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

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  

4-Her's it's TIME TO RE-ENROLL! 
Please go to!

Here's a HELP Sheet. Here's a Video to watch.


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.
 Learn more about Black Hawk County 4-H 
        • 2020-2021 4-H CALENDAR


 "Preserve the Taste of Summer Online:  All About Apples"

• Thursday, October 22, 10am and 6pm - REGISTER HERE

• Wednesday, October 28, 10am and 7pm - REGISTER HERE


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

Soil TESTING Kits are available at the Black Hawk County Extension. Read more here


We will be having In-Person Pesticide Testing at the Black Hawk County Extension office.
• November 13
• December 11
Must pre-register 24 hours in advance because space is limited. Bring Driver's License. Questions call 319-234-6811. Register HERE!

Participants MUST CALL  319-234-6811 to register! $10 additional fee if not registered a week before.
(Only 9 people per class.)   Must Read our In-Person Training Covid Procedures before taking the class.

Please call 319--234-6811 to Register for Roadside, Forest, and Aquatic Pest Management 2, 5, 6, 10 - $35 
 • Oct. 23 - 1:00pm  

 Click Here to Register for Mosquito and Public Health Pest Management 7D, 8, 10 - $35
• Oct. 28 - 1:00pm

 Click Here to Register for Ornamental and Turf Applicators 3O, 3T, 3OT, 10 - $35
• Nov. 6 - 9:00am or 1:00pm

 Click Here to Register for Fumigation 7C, 10 - $35
• Nov. 17 - 9:00am 

 Click Here to Register for Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and
Plant Disease Management 
1A, 1B, 1C, 10 - $35
• Nov. 18 - 9:00am 

 Click Here to Register for Pest Control Operators 7A, 7B, 8, 10​​​​​​​ - $65
• Dec. 3 - 9:00am 
Click here for more info


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

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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:


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

• Soil Testing Info


COVID-19 Procedures 

County News

October 16, 2020

Join us on Monday, October 19 - 21 for the virtual 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit. This year’s Summit will feature conversations on racial equity within our food system, address the effects and long-term outcomes of COVID-19 on vulnerable and under-resourced populations, and address other systemic barriers to eradicating poverty and hunger. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the challenges and barriers Iowans face, and receive tools to implement change. Learn more and register for the free 3-day event at

 Event Page |   Registration |
Register Agenda |  Agenda Breakout Sessions |

Sarah Tanis, Youth Nutrition and 4-H Outreach Coordinator of ISU Extension and Outreach, 
will be presenting on Wednesday, October 21 at 2pm, at the virtual 2020 Iowa Hunger Summit starting Monday, October 19. This 3-Day virtual event will convene leaders from across Iowa representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and universities, civic and social clubs, and any individual participating in projects to confront food insecurity.

October 15, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer several online trainings for child care providers this fall. Each training will be offered at two different times and taught by ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialists.

October 13, 2020


4-Her's here's a cute and fun interactive way to view all of Black Hawk County 4-H resources!

Especially the new 4-H online re-enrollment icon! Click Here or on the picture to get started!

• Re-enroll or Enroll • 4-H Family Email. • 4-H You-Tube Channel • Monthly Activities and more!

October 7, 2020

Looking for something to do at home?

4-H has got you covered! We are excited to announce that we are offering 4-H At-Home Kits to our 4-H members once a week starting on Monday, October 5, 2020. Kits will be released once a week and you can stop by the Black Hawk County Extension office to pick up one kit per youth. If you would like to make arrangements to have your 4-H At-Home Kit delivered to you please email Sarah Tanis at

These At-Home kits are all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Kits include supplies for an activity, background of the activity, and steps on how to do it!  Read more!

October 6, 2020

Are you looking for something to do at home with your family?
Want to learn more about food and nutrition in a fun way?

Learn about food and nutrition based off of the research-based Kids in the Kitchen program and MyPlate. This is the at-home version! It includes: interactive games, worksheets, videos, DIY activities, and recipes. Due to the global pandemic we have had to adjust how we are doing our programming, as we are sure you have too, and we hope that Kids in the Kitchen At Home will provide youth with a better understanding of the five focus areas in a fun way. 

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woodworking for wildlife.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to build homes for wildlife

4 videos: Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, shows how you can build an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. (Then you can sit on your new bench to watch the bats, birds and ducks at their new homes!)

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