Local Highlights

September 9, 2015

See schedule for: Roadside, Forest and Aquatic Pest Management,
Mosquito and Public Health Management,
Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicator,
Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease
Pest Control Operators
Aerial Applicators

For more info call Black Hawk Extension Office, 319-234-6811 or visit Pesticide Safety Education Program webpage. Download Registion Forms Here.

December 15, 2014

Pesticide Testing will be held at the Black Hawk County Extension office every second Friday of the month from 10:00 am to 2: 00 pm.
Private Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) programs that will be held at Tama Hall, Hawkeye Community College on Jan. 6th 1:30pm, Jan. 22nd ALL DAY, Feb. 17 9:30am and March 19th at 7:00pm.   Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule.  The fee for this program is $20.00. View 2105 Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification Brochure.

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. 

February 25, 2015

She will be a guest of the Black Hawk Master Gardeners, speaking to members about the importance of honeybees to Iowa agriculture and how honeybees are the connection between plants and our plates.  She will also share information about the many uses for honey, including how it can sweeten your entire home.  Gabrielle will make appearances throughout the community during her visit.

January 13, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree in the city of Waterloo, the county seat of Black Hawk County, making this the eighth location where the invasive beetle has been found in Iowa. EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America. READ MORE... and Download helpful information.  Have a question to ask a Black Hawk County Master Gardener? Email: bhmg@iastate.edu or call 319-234-6811.  Would you like an Informational Emerald Ash Borer Speaker at your next meeting?

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Providing extension services on topics such as water quality and pollution control, hydrology and drainage, and remote sensing and modeling.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

Agriculture and Natural Resources has to many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

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