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...

 Aerial Applicator Continuing Instructional Course Call Extension Office to schedule time. 319-234-6811
• 4-H Day Camps for K -3rd Graders in June                 JOIN 4-H! 
• Flower Bucket Workshop, June 1st 5:30 - 7:00. RSVP HERE

4-H Shooting Sports, First Sat. of the Month. 4-Her's come and give it a try!

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
(CANCELLATIONS: If an event is cancelled it will be labeled so in the Black Hawk County Events Box to the right.)

County News

May 28, 2015

The President's National Pollinator Initiative invites you to join the national bee and butterfly brigade! Did you know that every third bite of food we eat is due to pollinators? It's true! Honey bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators help grow our food, keep our flowers blooming and make our lands healthy. However, for many reasons, including lack of habitat, pollinators are struggling. Last year, President Obama directed all federal agencies to assist in pollinator conservation to protect the health of our nation's food security and keep bees, birds and butterflies flying. The president's National Pollinator Initiative is commited to sustaining the future of pollinators through research, policy, education and action. Your help is needed! By planting these seeds in your home or school garden you can be a part of the nationwide effort to build pollinator habitat and help pollinators! STOP BY THE OFFICE FOR YOUR SEEDS AND GET STARTED!!! Learn

May 27, 2015

Shelly Smith started her duties as Black Hawk County ISU Extension and Outreach Executive Director on May 6. 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...

May 24, 2015

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach has an immediate opening for Summer Program Assistant beginning June through mid-August. 
Appeals to those interested in planning, organizing and leading science, technology,  engineering and math programming to area youth - Job Description & Application Send cover letter, resume, application, and 3 references to Shelly Smith at

May 26, 2015

Young farmers who depend on pasture to support their livestock operation will benefit from attending the Grassroots Grazing program.  This three part program includes pasture walks at three different sites throughout the summer and will address setting livestock enterprise goals, selecting an appropriate grazing system, developing pasture improvement plans, managing grass height, results of adequate rest, fencing, watering, weed management and extending grazing. READ MORE...

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

“Cook This!” is part of 4-H healthy living education from ISU Extension and Outreach. Youth develop nutrition knowledge and culinary skills through hands-on activities as they taste and prepare new flavors.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

May 12, 2015 10:32 AM

Iowa 4-H alum Melissa Tabke is enjoying a great adventure while spreading the message of 4-H to a new audience in the West African...

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