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. 


IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County.
  May 10, June 14, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13  
  IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension See Brochure

Cedar Valley Farmers Markets • 2019 Local Farmer's Markets!

JOIN 4-H!            

• 2018-2019 4-H Calendar

No FSQA for 4-H Exhibitors this year... must take YQCA  Read more
• May 15 ALL LIVESTOCK (including dog and pets) Must be entered and verified into (except rabbits)
 (4-Her's enter in GREEN BOX)
• July 3 Crop Plot, Garden Plot, Fashion Revue, $15 Challenge, Clothing Selection, Working Exhibits, Ed Presentation, Extemporaneous Speaking and Share the FUN Entries must be entered into
• July 12 ALL LIVESTOCK AND NON LIVESTOCK (STATIC) projects need to be entered into

 •  2019 Fair Schedule    • 2019 4-H Livestock Rules

 • 2019 Black Hawk County Fair Book to help 4-Her's to enter projects into

• June 13 6:30pm Lego League (FLL)
or (FLL Jr.) COACHES Workshop read more

 • Next Class is April 29th in Black Hawk County, here at the Extension Office,

 2019 SERVSAFE BROCHURE     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 Athena
Nutrition Education Classes taught in the Spanish language, Read more

 • Master Gardener Club Information   • SIGN UP FOR FALL 2019 Program, read more
• Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

County News

May 17, 2019

long-term care

WATERLOO, Iowa – Providing long-term care for a loved one can take a physical, emotional and financial toll on the caregiver and the person receiving the care, and can affect their community as a whole. Through the Finances of Caregiving workshop series, a mother and her daughter learned how to face this challenge together. Then they encouraged the broader African American community to learn as well.

The Finances of Caregiving workshop series helps families with many issues related to providing care for a loved one, said Jeannette Mukayisire, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 15, 2019

Thanks Sonal, Lanae and Eleni for all your hard work!

Progressive Agriculture Safety Day will be held at La Porte City Elementary School on May 24th with over 300 students, teachers, adult volunteers, FFA members, and ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County staff in attendance. Educational safety lessons will be delivered to children from Kindergarten through 5th grade.


May 8, 2019

Fairy Garden Workshop

4-Her's bring a Friend.... We have all the supplies so there is no charge for this class. To be held at the Dick Young Greenhouse, 1505 Logan Ave., Waterloo.
Saturday, June 15th 9:30-11:30pm 

Bring a container you would like to have your Fairy Garden made in, or we do have some Tea Cups. Plants will be provided. Bring your creativity! You can also enter your Fairy Garden as a Fair Project in FAIR ENTRY under Ag and Natural Resources #10260!

We are also painting BlueBird house that where pre-made for us. We'll be working in teams of 2 to paint these. We will at a later date take them to George Wyth State Park to be installed.

We have a limit of 15 kids for this class... so sign up early! Questions call 319-234-6811. Sign Up HERE!

May 3, 2019

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County will offer Pesticide Applicator Study Guides for private and Core Commercial pesticide applicators to purchase or check out from a lending library. The Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual is available for $25.00 and the Private Pesticide Applicator Study Guide is available for $15.00. To check either one out a deposit of the same amount as purchase is required and returnable at the end of the check out period.

The Private Pesticide Study Guide was prepared by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff in the Pesticide Safety Education Program. The guide covers information about pesticides, impact on human health, equipment and clothing, handling, waste, equipment, effects in the environment and management of insects, weeds and pests.

This is for anyone who applies any restricted-use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator’s employer, or on the property of other agricultural producers with whom the applicator trades services.

For more information contact the ISU Extension & Outreach - Black Hawk County at 319-234-6811. 

May 2, 2019

Norm will be i n the office Tuesday Mornings 9:00-11:00am.
Bruce will be in the office Friday Mornings 9:00-11:00am.
They will be happy to help you with all your gardening questions! Please call the Extension Office at: 319-234-6811. 
Or email them at:
If you are dropping off a sample....please put in a plastic bag. THANKS!


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