Black Hawk County

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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.

As Iowans deal with disruptions to their families and communities, these resources provide information to help you cope with concerns about stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness. Click Here.

• COVID 19 RESOURCE SHEET... CLICK HERE          • COVID 19 Webpage...Click HERE

The Black Hawk County Extension Council met on June 29th, 2020, where they reviewed and approved the reopening of the office to the public beginning July 6th, 2020.
ISU Extension & Outreach's mission is to provide education and build partnerships designed to solve today's problems and prepare for the future. We do this by being everywhere for Iowans. ISU Extension and Outreach serve a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources.
Staff, volunteers, and visitors are asked to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines of social distancing, respiratory etiquette, handwashing, contact tracking, and other prevention efforts posted with signs throughout the office.
For more information please contact Shelly Smith, Executive Director, at ISU Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County, 319-234-6811, or  

Learn more about the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA FAIR!
 (Changes for this year due to COVID-19.)


Tune in for some great Fun and Learning for all AGES! Read more!

The Iowa 4-H product team has curated a wide variety of youth-led learning resources that are available for at-home learning. Click Here.


 FREE, but must register here!

• Thursday, Aug. 20, 10-11 a.m. and 8-9 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 10, 7-8 p.m.

 May 15 to Oct. 30, 2020, for all Iowans, Read more


 Learn more about Black Hawk County 4-H         • 2019-2020 4-H Calendar


• Omelet Breakfast Date changed to October 11, Read more
HOLD on to Your Omelet tickets until FALL!

Extension is not offering Pesticide TESTING at this time. Hawkeye Community College Testing is Open.... Please Call 319-296-4318 or click here. 

Private pesticide applicators who plan to recertify by attending Private applicator Continuing Instruction Course (P-CIC) programs and were unable to participate in a 2019-2020 P-CIC will now have until Sept. 30, 2020, to attend the 2019-2020 CIC program.Participants MUST CALL  319-234-6811 to register ahead of time because only 9 participants at a time allowed. Cost $20. 

• September, Tuesday 8th, 9 am & 1 pm
• September, Wednesday 9th, 9 am & 1 pm
• September, Monday 28th, 9 am & 1 pm
• September, Tuesday 29th, 9 am & 1 pm
• September, Wednesday 30th, 9 am & 1 pm LAST DAY POSSIBLE

Participants MUST CALL  319-234-6811 to register!
• Oct. 21 - 9:00am Roadside, Forest, and Aquatic Pest Management 2, 5, 6, 10
• Oct. 28 - 9:00am Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management 7D, 8, 10
• Nov. 4 - 9:00am Ornamental and Turf Applicators 3O, 3T, 3OT, 10 
• Nov. 17 - 9:00am Fumigation 7C, 10 
• Nov. 18 - 9:00am Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management 1A, 1B, 1C, 10 
• Dec. 2 - 9:00am Pest Control Operators 7A, 7B, 8, 10​​​​​​​ 
Click here for more info

Please NOTE: 
On April 2, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a Proclamation that temporarily suspends the regulatory provisions in Iowa Codes § 206.5(3), 206.5(4) and 206.6(1) for the duration of the Proclamation and any future extensions.
• First-time commercial pesticide applicators who obtain a private applicator certification can be employed and operate under the instructions and control of a certified commercial applicator.
• Individuals can take the private applicator certification test online during this public health emergency. READ MORE...


ServSafe  You must register online, three weeks before class, PLEASE ...CLICK HERE! 


 Click Here or 
Call us toll-free Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
1-800-262-3804 (in Iowa)
1-800-854-1678 (in Minnesota)
1-800-735-2942 (Relay Iowa phone linkage for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals)
515-296-5883 (toll charges may apply)
• Food Related Covid-19 Resources

____________________ Learn more!
Participants must be pregnant or parenting children under the age of 18.
Nutrition Education Classes taught by Susan

 Read more!
Bruce is in the office Friday Mornings 9:00-11:00am.
You can call at 319-234-6811 or email them at:

  • Become a Master Gardener! Apply before August 1, 2020. Apply Here

• Master Gardener Information for Black Hawk    • Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

County News

August 14, 2020

Bart & Amy Samuelson to Be Inducted into Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame

Bart & Amy Samuelson of La Porte City will be inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H.

Two ceremonies will be streamed online to recognize this year’s honorees. Bart & Amy will be recognized during the 1:30 p.m. event. Visit on the day of the ceremony to locate the online event.  Read more about Bart and Amy!

July 17, 2020

See all the entries and how they placed as they come in!

June 11, 2020

These are FREE to Iowans across the state.

Preserving your garden’s summer bounty is a great way to enjoy home-grown produce year round – as long as you don’t serve food borne illness with your home preserved foods. To help Iowans safely preserve foods, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting a Virtual Food Preservation 101 Course. Read more!


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Here for You. Now. Always.

For over 100 years, ISU Extension and Outreach has been serving Iowans. As our state recovers from COVID-19, we’ll continue to deliver research-based education and information. We’re here for you now. And for the next 100 years.

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