County News

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 19, 2016

Dads, sons and the whole family, come on out to a Waterloo Bucks Game! Saturday, June 18th at 7:00pm. Tickets only $2.50 per person. Kids 3 and under are FREE. Also the first 500 fans will recieve a FREE Star Wars T-shirt! See the Waterloo Buck game against Thunder Bay and also enjoy Fireworks at the end of the game! Pay for your tickets in advance at the Black Hawk County Extension Office. And wear your 4-H T-shirt! Gates Open at 6:00pm.

April 18, 2016

SAVE the DATE! Register before May 15th - $75, after May 15th - $85. A fun-two day, one-night camp for 4th-6th graders at Camp Pine Lake! Download Registration Form.

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 13, 2016

Start thinking now about purchasing baby chicks, feeding them out and bringing them to fair. Cost: 20 birds for $20, and you get the $20 back if you exhibit at Black Hawk County Fair. We will again ask you to consider ordering 4 or more chicks and donating them the N.E. IA Food Bank. You will receive a bag of free chicken feed when picking up chicks if you do donate chickens. Deadline to order your chicks is Friday, May 20th. Please call 319-234-6811 or email Diane at wolfejd@iastate to order. 

Last year 4-her's donated 950lbs of fresh chicken meat to the Northeast Iowa Foodbank! Which was fantastic. Let's try to hit 1000 pounds this year!

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 7, 2016

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: bhmg@iastate.edu 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.

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.

March 30, 2016

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program awarded 25 grants - including three to programs in Black Hawk and Bremer counties - totaling $20,000 to projects across the state of Iowa aimed at increasing access to healthy foods for families experiencing poverty. Read more...

March 15, 2016

Saturday, May 7th at  9:00 - 10:00am at Three Pines Farm, 9611 Wagner Raod, Cedar Falls. Cost is $7.50 per person.
RSVP here!

March 14, 2016

Greetings from NE Iowa. My name is Terry Basol and I am the Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist in NE Iowa. March 14, 2016 Crop Chat Newsletter

March 4, 2016

Thank You to all who made our Crime Scene Investigation and Self-Defense Workshop a SUCCESS on Friday, February 26th.
It was very educational  and a great opportunity for Youth to learn how to protect themselves and what to do if they come across a crime scene. A big THANK YOU to the YMCA for the use of their facilties!
And to Deputy Joe Staffard and  Detective Heather Nolan who educated our Youth on  various techniques to process a crime scene.
And to RICE TAEKDONDO Instructors, Master Ron Rice and Master Nickell for their invaluable lessons on Self-Defense. And to FoodCorps for providing a great snack while showing how different food groups effect our bodies. 

February 26, 2016


Twenty Nine students, in 6th – 9th grade, and 4-H from Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan and Tama County spent a fun filled day of learning at the Iowa State Capital and Science Center of Iowa on February 24th.  They started their morning touring the State Judicial building and Iowa Supreme Court courtroom.  The youth were invited to sit in on a court case and listened to the lawyer present his case. Afterwards, spoke with Iowa Supreme Court Judge Appel on how he became a judge and his back ground in law. Read more...

February 12, 2016

Thanks to Katie Shelton from Hartman Reserve Nature Center  for all her expertise on "Animal Tracking" and how to identify animals by more then just footprints. Also her information on now animals survive winter in Iowa. Plus, shoe-showing was a first for many. Be sure to watch for next years date. Great and fun experience!

February 2, 2016

Food Safety Quality Assurance is a REQUIRED training for Beef, Sheep, Dairy/Diary Goat, Swine, Meat Goat, Poultry and Rabbit 4-H Exhibitors. See Dates, Time and Locations.

January 30, 2016

The 2016 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 9th. 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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