County News

July 1, 2016

Iowans can learn how to "Preserve the Taste of Summer" during online lessons and a hands-on workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County. A Pickling workshop is planned for Thursday August 4th St. Paul's United Methodist Church 3:30PM and a Salsa Making and Freezing Workshop Wednesday, August 3rd at Decorah Lutheran Church 9:00AM. Register and read more...

June 28, 2016

For 4-Her's in Grades 6 -8th! (2016-2017 School Year) in Region 9. Cost $100. This year we'll be SLEEPING UNDER THE SHARKS!!! The cost covers transporation, zoo admission, camp-out fee, snacks, breakfast and IMAX movie! Seats are limited for each county, get your registration in today! Download Registration here. Read more....

June 27, 2016

Braydon Brinker and Chase Brockelsby showcaed thier 4-H Chick Project on KWWL evening news, June 17h. Along with many other 4-her's in the Chick Project they are excited that Poultry can come to the Black Hawk County Fair this year as opposed to last year's ban because of the Bird Flu. 

Also, last year 4-her's donated 950lbs of fresh chicken meat to the Northeast Iowa Foodbank! Which was fantastic. They are trying to hit 1000 pounds this year!

June 24, 2016

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented. In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land.
In Northeast Iowa, the result is many conversations and negotiations between farmland owners and producer-tenants to determine what makes sense for farmland leases and cash rental rates – both fixed rent and flexible arrangements. Strong landlord/tenant relationships are important for the long-term viability of Iowa’s farming communities.
These are just a few reasons why Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers workshops designed to answer questions that land owners and tenants have about farmland leasing and land values.
These workshops will be held across northeast Iowa counties starting July 26 through August 9.
Melissa O’Rourke, ISU Extension Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist will present a wide range of topics related to farmland values and leasing.
O’Rourke is a licensed attorney with extensive experience in working with farm, ranch and agribusiness interests.
Download Black Hawk County Registration Form. See other locations:

June 9, 2016

Beautiful Day at a breath taking setting! The Master Gardener Orchard is a partnership with the Master Gardeners of Black Hawk County and generous grants from the Community Foundation of Norhteast Iowa, the Black Hawk Gaming Association, and Green Scene. The 1 acre orchard that will serve as an excellent demonstration of the types of fruit trees that will thrive in our climate and how best to care for them. The Orchard will soon produce over 10,000 pounds of fruit each year that will be donated to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank! See more photos on FACEBOOK!

June 7, 2016

Come to our workshop at 5:30 - 6:30pm at the Extension Office. We'll be showing you tips for the "Table Setting Challenge" and for the "Cook This" challenge. Both are great entry ideas for this year's fair. You do not need to be a 4-H member to enter the Table Setting Challenge. And only one of the 3 team members for the "Cook This" challenge needs to be in 4-H!  So come on out and have fun! Please RSVP Here!

June 6, 2016

Please order by June 30th. You can pay when your order come in. Shirts will come to the Extension Office. Make checks payable to Black Hawk County Extension. SHOW YOUR PRIDE!
Click Here to Order! Prices range $20 - $24.

June 5, 2016

For Kindergarten and 1st Graders: June 17th at Elk Run Heights City Hall, June 21st & 28th at Cedar Valley Arboretum, July 12th at Allen College
For 2nd & 3rd Graders: June 20th at Elk Run Heights City Hall, June 23rd & 30th at Cedar Valley Arboretum, July 14th at Allen College
Register Here:

June 1, 2016

Enter your Fair Projects in by July 13th! 

Need some ideas? Click Here!

May 24, 2016

Master Gardener’s Norman Lemmon and Mark Taute are available to answer your gardening questions each Tuesday and Friday mornings until November 1.
 It is a FREE Extension service.  Extension provides unbiased, research-based information and education to help Iowans make better decisions today and tomorrow.
Give Norm a call on Tuesday Mornings or Mark on Friday mornings at 319-234-6811 or email him at

May 20, 2016

What’s the science of dunking a basketball? How about the science of being an Olympic diver? This summer, learn all about the science of sports and join the fun in the STEM Summer Olympics. Learn all about the science of all kinds of sports and activities. Think you have what it takes to be a STEM Olympian? Then come take part in this engaging, education and FUN program! See DATES!

May 18, 2016

Three dates are: June 16th, September 13th and October 20th at the Black Hawk Extension Office.
Why is it important?  Because we said “we believe that education, of which Extension is an essential part, is basic in stimulating individual initiativeself-determination and leadership.Read More...  Register Here.

April 29, 2016

4-H Dog Obedience Classes will begin Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00-7:00 pm at the Devonshire school parking lot until July 6th. Devonshire School at 515 Devonshire Dr, Waterloo, IA. Classes are free. There are no classes for Dog Agility this year, however you may still enter Dog Agility at fair. Please RSVP to Bring your veterinary shot papers.

April 28, 2016

April 21st, Iowa State Extension and Outreach Region 9 had there All Staff Meeting at the Dan Gable Museum, downtown Waterloo. Presenters where ... read more...

April 25, 2016

See the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier article.

Congratulations to our Black Hawk County 4-Her's who where chosen "2016 Top Teens" by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley for their outstanding youth volunteering. From Black Hawk County 4-H are Maddie Herring, Brody Brinker, Ardis White and Charles Magee. We are all very proud of our YOUTH!

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