Black Hawk County

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the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.


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.

Dealing with Flooding - 2014

Learn more about flood preparations, crops, clean up, health and safety, mold, private wells, stress management, and water conservation.

Up Coming Events...

** Dog Obedience Class WILL be held on Wednesday, July 16th at your normal time and location.
• 2014 Black Hawk County Fair Schedule and Events including STEM Fair on Friday, July 25th 1:00-4:00pm, Estel Hall
• 2014 Iowa Master Gardener and Pro Hort Classes for Black Hawk County. Click for More info and PDF Brochure.
• TOTALLY TREES - 2014 Summer Webinars 6:30 - 8:30, July 15, Aug. 14, Sept. 4 at the Extension Click for more info
FARMLAND LEASING MEETING at Tama Hall, Aug. 15, 2014 Click for more info

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

County News

July 14, 2014

The Fair has gone STEM!  The Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair’s second annual STEM Festival on July 25 will provide fairgoers an opportunity to explore hands-on STEM activities. The Festival, to be held 1 pm to 4 pm in Estel Hall on the National Cattle Congress fair grounds, is FREE to the public. 

July 2, 2014


One scholarship per year for $500 will be awarded to a former Black Hawk County 4-H member that has graduated from a public or private high school in the county, is enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited public or private university or college or trade school, and has completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year of post-secondary education. READ more...

May 28, 2014

Join us for some summer fun and learning at your Public Library.  During this free summer program children (K-3rd grade) will be given opportunities to engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities, crafts and games. See times and locations...

May 11, 2014

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: or call 319-234-6811.  Would you like an Informational Emerald Ash Borer Speaker at your next meeting?

July 17, 2014

You can now see the STATE FAIR PHOTOGRAPHY Winners! at the RiverLoop Public Market at 327 W 3rd St, Waterloo, IA 50701
(319) 287-9227. We had many fantastic photos to judge from. The judges where very impressed by the quality of all the photos from Black Hawk County 4-Hers!

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Parents learn to be better parents, kids learn to resist peer pressure and together they learn to better communicate as a family through the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 from ISU Extension and Outreach. Watch the video.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach News

July 10, 2014 04:55 PM

Jennifer Bentley, dairy specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recently produced a new publication about...

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