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

Read more about our Seniors and see our Video!

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.


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


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

 Click here for more on Important Dates.
4-Her's PLEASE NOTE: Yes there is Swine Weigh-In at your Home this Saturday, April 4th
No Sheep or Goat Weigh in this year.... but LIVESTOCK ID and PHOTOS still need to be entered into by June 1st.

See the 4-H Livestock Page for lasts Up-Dates!

Helpful LINKS:
• YQCA INFO, Deadline: June 1st  - Cost $12.

 State Fair Livestock enter into State FairEntry by July 1st.

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

 • 2020 Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA FAIRBOOK...Click here! 

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

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.
• First-time commercial, public or private applicators can apply pesticides under the direct supervision of a certified applicator without an applicator certification.
• Commercial cleaning services can apply disinfecting or sanitizing pesticides indoors where humans live, work, or congregate without a commercial pesticide applicator license.
• A Proclamation signed on March 22 provided regulatory relief to pesticide applicators who were certified through Dec. 31, 2019. These individuals can retain their applicator status and now have until Dec. 31, 2020, to submit the testing or training required to renew their certifications.


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

  • 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

June 2, 2020

Nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach provide quickinar videos for ‘Healthy and Homemade’ meals while saving money and time in the kitchen. 

Many of us are preparing and eating more meals at home. Spending more time in the kitchen than you prefer? Spending more money at the grocery store too?

Learn strategies to manage your time and budget in the kitchen. These tried and true strategies are not only useful during a pandemic, but all the time! Who does not want to serve great-tasting, nutritious meals that do not require a lot of time or money?

Learn more about the 10 - 15 minute Quickinars!

June 1, 2020

The 2020 Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair will be different this year due to COVID-19. 

See details here!

June 1, 2020

Still happening at this years Fair! Please apply for our :

• Dansforth & LIONS Scholarship  Scholarships DUE July 10, 2020
FOR 9TH - 12TH GRADE, Scholarships DUE July 12, 2020: 
• 2020 SHEEP Scholarship
• 2020 PORK Scholarship

For 16 - 21 Year Olds, Due July 1, 2020
• 2020 Fair King and Queen Application (word) (PDF)

May 27, 2020

Animal Science Roundup for 2020 replaced by New Animal Cy-ience Academy

The 2020 Animal Science Roundup is cancelled, but a new event called Animal Cy-ience will be offered virtually. Animal Cy-ience will be held July 1, 2020. The acedemy is designed for high-school-aged youth and is open to all.
Cost is $25 due by mid-night June 28th.
May 26, 2020

Story County Extension and Outreach is hosting a Babysitting Basics Program virtually at no charge for students 5th-12th grade. To receive a program certificate, participants view the self-learning materials and videos, participate in one group learning session through WebEx, and complete a babysitting quiz. LEARN MORE HERE!



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