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

• Hiring a Summer Program Assistant: Read full description. Please send cover letter and 3 reference to 

• Hiring a Americorps 4-H Program Assistant. Read full description. Please send cover letter and 3 reference to


Up Coming 4-H Events:

 March 3 6:00-8:00pm 4-H Leaders Trainiing at Extension
• March 7  
9:00-10:45am 4-H Shooting Sports & ARCHERY at Chickasaw Hall, Hawkeye College Read more
 March 21 
10:00am - Noon Dog Project Workshop at Extension Read More
• March 24  Cedar Valley STEM FAIR
at UNI Dome Read more

Read More about the 4-H Omelet Breakfast!
 March 29th  8:00-1:00pm 4-H Omelet Breakfast at the UAW Hall

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

• Mar. 10, 2020 Pasture renovation Read more
• Feb. 5,12,19,26, March 4  "Eye on Employees Webinars" to address farm labor concerns Read more


• Feb. 27  6:30 Boots in the Barn at Heartland Acres Read more
• March 5  6:30 Boots in the Barn at Heartland Acres Read more
• March 12  6:30 Boots in the Barn at Heartland Acres Read more
• March 3, 4, 5 - 9:00am - 4:00pm  Hawkeye Farm Show at the UNI Dome Read more
• March 7 10:00am - 3:00pm Local Food & Film Festival at the Hearst Center for the Arts Read more
• March 11 9:30am - 3:00pm Spring Planting Tips at the ISU Northeast Research Farm Read more
• March 27 9:00am - 3:30pm  
Crop Scout School at the Borlaug Learning Center Read more 
• March 28  10:00am Farmers Market Nutritiion Program Vendor Webinars Read more
• April 11 10:00am Farmers Market Nutritiion Program Vendor Webinars Read more
 CALL 319-234-6811 to pre-register. If pre-registered you pay $20 at the door rather then $25. Please NOTE: If Waterloo Schools close for the day, the course will be canceled.
• March 10th - 7:00 PM - Private Continuing Instruction Course at Hawkeye College read more  
  Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses in other counties.

 IDALS 2020 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. 

• Feb. 24 and March 24 at Hawkeye College, Tama Hall. 10:00am 0 2:00pm
• April 10, May 8, June 12, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11 all at 10:00am - 2:00pm at Extension Office  See Brochure
• Jan. 8 - March 1st Dry and Private Manure Applicator can schedule to watch DVD for $10 at the Extension Office. 
See schedule for other certification dates and locations here.

Upcoming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses at Black Hawk County Extension
Call 319-234-6811 to register

Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management 1A, 1B, 1C, 10   Call for Reshow $45
Seed Treatment 4, 10   $35/Reshow $45
March 4  1:00pm Ornamental and Turf Applicators 3O, 3T, 3OT, 10   $35/Reshow $45
• March 11  9:00am Certified Handlers Handlers   $35/Reshow $45
Call 319-234-6811 for Aerial Applicators 11, 10           
For more info click here.


ServSafe • Next Class is February 17, 2020  in Black Hawk County, here at the Extension Office,

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


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

• Feb. 20 - Iowa Weather Read more
• March 5 - Bring Kids in the Garden Read more
• March 19 - Explore the Ada Hayden Herbarium Read more

• Master Gardener Information for Black Hawk    

• Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

County News

February 28, 2020

Please download Registration Form
and mail to Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua, IA  50658 by March 23rd.
For questions about the Crop Scout School Program please contact: Terry Basol, Extension agronomist at,  64-426-6801

February 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Black Hawk County Extension office

This training is for:

  • 4-H Leaders who were not able to attend the Annual Training session on December 5, 2019
  • New 4-H Leaders that were not able to attend the New Volunteer Training on October 24, 2019 or wish to attend this session for additional information

All Black Hawk County 4-H Leaders who are eligible for this training will be invited to the session by email and receive further information on training deadlines, registration, and online options as applicable.  

February 25, 2020

Meet new friends! Fun overnight filled camping adventure where the fun never ends!
Experience team building, gain camping skills, crafts, Olympic style activities and more!
A camp letter, packing list and required waivers will be mailed out a few weeks before camp.

Will be held at Camp Pine Lake, 23008 W Avenue, Eldora, IA  50627
COST: $75 Registration closes May 22, 2020
Download Registration Form Here

February 25, 2020

FREE and No RSVP needed!
Local Food & Film Festival March 7, 2020 Hearst Center for the Arts
It is free admission and fun for the entire family! Pick up the 2020 Buy Fresh Buy Local Directory, meet local producers, purchase local food, take a gardening class. See details!
We need your input!
Black Hawk County Community Food Assessment--Do you live or work in Black Hawk County? We invite you to take this anonymous SURVEY that will take less than 5 minutes. Complete by March 24th for a chance to win a $25 gift card from Walmart.

February 24, 2020

Cost: $145


Covers Transportation, Zoo Admission, Camp Fee, 2 afternoon snacks, Breakfast and an IMAX movie.
Questions, contact Diane Wolfe, or call 319-234-6811.

Send in registration form by March 27th.
Download • Registration Form

Zoo Conduct Form


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