County News

May 28, 2014

Need an interesting speaker for your organization? Black Hawk County Master Gardeners have stepped forward to become members of the Emerald Ash Borer Education Team and now seek opportunities to speak to civic groups, city councils, churches, community organizations, neighborhood coalitions, schools, etc. on topics such as ash tree identification, signs of EAB infestation, treatment options, tree replacement and municipal requirements.  Read More....

May 23, 2014

Tuesday, May 20th was a special day at Hudson Elementary! It was Safety Day where where over 400 children learned "first hand safety"! Read more and see photos....

May 13, 2014

Classes where held at the YWCA of Black Hawk County, for  families with 8th, 9th and 10th grade students. Congrats to our 2014 Graduates. Read more about Juntos.

May 5, 2014

Over 725 units of blood were collected on the UNI campus during the year, potentially saving over 2,100 lives! A Huge Accomplishment!

May 2, 2014

We have 6 classes the public can enter! • Decorated Cookies, • Duck Tape, • Photography, • Bucket & Dish Garden, • Commodities  and • Pallet! Read more....And if you need a pallet, the Extension Office has some!

May 2, 2014

Did you know that local growers can receive a tax credit for their donation?  This is our second piece of advice regarding local produce donations: increase your produce donations by spreading the word about the new Farmer's Tax Credit.  This tax credit is available to local growers who donated an abundance of product throughout the next year.  For more program specifics, and details about how to go about utilizing the Farmer's Tax Credit, please email the Northeast Iowa Food Bank's Food Solicitor, Sheri Huber-Otting, or call her at 319-235-0507.

April 28, 2014

Sign Up Soon for FREE Summer Garden Classes at Jesse Cosby Site.... Download Registration Form and learn more! Classes are filling up!

And  FREE Summer Garden Classes at Kittrell Elementary School...Download Registration Form.

April 7, 2014

Another Successful YEAR! See more photos....

April 4, 2014

Start thinking now about purchasing baby chicks, feeding them out and bringing them to fair. We will again ask you to consider ordering 5 extra chicks and donating them the N.E. IA Food Bank. You will receive a bag of free chicken feed if you do donate chickens. Cost: 20 birds for $20, and you get the $20 back if you exhibit.  5 Extra birds if they agree to donate 4 for the food bank. Pick up date will be either June 3rd or 4th depending on the mail delivery.  Deadline to order your chicks is May 20th.
Please email Deb, or Diane, to order.

March 10, 2014
The judges’ training that was to be held at Hawkeye Community College is postponed until this fall.
March 10, 2014

The Iowa Beef Center is releasing a newly revised version of their Feedlot Monitoring Software in 2014.  The ISU Feedlot and Cost Monitoring Software was initially created in 1982 and has been used by cattle feeders to track costs, profits and performance since.  The software continues to reflect the philosophy that feeders need to objectively measure, monitor and react to changes based on existing and past livestock and financial performance.

March 3, 2014

The Fifth Annual 4-H Gala was held March 1st at the Celectration Farm in Iowa City. See photos....

February 28, 2014

There will be Private Pesticide Applicator Testing today, February 28th, at Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College from 10am - 2pm.  If you have any questions please contact the Black Hawk County Extension Office.

February 26, 2014
February 10, 2014

Beginning February 1, 2014 the e-learning modules are available on-line, 24/7, for horse enthusiasts including Junior and Senior high school students. Want to learn the science of horse management on your time schedule?  Begin by visiting the Master Equine Manager website at You will find a complete program description and registration information for easy access to begin learning anytime day or night.

January 22, 2014

Starting Jan. 20th appointments will be taken. Click to see dates and locations and more info. To RVSP call 319-272-2250. 

January 22, 2014

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Iowa State University.  They earned the chance to compete on Saturday by receiving the Champion's Award - Honorable Mention at a regional qualifier in December. Read more and see photos.....

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