County News

February 16, 2017

 Iowa State University Extension & Outreach in Black Hawk County is hosting School Garden 101 (SG101), a hands-on workshop series for school staff interested in starting or better utilizing a school garden. Participants will build gardening skills, learn how to integrate garden activities with standards-based curriculum, and have an opportunity to learn and collaborate with staff from their own school as well as other Black Hawk County teachers. SG101 will take place at George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo from 6-8 PM on Tuesday evenings March 21, March 28, April 14, April 11, and April 18. Cost is $60 per school team of 3 or more staff.
Register HERE
by March 7th  or Contact Grace at for questions or comments.

February 15, 2017

The Hawkeye Farm Show will be held February 28-March 2 inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily, with over 200 exhibitors participating. ISU Extension and Outreach will host two educational seminars daily during the three day event, with discussions focusing on challenges and important topics facing farmers during the upcoming planting season. Each seminar will be held in the Alumni Suite of the adjacent McLeod Center. Read More...

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

Starting in 2018, FSQA will be changing to YQCA. 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.

January 30, 2017

The 2017 Iowa State Fair is August 10-20. In order for the exhibit to run as smoothly as possible, it is necessary to have a minimum 30 volunteers at the exhibit at all times. Little Hands on the Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and would need to be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Each day is divided into three shifts: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Noon to 4 p.m. and 3:30 to 8 p.m. Volunteers would receive one admission ticket, one vehicle permit and a Little Hands on the Farm volunteer t-shirt. Shifts are filling up quickly so if you would like further information on what days and shifts are still available, please contact    

See video!

January 20, 2017

A family program to help youth succeed in middle and high school, and explore paths to college! Join us every Tuesday, March 21 - April 18th at George Washington Carver Academy, 5:00-7:00pm. For more info contact Marisol Monroy, Guidance Counselor, 319-433-2500. Read more and download flyers...

January 18, 2017

We are PROUD of....The Bricks of Brilliance 4-H FLL team!  On Saturday, Jan. 14th at the Iowa FLL Championship Event they earned 1st place Overall Robot Design. This is the top award in the robot area, recognizing the robot that features an innovative and robust design and uses comprehensive and correct programming while being creative and efficient. Throughout the day, the team presented their project solution, completed a core values activity, participated in 3 robot matches, and demonstrated their robot to judges. Read more... 

January 11, 2017

Join the 4-H Staff at the Black Hawk County Extension Office (3420 University Ave, Waterloo) for a Mixed Media Canvas Workshop! Combine Paint, Scrapbook Paper, Gems, Tissue Paper and more into a beautiful piece of art starring a bird! Read More...

January 9, 2017

Growing Together 2017 Webcasts

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program will explore how Master Gardeners can support food security during its winter webcast series. The 2017 series will offer Master Gardeners six educational hours while taking a look at ways to measure volunteer efforts, how to utilize small garden spaces, learn about food safety in the garden and more.

In 2016, Iowa Master Gardeners donated more than 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks. In 2017, Master Gardener volunteers will continue to build on these successes. The Master Gardener 2017 Winter Webcasts, called Growing Together. Open to the public, bring a friend! Held at the Black Hawk County Extension Office. Three webcasts will be offered (total of 6 continuing education hours):

• Donation & Small-Space Gardens: Learn about results from ISU Research Farm Demonstration Gardens where Master Gardeners grew produce for donation in 2016 from Dr. Cindy Haynes. You'll also learn how to create an efficient small-space garden from Dr. Denny Schrock.

• Impact Matters: Explore how to measure volunteer project impacts with Christine Hradek. Also, learn how to build strong partnerships for effective community programs.

• Growing & Harvesting Vegetables: Learn about growing and harvesting asparagus from Dr. Ajay Nair. You will also build on food safety best practices for the garden with Dr. Shannon Coleman. See times and Dates Here.

Questions call Steven Eilers at 319-234-6811 or email at

January 6, 2017
Now on display at the Cedar Falls Public Library!
Our 4-H Grant Wood replica from the Black Hawk County Fair last July. Fair goers participated in a group project of
re-creating Grant Wood’s Young Corn painting. The orginial painting was divided into 80 pieces using a grid pattern, read more...


January 5, 2017

New Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Takes Effect Jan. 1, 2017 Read more...
4-H Livestock Homepage     • 2017 4-H Livestock Rule Changes/Updates
Black Hawk County FSQA and Weigh In DATES
• Market Beef Weigh In Verification done by Feb. 1st on 4-H Online at
• Animal ID Entry Directions - Must be done by May 15th on 4-H Online at
• All other Livestock Verification Help Sheet for Weighed-In done by May 15th on 4-H Online at
• Livestock Scholarships: 2017 Livestock Exhibitors: Pork Producers Application, Beef Scholarship Application, Black Hawk County Sheep Scholarship Application. 
DUE JULY 15, 2017
New Horse and Dog rules for 2017

December 2, 2016

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, the state 4-H Program Leader presents the Meritorious Service Award to Diane Wolfe, Black Hawk County Youth Coordinator, Nov. 15th at Iowa State University!
Congratulations Diane on this recognition for your 13 years of dedicated youth development programming. Diane's achievements include membership growth, coordinating events and programs for the region, assisting with livestock weigh in's at the state fair, mentoring new peers and problem solving with creativity!

November 30, 2016

Private continuing instruction course (CIC) programs that will be held in and around our county this winter. Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20.00.Click here for more info and dates.

November 21, 2016

View our photos and see who received awards! Click Here!

November 9, 2016

Waterloo – The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County has hired Steven Eilers for the Urban Agriculture Specialist position.

Steven is a 1993 UNI graduate. His past work and community involvement includes work in the Human Services field, traditional and online marketing, advertising and broadcasting. Steven has been an active Master Gardener since 2008, has taken the Master Conservationist and landscaping courses. Read more....

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