County News

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 17, 2014

December 13, 2014 - 8:00-9:30am - Beef Weigh In at Hawkeye College
April 11, 2015 - 8:00-10:00am -Swine Weigh In at Cattle Congress
May 2, 2015 - 8:00-10:00am - Sheep Weigh In at Hawkeye College

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.

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.

September 16, 2014

We have added in some new forms. Record Books are due into the extension office by October 1st. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

A 4-Her's View of Record Book Keeping:

A Judge's View of Record Book Keeping:

September 15, 2014

Great Job 4-H and FFA Members!

September 15, 2014

Congratulations to the  participants in the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, August 7 - 17! Read more...  

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


June 9, 2014

June 5th 4-H hosted a "Paint and Pizza Workshop". We had 15 artist attend. They learned about the "Principles of Design" and went home with a fabulous painting! See all the photos!

June 2, 2014

Please Welcome... Grace Rathert, Ellen Schulz and Katey more...

May 30, 2014

Dog Obedience classes on Wednesday starting May 7th 6:00-7:00pm and wrap up July 16th at Devonshire school parking lot. It is free to all 4-H members and is taught by some awesome dog handlers. (Randy & Linda Herod, Barb Meyer, Gary & Glenda Shaffer). Click here for more details.
• Dog Agility Classes on Thursdays starting May 8th 7:00-8:00pm until July 17th at Jean Melick's farm, 12432 X Avenue, Cedar Falls. Classes led by Linnea Ulrich & Julie Heiple.  Read More...
(If class is cancelled it will be posted on the Calendar in the Black Hawk County Events Box to the right. Thanks!)

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