Extension Week, all staff from Bremer, Black Hawk, Butler, Buchanan, Grundy and Tama gathered at the Waterloo Center for the Arts! Everyone enjoyed learning about new happening of each county along with listening to great speakers. Speakers included Margaret Van Ginkel, Hotline Coordinator/Human Sciences Specialist, and Communication Strategies/Social Media speakers; Greg Wallace and Karen Lathrop. Thanks to the planning committee for planning a great event. And thanks to the Waterloo Center of the Arts for providing great accommodations and atmosphere. See more photos on FACEBOOK!

April 18, 2017

The 8 lessons are free and can be done in your home.
Recipes and cooking are included. income guidelines apply 

Sign-up today! 

Please Contact: Gail Forristall, Teresa Manzanares Rigel teresamr@iastate.eduSusan Potwin -,  Or Call 319-234-6811

See Brochure. View Spanish Brochure.

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