County News

April 11, 2017

Created by the industry for the industry, the ServSafe® food safety training program is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. It is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering special training to help you meet the industry standards and your obligation to consumers. ServSafe® is recognized by more federal, state and local health jurisdictions than any other food safety Meets Certified Food Protection Manager requirements. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers ServSafe® training in Spanish to Black Hawk County on Monday, April 24th. This ServSafe® class provides food safety training, exams, and educational materials in Spanish. The course is $150 ($100 for Iowa Restaurant Association members) and includes one day’s instruction, training materials, and the exam. Upon passing the exam, a certificate will be issued, which is valid for five years. For questions regarding the ServSafe course or to register, please contact Sheila Walitshek, (319) 234-6811 or

April 9, 2017

"Island Adventure" for K- 2nd Graders and "A Series of Unfortunate Events" for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders! See dates and locations!
Download Registration Forms here...

April 7, 2017

Black Hawk County 4-H’s April Workshop offers a brand new experience! Join us on
Saturday, April 29, to create a Shirt-Apron and Button-Bookmark. 4-H’ers will learn basic sewing skills (operating a sewing machine, pinning, sewing a button, etc.) while working with volunteers and 4-H Staff to create a useful item and potential 4-H project. And it's FREE! This project is for individuals in grades 4-12. 4-H’ers will be utilizing scissors, pins, sewing needles, and a sewing machine.

April 7, 2017

4-H's Omelet Breakfast, April 2, 2017 was another great SUCCESS! Almost a tie with last years "record-breaking" attendance! We served 1,323 omelets! THANKS to all the 4-Hers, volunteers, family members, fair board, customers who help to support this fundraising event! Lots of smile and FUN was had by all! Special Thank You to our Donors and Table Sponsors! Be sure to check out all the photos!

April 3, 2017

1st Place - Fun in the Sun - Orange Clovers!
2nd Place - Bacon Basket  - Cedar Falls Hustling Clovers 
3rd - Handyman Tool Bag  - Homeschool Heroes 
4th - Summer Fun - Lincoln Friendly Links & Clovers

The Orange Clovers will be receiving a Pizza Party for their Club....Thanks to all the Clubs for the creative and speciality baskets donated! The winning basket sold for $155!. Awesome! Thanks to the community for all their support! Our grand total of all baskets sold was $1458! The money will be used by the 4-H County Council for premiums at the Black Hawk County Fair this summer! See all our baskets....

March 31, 2017

We are PROUD of our Service Interprise Certification from...

Read more... Looking for WAYS TO VOLUNTEER with Black Hawk County Extension? For more information give us a call at 319-234-6811 or e-mail Abby Rippe,

Volunteer Opportunity Alert: Dog Obedience Specialty Club Leader Needed! Read more...

March 30, 2017

The 2017 swine rules are the same as last year. There will be NO swine weigh in at Cattle Congress. Each family will be responsible for weighing, tagging and photographing their own swine. The date for this year’s weigh in will be April 8th. The extension office will have the scales, tags and taggers available for 4-H families to check out. You will be responsible for sending all swine information (tag numbers, weights, and pictures) into the extension office. Read more...

March 28, 2017

The 4-H County Council has completed its 2017 Service Learning Project! 16 Members and two Americorps Staff Members volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. Groups traveled and volunteered on March 5th and March 26th. Member's chose to volunteer time with the Ronald McDonald House in an effort to touch the lives of families in need. 

March 13, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Black Hawk County and the Black Hawk County Master Gardeners were recent recipients of a $5000 2017 Growing Together mini-grant.  Black Hawk County was one of the 14 chosen county projects will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program. Read more...

March 7, 2017

Thirty one students, in 6th – 9th grade, and 4-H from Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan and Tama County spent a fun filled day of learning at the Iowa State Capital and Science Center of Iowa on February 28th. Upon arrival at the Capital building and passing through the security all were taken on a tour and explored the dome. During the morning they met with area Representatives Walt Rogers, Sandy Salmon, Ras Smith, Linda Upmeyer and State Senator William Dotzler Jr.

March 3, 2017

4-H Maize Retreat, Culturally-Based Leadership Accelerator Read moreRegister Here

March 3, 2017

$7 Tickets for 4-H members and parents!
Saturday, March 25th vs. Dubuque - Puck drops 7:05
Friday, April 7th vs. Fargo-  Puck drops 7:05
Order by phone (319-296-7581), online, or bring this flyer to the Black Hawks Box Office Read more...

March 1, 2017

4-H Clubs Please Sign Up for Work Times Here.      4-Her's sign up to work as an Omelet Cooker!    
Read more about this event!

February 27, 2017

FREE and open to the public. There is no pre-registration and the public may attend as many or few classes as they wish as these class topics are presented as individual units. Doors open at 6:45 each night with the classes starting at 7pm and running for about 1 hour with time for questions and answers afterward. See DATES!

February 22, 2017
February 15, 2017

Come join us as we travel by van to tour the State Capitol complex, visit with elected officials, gain a greater understanding of our Iowa State Government and learn about our great schools and people. On Tuesday, February 28th, 6th - 9th grade 4-H members & friends are planning to visit the Judicial Center, Iowa Legislature and Capitol in Des Moines, have lunch with legislators and explore the Science Center of Iowa. And this year's cost is down to only $30! Download application here! Read More...

February 14, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced its 2017 Growing Together mini-grant awardees. The 14 chosen projects will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.

Black Hawk County has been awarded a $5000 2017 Growing Together mini-grant. The money will be split between NE Iowa Food Bank and the Cedar Valley Arboretum. Projects include installing a greenhouse at the Cedar Valley Community Garden at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank  and adding fruit trees and tools to continue managing fruit trees planted at the Cedar Valley Arboretum for donation.

February 13, 2017

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

February 13, 2017

The Broiler Project is an opportunity for a 4-H or FFA member to gain valuable experience in raising chicks to broiler weight. The 4-H or FFA member may choose to raise 20 or 40 chicks and present the best four birds as a Broiler Project Pen at the Black Hawk County 4-H Fair.

Cost for the projects is $20 per batch/member. Members who intend to donate their birds to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will receive free a bag of feed; additionally, individuals who donate will be refunded their $20 upon bird check-in at fair. 

Let's break last year's donation to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank of 890 pounds! (Great Job 4-hers!) Chick Project Order Form. Order by May 12th.

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