County News

August 18, 2015

Open to All and No Charge!
Please mark your calendars and get ready for this upcoming Growing Season Webinar Series brought to you by Master Gardeners at Iowa State University. Starting Tuesday, August 25th at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office, we will be venturing on a 3 part (2 hour long) growing season webinar series that will begin with • Design from Yard to Trough, • Water in the Garden, and followed by • Pollinators & Growing Herbs.  Please bring family or friends and sign up here!

August 17, 2015

The Black Hawk County 4-H program is recruiting adult volunteers to join the county’s First LEGO League Program. Currently there are two 4-H First LEGO League clubs active in Black Hawk County, and more youths are waiting for coaches. Please read more:

August 16, 2015

4-H members fed and cared for chickens as a 4-H Broiler Chick Project. This project brought 950 pounds of fresh meat delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Fresh meat is a rarity for food bank patrons. This year’s total brings the overall total to more than 1 ton of chicken donated by Blackhawk County 4-H’ers over the past 3 years. Special Thank You to: Reiter Farms, Dusk to Dawn, Charlotte and Ron Nielson, Loretta and Steve Doepke, Mike and Lynn Pipho. And to our 4-H familys: Sage's, Zuck's, Steege's, Brockelsby's, Ruzicka's, Bechthold's, Fettkether's, Pipho's, Drinovsky's, McIntoch's, Scott's, Miller's VanDaele's and Koelling's!  AWESOME JOB!

“The Northeast Iowa Food Bank greatly appreciates the partnership with Black Hawk County 4h and Extension, stated Barbara Prather, Executive Director.  There is never enough protein items available for those we serve and to watch this project from start to finish is simply amazing.  It not only provides protein items for people in need, it also enables kids to act and do something great for their community.”

Thank YOU and all of the 4H kids!, Sheri Huber-Otting, Northeast Iowa Book Bank

August 16, 2015

The field day is free and open to the public.  The Annual August Field Day at the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm is from 1:00 to 4:15 PM.  It starts at the Borlaug Learning Center Headquarters on the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm.  Directions: From Nashua at the Jct. of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm.  CCA credits are available (1 SW, 1 PM, 1CM, 1 PD).  For more information about the event, call Terry Basol at 641-426-6801.

August 3, 2015

We are very proud of all our 4-Hers and FFA Members who worked on their projects. And Congrats to all going to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 13 -23!  View all the participants:

July 30, 2015


Thanks for attending our FAIR! See all our photos! Also please take minute to share your commets with us.

July 27, 2015

Thursday, September 10 at the Animal Rescure League of Iowa Conference Center in Des Moines. The theme for this year’s conference is “Population Health – Growing in Rural Iowa”. The conference will begin with a keynote presentation from Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture (invited). IRHA Member $60.00. Non-Member $80.00. Register before Sept. 2 to avoid $15 late fee. Click here to regisiter on paper. Or On-line.

July 22, 2015

Congrats to Alex Fouts and Jen Swalve as our 2015 King and Queen! And to Jennifer Wiley on being chosen as "Runner-Up". Also in the court is Larissa Boesen, Maria Geisler and Maddie Herring. Also congrats to Jessica Cox for being chosen as the 2015 National Cattle Congress Queen!

June 30, 2015

Black Hawk County Extension is proud to announce Justin Edwards has being chosen has the "June 2015 Young Alum of the Month'!  Please read more!

May 28, 2015

Cost: $100. Depart from Black Hawk Extension Office on Sat. Sept. 19th. Includes transportation, zoo admission, camp-out fee, 2 afternoon snacks, breakfast, and the IMAX movie.  Read More!

May 28, 2015

at National Cattle Congress. Read all rule and requirements here....

April 7, 2015

Learn about the Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club Events, Radio Program, Community Projects, and Helpful Tips. Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: or call 319-234-6811
Application to Join the Master Gardener Club. 
•Master Gardener's are always looking for Educational Projects to assist with,
please fill out this form to request a project.

March 3, 2015

Junior Master Gardener Volunteer Master Gardeners will partner with the Junior Master Gardener Club, now called Green Thumb Garden Club, an afterschool program being offered at George Washington Carver School on Tuesdays and Thursdays!  Focusing on growing good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success, and service through a unique gardening education.  Read more...

Community Garden Liaison Master Gardeners will serve as a liaison for one community garden around the county. That individual will provide year round gardening educational support for target community gardens. You will be helping assist those who are willing to learn how to grow vegetables and provide food for themselves, as well as increase self-pride and esteem through success in growing a garden.  Master Gardener liaison volunteers will increase their knowledge and skill in nutrition and vegetable gardening through this volunteer service. There are many community opportunities that currently exist, from gardens within the cedar valley grows organization, at the Jesse Cosby Neighborhood Center, and Legacy Garden. Read more...

"The purpose of the Master Gardener program is to provide current, research-based, home horticultural information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension and Outreach programs and projects." Read more...

Master Gardeners Serve on the Emerald Ash Borer Education Outreach Team Read more...


February 27, 2015

Everyone has great success at our Etched Glass and Image Transfer Workshop Sat. Feb. 21st. Thanks to Helen Lieh from Dreamland Productions for their instructions. For more info on classes please visit their website at:  Also thanks to Judy Muniz from the extension office for showing the Image Transfer process.

February 6, 2015

Here is an example of the 4-H clubs' video project! Do you want your club to be videotaped and placed into the project? Inform your BHC Extension and we will make it happen!  Thanks to the North Cedar Dream Team for sharing! Please call the extension office if you would like to a share club story.

January 21, 2015

And to Megan Pezley on receiving the Grace Murray Hopper Award. To be nominated for the Grace Murray Hopper Award the FLL student must be a female team member who shows persistence in finding solutions, the courage to be innovative, and is a gracious professional. The event was Saturday, Jan 17 at Ames! 

December 15, 2014

Pesticide Testing will be held at the Black Hawk County Extension office every second Friday of the month from 10:00 am to 2: 00 pm.
Private Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) programs that will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College on Jan. 6th 1:30pm, Jan. 22nd ALL DAY, Feb. 17 9:30am and March 19th at 7:00pm.   Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule.  The fee for this program is $20.00. View 2105 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Brochure.

December 11, 2014

Small family farms make up 80% of all farms in Iowa! Here are some helpful resources from Iowa State Extension! Acreage Living E-Newsletter SIGN UP,  AND Small Farm Sustainability Website.

November 25, 2014

• Learn How to Join 4-H!  • Learn about Clubs and Club Info of Black Hawk County  • Learn about Specialty Clubs!  • Learn about Camps and Workshops!  • Learn about different Project Areas!  • Learn about the 2015 Black Hawk County Fair Events  • See an overview of 2015 4-H year! Download full booklet!

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