County News

June 9, 2017

 Iowa State University Extension will host a series of field days in June designed to help farmers understand how nitrogen research is conducted with goals to improve both farm profitability and water quality.  The field days are part of ISU Extension’s “Nitrogen and Water Week”, which runs from June 27-29. June 28 is the date for the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm at Nashua
Five field days will be held throughout the state at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms to view university research facilities and field trials that evaluate nitrogen management. Participants will tour research trials for crop rotations, N application timing and rate, cover crops, manure use, nitrification inhibitors, bioreactor and more. Topics for indoor discussion will include how the research data being collected is used to calculate N fertilizer recommendations, and help define best management practices to improve water quality.
The program runs from 9:45 to 12:15 with lunch provided after the program. Registration is 9:15 to 9:45 at the Research Farms Headquarters.  ISU Extension agronomists and agricultural engineers will conduct the program. The format provides for four 30-minute sessions during the day: (1) Discuss water quality research taking place at the farm; (2) View agronomic plots and treatment effects on tile drainage (3) Discuss impacts of various N management practices; (4) Summarize N recommendations for profit and water quality.

For a complete explanation of the program, registration, dates and locations, please go to:  The program provides CCA credits: 1.5 SW, 0.5 NM.

June 9, 2017

Greetings from NE Iowa. My name is Terry Basol and I am the Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist in NE Iowa. Please view my Crop Chat Newsletters

June 7, 2017

Black Hawk County 4-H is happy to Welcome Maddie Herring as our 2017 4-H Summer Fair Intern! Maddie will be a Sophmore at Iowa State next fall studing Animal Science. Nice to have you back home for the summer!

And ….Welcome to Justin Rottinghaus. He will be our 4-H Summer Stem Intern! He graduated from Union High School, just finished Ag. Sceince at Hawkeye College and will be going to Iowa State next fall to become an Ag Teacher. Glad to have you join us Justin!

June 6, 2017

Horse and pony mounted meetings will start Mon, June 12 at the 6:30 are the Silver Spur arena. Helmets required, bring a parent or guardian, horse and human bug spray, water bucket to water your horse and water for yourself!

June 5, 2017

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

June 3, 2017

Shooting Sports...coming soon - Archery: June 10, 9:00am. Keep watching this site for dates and locations. They meet once a month at the Leaders homes. For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older.

June 1, 2017

Join youth in grades 6th-8th (2017-2018 school grades) for a morning of service and afternoon waterpark fun!
SERVE: • 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens (1927 East Orange Rd, Waterloo). Here we will complete service and leadership activities. Wear appropriate clothing for work and closed toe shoes. Bring a sack lunch.
SLIDE: • Following lunch we will go to the Lost Island Waterpark for fun! Bring towel, sunscreen, extra $ for snacks and appropriate swimming attire. • Event ends at 4:30 with pick up at the waterpark (2225 E Shaulis Rd. Waterloo) Cost is $20.00 for 4-H member. $25.00 for non-4-H member (additional medical form will be needed). Deadline to register is August 18. Download Registration form here.

May 30, 2017

Free for kids just completing Kindergarten thru 6th Grade! Hands-On STEM Activites, Fun and Learning! At LaPorte City Library, Dunkerton Library and the YMCA! See dates and time here!

May 23, 2017

Thank You to all the Volunteers, Sponsors, Teachers, Students and Staff who made our "Progressive Agriculture Safety Day" at Hudson Elementary a fun and informative day even in the rain! See photos and sponsors

May 12, 2017

Overnight Summer Camp programs for youth who will be in 5th through 8th grade in 2017‐2018 school year.
Spend nights at Cloverwoods (formerly 4‐H Center) in Madrid. All camp programs include tradional camp activities: rock wall, zip line, ropes courses, campfires, songs, crafts and hiking trails. Adventures in nature are
only part of the experience young people will have at our Youth Camps. Camps offer a hands‐on approach to developing the excitement and skills necessary for youth to succeed in a safe and fun setting. See date and register here.

May 10, 2017

Tues. July 11, noon -2pm, Thur. July 13, 6pm-8pm
Urban Trees: Build your skills to make recommendations about tree species selection. Explore urban considerations for site selection and tree mainentenace.

Tues. July 25, noon to 2pm, Thurs. July 27, 6pm-8pm
Gardening with Youth:
The FoodCorps program engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff.

Tues. Aug. 8, noon to 2pm, Thurs. Aug. 10, 6pm-8pm
Landscaping for Wildlife:
Learn about simple steps to bring landscaping alive with birds, butterflies and more. Explore ways to beautify the yard and provide critical habitats for migratory and resident birds year-round.m engages kids in school gardens to build healthy eating habits. Learn best practices for gardening with children with FoodCorps Iowa staff. 

May 4, 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... (in Spanish and Bosnian too)

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.

April 12, 2017

Mayor's Volunteer Award: Black Hawk County Extension was honored and proud to dominate Roger Reiter for the Mayor's Volunteer Award! 

Mayor's Top Teen Award: Congratulations to Maria Geisler, Tyler Hayes and Ardis White on being awarded Mayor's Top Teen 2017! See photos and read more...

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 
3rd - 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...

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