County News

October 7, 2014

Is feeding your family breaking your budget?  Are you struggling for ways to feed your family a low-cost, healthy meal in a hurry?  If so, the Spend Smart. Eat Smart. blog is for you! Click here to see blog.

October 6, 2014

The Science of Parenting blog shares and discusses research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children. Click here for ideas, resources and strategies for effective parenting!

October 6, 2014

Saving, getting out of debt, buying wisely, looking to the future – whether you are just starting out, or already well-established, making the most of your money is an on-going theme for just about everyone. New information, products and challenges never stop coming, and occasionally some “old” information is also timely! Read Iowa State Extension's Money Tip$ Blog...

September 16, 2014

"Certified commercial applicator" means a person, corporation, or employee of a person or corporation who enters into a contract or an agreement for the sake of monetary payment and agrees to perform a service by applying a pesticide but does not include a farmer trading work with another, a person employed by a farmer not solely as a pesticide applicator who applies pesticide as an incidental part of the person's general duties, or a person who applies pesticide as an incidental part of a custom farming operation. Iowa Code, Chpt. 206.2 See Dates...

July 31, 2014

Thanks for all who made the 2014 Black Hawk County Fair a Success and alot of FUN! See photos and video....

February 10, 2014

Shooting Sports Meets at Hawkeye College Campus in Chickasaw Hall every Frist Saturday of the Month at 9:00am. For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Ages 4th - 12 Grade.

October 30, 2013

Greetings from NE Iowa. My name is Terry Basol and I am the Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist in NE Iowa. July 2014 Newsletter.

October 28, 2013

4-H is a youth program that promotes leadership, cizitizinship and community service. Iowa 4-H is a part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. For more information on
Black Hawk County 4-H, view our booklet and also view our map of local clubs.

September 9, 2013

April 24, 2015


4-H Dog Obedience Classes will begin Wednesday, May 6th at 6:00-7:00 pm at the Devonshire school parking lot until July 8th. Classes are free. There are no classes for Dog Agility this year, however you may still enter Dog Agility at fair. Please RSVP to 

April 22, 2015


Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach announces the hiring of Shelly Smith, as the county’s Executive Director, beginning on May 6, 2015.  Shelly is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Family Services and a Certification in Non-Profit Youth Agency Administration.  Shelly looks to this position as an excellent opportunity to “...promote youth development, community engagement, protect our natural resources and support economic development.” Read more...

April 21, 2015

Congratulations to Mike Pipho, (nominated by Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach) and Elizabeth Miller on Black Hawk County Fairboard, (nominated by Cedar Falls' Woman's Club) for receiving the MAYORS VOLUNTEER AWARD 2015 at April 21st luncheon at the Five Sullivan Brother's! THANK FOR ALL YOU DO!!!

April 17, 2015

The course will provide continuing instructional credit for commercial pesticide applicators certified in category 11 and 10. Some of the topics to be covered include worker protection standards update, application technology for agricultural aircraft, fungicide, insecticide, and herbicide update, and handling pesticide containers. To obtain additional information about the CIC, contact Sheila Walitshek at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Black Hawk County at319-234-6811.  The registration fee is $35. 

April 16, 2015

Interested in canning, freezing or dehydrating? Don’t use grandma’s recipes!
It is essential to use current tested recipes and procedures to make sure your food is safe. Read MORE!

April 10, 2015

4-7pm at the Waterloo Center for the Arts The training will certify participants in Ricochet 1 and Foundation. The training is open to anyone who is at least a sophomore in college and is an Extension employee or volunteer, 4-H leader, or a community member who is interested in youth development in the area of leadership. Download Registration Form or call the Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach Office, or by calling (319) 234-6811. Cost $75, Students (College Sophmore or older) $50. Additional $99 for printed book. Class does receive B&W copies of Ricochet 1.

April 9, 2015

Nice Job Maria Geisler, Kayla Carolan and Teal Jennings!
THANKS so all who make the Omelet Breakfast a SUCCESS, WE SERVED 1,248 PEOPLE!!!
See our photos on FACEBOOK.

April 8, 2015

Iowa 4-H is excited to announce the first annual bilingual/multi-cultural retreat for youth entering grades 9th through 12th in the 2015-2016 school year.  The retreat will be held May 15th-17th, 2015 at the 4-H Center in Madrid; with the arrival and departure occurring on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.  
Maize is designed to tap into Latino and Native American culture, history and achievements as an entry point into the 4-H Program Priorities: Healthy Living, STEM, Citizenship and Leadership, and Communications and the Arts. 

April 1, 2015

All exhibitors showing beef including feeder calves, bucket/bottle calves, sheep dairy & meat goats and swine must tag their animals before May 15th, 2015. Tags are available at the Extension Office. Taggers may be checked out at the Extension Office. Then your ID must be entered in on 4-H Online by May 15th. See directions here.

March 13, 2015

Thanks so much to all you contributed to the 2015 4-H Foundation Gala Auction! Here are the impressive results!
Jessica Carolan - Photo on canvas brought - $65!
Megan Smith - Photo on canvas brought - $145
Maria Giesler - Photo on canvas bright - $75
Eleanor Meyerhoff - cake for $900
See all the photos and read the full story.... 

March 13, 2015

To be eligible: Applicants from Black Hawk County may apply for this scholarship if they have had a beef, swine or sheep project at the Black Hawk County Fair and will be attending a post-secondary institution( a technical college, community college, or 2/4 year college or university. Download scholarship forms here: •Beef  •Sheep  •Pork

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