County News

September 7, 2016
September 5, 2016

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 3rd. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

September 1, 2016

at Palmer’s Family Fun
1666 W Airline Hwy, Waterloo

FREE Mini Golf!
FREE Hot Dogs and Chips!
plus.... Jumping pillow $3
One Go Kart ticket $4
or Jumping Pillow & Go Kart $5

August 29, 2016

Just honored at the 2016 Iowa State Fair! There has never been a time when 4-H was not a central part of Pat and Randy Lichty's lives. As children, each was raised in rural Black Hawk County and were part of large, active families where older brothers and sisters led the way with 4-H careers. Read more.... 

August 16, 2016

What do happy kids, healthy foods and messy tables have in common? They are all part of the new Kids in the Kitchen program offered through ISU Extension and Outreach.   Contact Grace Margherio to see if your agency meets eligibility criteria for this FREE program!

August 12, 2016

HUGE THANK YOU to all our Supporters,  Sponsors, Fairboard Members, Volunteers,  County Council Members, Leaders and Parents, 4-Hers and FFA Members who helped make the  2016 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR a HUGE SUCCESS this year! See photos and read more....

• 2016 Black Hawk County Fair Exhibitors Results

August 7, 2016

Learn about the Black Hawk County Master Gardener Club Events, 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.
2016-2017 Club Calendar

July 27, 2016

We are very proud of our 4-Her's again this year! The Steege, Ruzicka, Zuck, Fettkether, Doepke, Nielsen, Drinovski, Scott, Keegen, Grubic, Nie, Mills, Koellings, Sage and Van Daele families donated 149 Broiler Chicks after the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA fair to be processed and delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank….
totaling 890 POUNDS of FRESH CHICKEN MEAT, a much needed protein item!

July 14, 2016

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 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!

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 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!

April 22, 2016

Last weekend, April 15-17th, 15 youth from Black Hawk County journeyed to Iowa State University and the state 4-H Center for a weekend packed full of activities.   A video was created of the 100 African American and African Immigrant youth from all corners of Iowa attending Uijima.

April 15, 2016

The 2016 Black Hawk County Farmers Markets will be located at many places throughout the county this season. If you are not familiar with farmers markets, they are a location where local vendors come together to sell freshly grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, crafted items and much more. The markets usually take place in an outside setting, so you will need to dress accordingly for the weather that day. It’s also good to bring reusable bags or cooler to carry your new purchases around. Lastly, the majority of purchases are done with cash, so be prepared to have some on hand when headed down to your local market this year. If you have further questions about a farmers market in your area, please contact the market manager. See local list...

April 12, 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, Loretta Doepke and Charlotte Nielsen where honored at a luncheon at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center for being nominated as "Lifetime Achievement Volunteers" by Black Hawk County 4-H. Also Shawn and Michelle Pezley where also nominatees for "Outstand Emerging Volunteers". We appreciate all they do and contintue to do. We are very honored to have them helping our 4-H program. This Mayor's Volunteers Award program was sponored by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley.

April 6, 2016

Thanks to all the Donors, Volunteers, Celebrity Cooker and 4-Her's who made our day a big SUCCESS! We served over a 100 more then last year! Great JOB everyone! See Courier Photos, See Courier Article, See Facebook photos.

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