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
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4-H Shooting Sports, First Sat. of the Month at 9:00am. Please note, due to Labor Day we'll meet Sat. Aug. 29th, not Sept. 5th.

OMAHA ZOO TRIP FOR 6TH - 8TH GRADERS, SEPT. 19-20TH
             JOIN 4-H!     RECORD BOOKS DUE OCT. 1st, get forms here.
After Sept. 3rd all 4-Her's must RE-ENROLL! Click here for help. Click here for 4-H ONLINE.
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SERVSAFE - June 24, 2015 at Black Hawk Extension See BROCHURE
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CROP CHAT May 2015 Newsletter
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 Emerald Ash Borer Information
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   Cedar Valley Grows -- Community Garden Information
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 Master Gardener 2015 Club Information 
"Become a Master Gardener Classes" Starts Sept. 29th! See Brochure

County News

August 19, 2015

Bring your whole family to the Cedar Valley Family STEM Festival! Experience over 70 FREE and FUN activites at this hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics event being held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

August 19, 2015

 5:30 - 8:30pm, St. Paul's Methodist Church, 2017 W Louise St., Waterloo
Iowans can learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during online lessons and hands-on workshops from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Black Hawk County. The online lessons already are available and a Salsa workshop is planned for Thursday September 17th in Waterloo.  After completing the on-line lessons, contact Weber to register for the Salsa Workshop.  Registration deadline for the salsa workshop is September 10th.

August 18, 2015

Open to All and No Charge!
Please mark your calendars and get ready for this upcoming Growing Season Webinar Series brought to you by Master Gardeners at Iowa State University. Starting Tuesday, August 25th at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office, we will be venturing on a 3 part (2 hour long) growing season webinar series that will begin with • Design from Yard to Trough, • Water in the Garden, and followed by • Pollinators & Growing Herbs.  Please bring family or friends and sign up here!

August 17, 2015

The Black Hawk County 4-H program is recruiting adult volunteers to join the county’s First LEGO League Program. Currently there are two 4-H First LEGO League clubs active in Black Hawk County, and more youths are waiting for coaches. Please read more:

August 16, 2015

4-H members fed and cared for chickens as a 4-H Broiler Chick Project. This project brought 950 pounds of fresh meat delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. Fresh meat is a rarity for food bank patrons. This year’s total brings the overall total to more than 1 ton of chicken donated by Blackhawk County 4-H’ers over the past 3 years. Special Thank You to: Reiter Farms, Dusk to Dawn, Charlotte and Ron Nielson, Loretta and Steve Doepke, Mike and Lynn Pipho. And to our 4-H familys: Sage's, Zuck's, Steege's, Brockelsby's, Ruzicka's, Bechthold's, Fettkether's, Pipho's, Drinovsky's, McIntoch's, Scott's, Miller's VanDaele's and Koelling's!  AWESOME JOB!

“The Northeast Iowa Food Bank greatly appreciates the partnership with Black Hawk County 4h and Extension, stated Barbara Prather, Executive Director.  There is never enough protein items available for those we serve and to watch this project from start to finish is simply amazing.  It not only provides protein items for people in need, it also enables kids to act and do something great for their community.”

Thank YOU and all of the 4H kids!, Sheri Huber-Otting, Northeast Iowa Book Bank

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