Black Hawk County

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach: Black Hawk County

We are committed to provide our citizens with "Information for Everyday Living." Iowa State University Extension offers education and information to the citizens of Iowa through the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business and Industry, Community and Economic Development, Families, and 4-H Youth Development.

Up Coming Events...

Coming Mid-August, Farm Land Leasing Meeting, watch for details.

 Aerial Applicator Continuing Instructional Course Call Extension Office to schedule time. 319-234-6811
 Bring your OLD TRACTOR to the fair!
 • Reminder! 4-Her's you must have your RABBITS entered into: and then into: by JULY 1st!   Plus ALL NON-LIVESTOCK (STATIC) Projects  into: by JULY 1st too!
4-H Shooting Sports, First Sat. of the Month at 9:00am. 4-Her's come and give it a try!

             JOIN 4-H! 
SERVSAFE - June 24, 2015 at Black Hawk Extension See BROCHURE

CROP CHAT May 2015 Newsletter
 Emerald Ash Borer Information

   Cedar Valley Grows -- Community Garden Information
Master Gardener 2015 Club Information 
"Become a Master Gardener Classes" Starts Sept. 29th! See Brochure

County News

June 18, 2015

University of Northern Iowa's Local Food Program at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education is looking to hire one more AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist us in developing three new food access/security initiatives serving households and neighborhoods in need in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Read More...

June 5, 2015

FairEntry offers an easy-to-use registration for exhibitors. Sign in with your 4-H Online ID and password and entry your projects. Enter ALL PROJECTS (it's easy to delete a project if you don't get it completed.) Please enter your projects by July 1st. Also with this new program Non-Livestock is now called STATIC. To learn more come to our Open House June 10th, 5:00-8:00 at Extension!
Fair Entry Help Sheet for Black Hawk County  - Log on at: 
Fair Entry Help Sheet for State Fair Livestock - Log on at:

June 25, 2015

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is awarding 41 grants totaling $466,095.50 to local nonprofits and government entities for community projects. Read more...

June 24, 2015

 Iowa State University serving Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach, in partnership with the Waterloo Community School District, has collaborated to develop a hands on experience for youth that can bring about life long educational experiences. Together, four raised garden beds have been established outside of the George Washington Carver Academy for this year’s growing season.

            The beds can be seen from Highway 63, next to Carver’s landmark Dick Young Greenhouse that has been serving as a community greenhouse for over 6 years. Through gardening and school STEM curriculum, the gardens will serve as a teaching tool alongside the Dick Young Greenhouse to strengthen our knowledge and awareness of locally grown food.

The Green Thumb Gardening Club, Carver’s afterschool program, meets weekly throughout this summer to kick off the use of the new garden beds. As the school year starts the Green Thumbs, science classes and other programs will continue learning these hand on experiences. They will be engaged with the preparation and planning of growing plants and vegetables from start to finish as well as many other aspects of horticulture, business, literature, mathematics, fine arts and much more.

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June 29, 2015 09:07 AM

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