County News

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!

June 24, 2015

 Iowa State University serving Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Waterloo Community School District, has collaborated to develop a hands on experience for youth that can bring about life long educational experiences. Together, four raised garden beds have been established outside of the George Washington Carver Academy for this year’s growing season. Read more...

June 23, 2015

Iowans can learn how to  "Preserve the Taste of Summer" during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County. The online lessons are already available and a hands-on workshop planned for Wed. July 29th at St. Paul's United Methodist read more....

June 5, 2015

FairEntry offers an easy-to-use registration for exhibitors. Sign in with your 4-H Online ID and password and entry your projects. Enter ALL PROJECTS (it's easy to delete a project if you don't get it completed.) Please enter your projects by July 1st. Fair Entry is now CLOSED except for STATIC Projects (used to be called Non-Livestock). All animals needed to be entered by July 1st.

 For questions call Judy, Emily or Diane at 319-234-6811.
Fair Entry Help Sheet for Black Hawk County  - Log on at: 

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 24, 2015

Every June, almost 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

If you've completed 8th grade, you're eligible to attend. You don't even have to be in 4-H to attend this conference! You will get to experience campus life, and meet new people from across the state! You will be having fun while learning by doing, dancing the nights away, and serving the community. You will get to learn new things to take back to your community and school, and in the process you might even discover something new about yourself! There are opportunities for you to share your talents with the rest of the delegation through small group discussion, the Conference Chorus, and a Talent Show! See full detail! Dare to Discover registration is now OPEN

March 13, 2015


Swine Exhibitors:                                                                                                                                                       

The 2015 swine rules have changed so please read carefully. There will be NO swine weigh in at Cattle Congress this year but you will still need to tag and weigh your swine like you did last year. The date for this year’s weigh in will be April 11th. Please make every effort to tag and weigh in your swine at that time. 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.

This year’s swine show will be a terminal show with 2 exceptions.
Exception #1: Any exhibitor that would like to take their swine to the locker directly from the Cattle Congress grounds will be allowed to do so. I have contacted Steege’s Meat Market (1-888-977-4577) and they will accept swine on Thursday, July 23rd after the show. If you have an appointment set up with your own locker please make sure your swine will be going directly to the locker from the Cattle Congress grounds.   

Exception #2: Any exhibitor that would like to take pigs that have been at the Black Hawk County Fair onto the Iowa State Fair will need to contact the extension office. We will work with the fair board to determine if the location that pig will be going to is meeting all bio security guidelines that are set by the state. We are trying to do our best to be respectful of all those involved in the swine industries.

 For additional resources about farm biosecurity, visit

The 2015 Derby Show at the Black Hawk County Fair
However, you are not required to show at the
county fair in order to show in the Market Swine Show.

March 3, 2015

Green Scene Annual Symposium: We have Great Speakers and great shopping with our Garden Marketers. Read more...

Green Scene 39th Annual Plant Sale -

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 27, 2015

A fun-two day, one-night camp for 4th-6th graders will be held June 19th-20th at the one and only Pine Lake Camp. It will be an exciting outdoor exploring and crafty weekend for youth.
If you want to meet new friends, learn and make projects to take to county fair such as putting your hands to work by making a woodworking project or visual arts craft, then this is a great opportunity! Download Registation Form. Early Bird Fee is $75 due May 15th. After that all registration is $85 and due by May 29th.

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! 

January 21, 2015

The Iowa State University Agronomy Club is excited to announce a new and educational opportunity for middle school 4-Hers grades 4-8 who are interested in agriculture and agronomy. Together with the staff and professors of the Iowa State University Agronomy Department, the club will be hosting a fun-filled interactive day full of demonstrations by world renowned ISU Agronomy faculty and teaching assistants, a career fair with companies in agricultural industries, a lunch, and a raffle. The day will focus on many important areas such as weeds, seeds, crops, weather, and soil. This event will take place on Saturday, April 11 2015 in Ames at Agronomy Hall. We are asking for $5 per attendee to help cover the cost of lunch and one t-shirt per person. Download registation form.

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.

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