County News

November 24, 2014

Justin Edwards, as the county’s Urban Agriculture Specialist, beginning on November 3, 2014. Justin is a 2012 graduate of Iowa State University and is an online graduate student through Kansas State University, pursuing a Grassland Management Certificate.

November 24, 2014

Hot Topics...PEDV - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, The Rural Innovator Newsletter, NPB Sow Housing Options, Managing Tough Times. If you wish to subscribe to this mailing please click here.

November 14, 2014

Another great turn out for the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival Nov. 13th!
 Why STEM? by Tommy Paulsen. See more photos!

November 4, 2014

Consider joining the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA), the owner of the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm.
Since 1976, the farm has been a hub for agricultural research and extension in northeast Iowa. More than 2,100 members from 20 counties
in northeast Iowa elect representatives who work with an advisory board and Iowa State University to identify farm research needs and priorities.

October 31, 2014

Costume Contest, Bouncy Slide, Games, Face Painting, Snacks, Crafts, UNI's T.C., Chuck E. Cheese, and Tommy Hawk all sponsored by Black Hawk County 4-H, YMCA, Hy-Vee, Sam's Club and Fareway! Over 360 attend! Read WCF Courier Article!

October 31, 2014

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach is home to two FoodCorps service members for the 2014 – 15 school year.  FoodCorps ( is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.  Programming will occur in a variety of community settings, including Waterloo and Independence Schools, Boys and Girls Club, and pre-schools. Welcome Grace Rathert and Jake Geis! Read more...  • Summer 2014 Food Corps Newsletter

October 27, 2014

The Region 9 County Council joined together to celebrate Halloween on Sunday, October 26. They enjoyed fun, fall games, decorating pumpkins, delicious fireside s'mores, a freaky haunted hayride, and some tasty snacks! It was enjoyable meeting other county council member's. 

October 21, 2014

Which was Oct. 20th. THANKS to all who particated! Fun Time for ALL. Special Thanks to our UNI intern, Alex Monaghan for her great instructions and to the Lamp Post Theatre for sharing their talent!

October 13, 2014

ServSafe training provides knowledge every food service professional must know regarding food hazards and proper food handling practices. See BROCHURE  for up-coming classes held at Black Hawk County Extension  or Call Black Hawk County office, 319-234-6811.

October 13, 2014

This informative meeting will help farmers and landowners understand their options under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill). Price Loss Coverage, County Agricultural Risk Coverage, and Individual Agricultural Risk Coverage will be explained. Farmland owners and operators will be making base acreage and yield update decisions this fall; and making a one-time election for either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs.

Join ISU Extension Farm Management Specialists and staff from USDA FSA to go over some of the new farm bill provisions, discuss ARC and PLC options and to hear about the decisions to be made in the coming months. Participation is welcome for farm operators and landlords regardless of their county of operation.

 Read More and view other counties meeting dates.

October 2, 2014

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach office announces that August Magee from Dunkerton was awarded the Gene Pint Scholarship. This annual award of $500 is presented to a former 4-H member that has graduated from a public or private high school in the county, is enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited public or private university or college or trade school, and has completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year of post-secondary education.  

September 30, 2014

Mr. Kisch, Mrs. Sartorius and the Eighth Grade botany class have been occupied using every skill mastered thus far in Greenhouse 101 on 49 tropical plants donated by Lost Island Water Park. Each student adopted 2 plants to care and monitor during the winter season. The goal is to restore their health and overwinter in the greenhouse and return to Lost Island in the spring.
In addition to the tropicals, the students are maintaining a designed vegetable garden to share produce in the school lunchroom.

September 25, 2014

2nd Graders from area schools got to visit the National Cattle Congress and learn first hand where our food comes from! Read Couier article.

September 24, 2014

Sheila Sartoruis explains now to "Layer" a Dieffenbachia Plant.

August 24, 2014

Pat and Louis Beck of Waterloo, Iowa were inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 17. Read More....

August 22, 2014

Fun Time at Black Hawk Extension, Sept. 5th.... Thanks to all who help us TAILGATE!!!! Go Cyclones!

July 11, 2014

Don’t let it go to waste. Consider donating it to your local food pantry or food bank. For more information Black Hawk Extension Office, 319-234-6811 or Sheri Huber-Otting at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank 1-319-235-0507 or

An Apple a day helps keep the hunger away!

June 23, 2014


Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome! To reserve your appointment time: CLICK HERE to schedule online, or call 1-800 RED CROSS. A pizza partiy will be awarded to the 4-H club who bring in the most blood donors.

June 18, 2014

 Please like us on FACEBOOK! Black Hawk County Outreach & 4-H

June 16, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County is offering FALL Master Gardener classes, beginning September 16 through November 25, at the Dick Young Greenhouse (at George Washington Carver Academy), 1505 Logan Avenue in Waterloo.  Cost is $195 for the Master Gardener class and $550 for Pro-Hort class.  To register, send payment to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Avenue, Suite B in Waterloo (50701).  After September 2nd, a $25 late fee is assessed.  This is the only class until fall 2015 -- classes will not be offered in Spring 2015. Download FALL BROCHURE


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