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.

Black Hawk County Extension Office Hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday.

• Regional Extension Education Director - Regional Director - Region 9 See full description and apply here!

• Americorps 4-H Program Assistantsubmit a cover letter, resume and three references to
  See full description.

• K-12 4-H Program Assistant, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to
  See full description.

• SLIDES FROM AUG. 13, 2018 FARMLAND LEASING MEETING by Melissa O"Rourke Click Here

IDALS 2018 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. For all Iowa Counties. 
  Next Dates: Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension Read more
Up Coming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instructional Courses:
NOTE: GET ONLINE Registration Forms for the above Courses Here: Pesticide Website or Call 319-234-6811
Save $10 by Pre-registering a week before class.
• Oct. 17  9:00am Roadside, Forest, Aquatic Pest Management 2, 5, 6 & 10 (Early $35, Late $45)
 Oct. 25  9:00am Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management 7D, 8 & 10 (Early $35, Late $45)
• Nov. 2 Greenhouse Short Course... All Day in Ames
• Nov. 7    9:00am Ornamental and Turfgrass Applicators 3O, 3T, 3OT & 10 (Early $35, Late $45)
• Nov. 13  9:00am Fumigation 7C & 10 (Early $35, Late $45)
• Nov. 14  9:00am Commercial Ag (Weed, Insect, Disease) 1A, 1B, 1C & 10 (Early $35, Late $45)
• Dec. 5    9:00am Pest Control Operators 7A, 7B, 8, 10 (Early $60, Late $70)
• November 3  Black Hawk County Fall Garden Symposium, Read more
• November 15  Pro Ag Outlook Meeting at Hawkeye College, 8:00-Noon, Read more
JOIN 4-H!     •  2017-2018 4-H Calendar   • MAP OF CLUBS    WHAT is Black Hawk County 4-H? See brochure
• Oct. 7 4-H Family Fun Night for 4-H WEEK, at Palmer's Mini Golf, 4:30-8:00pm Read more
• Oct. 4 - Required 4-H Leaders Training and Record Books Due at Extension, 6:00-8:00pm Read more
• Oct. 25 New 4-H Leaders and Volunteer Training Read at Extension, 6:00-8:00pm Read more
• Oct 2 - Oct 25  4-H Judges Training, Read more and Register Here!
4-Her's Please RE-ENROLL in
4-H New Year is Sept. 1st. It's your Annual task. THANKS!
Help Sheet to Re-Enroll!

 Next Class is Oct. 8th in Black Hawk County, here at the Extension Office,
Sept. 17th  - Allamakee County, Nov. 13th - Fayette County  
You must register online, three weeks before class, PLEASE ..CLICK HERE!

Participants must be pregnant or parenting children under the age of 18.
Nutrition Education Classes taught in English by Susan 
Nutrition Education Classes taught in the Spanish language, Read more

  Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  Master Gardener's 2018 Classes Schedule
Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

County News

September 20, 2018

Looking for a FUN DAY TRIP for next Saturday, Sept. 29th?
Then join the Master Gardeners for a bus trip to the Des Moines Farmers Market and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens!
The chartered bus will leave from the Extension office at 7am and be back by evening. *we are planning a pick up stop at the Mill on Hwy 14 for Grundy County people.
Cost for the day is $45 dollars for NON- CV Arboretum members, $35 for Arboretum Members (with reciprocal agreement.) Cost includes admission to Botanical Garden.
Any addition shopping or food expense would be up to you. We have room for 56 people on the bus. We are opening it up to the public. Contact Steven or call 319-234-6811 to register. Payment must be made to and sent/delivered to the Extension office by Wednesday, Sept. 26.
This holds your spot and is NON-refundable. More questions call 319-234-6811 or email Steven Eilers, 

September 20, 2018

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 4th. All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

September 19, 2018

Bring a FRIEND out to Palmer's Mini Golf, 1666 W. Airline Hwy, Waterloo for Family Fun Night! Read more!      See Flyer!

September 18, 2018

Competent, caring adult volunteers are an Essential Element of the Iowa 4-H program. Volunteers contribute their time and talents to 4-H and in return 4-H has the responsibility to provide them with the positive youth development knowledge and skills they need to effectively work with youth. Leaders who participated in the training told us:

• Learned from presenters and also from experience of other members
• Being able to connect with others
• Became more aware of situations I hadn't though of before - gained a new perspective of things
• Good interaction and wonderful ideas and suggestions from other leaders         Please RSVP by calling 319-234-6811 or email Diane at


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