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 Extension Program Specialist II - EFNEP/SNAP-Ed Supervisor
The primary function of these staff is supervising nutrition educators in the communities they serve. This includes hiring, training, coaching and day-to-day supervision responsibilities. In addition, each new hire will have the opportunity to do some direct programming totaling less than 20% of their total duties. The posting will remain open until successful candidates are identified with a guaranteed consideration date of February 3, 2020. Read more

• Hiring a 4-H Summer Fair Intern: Read full description. Download Application. Please send application, cover letter and 3 reference to

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


Time for 4-Her's to Re-enroll into
Help Sheet
New Family Help Sheet
 Learn more about Black Hawk County 4-H 
        • 2019-2020 4-H Calendar

Up Coming 4-H Events:

• Feb. 1  9:00-10:45am 4-H Shooting Sports & ARCHERY at Chickasaw Hall, Hawkeye College Read more
• Feb. 1  5:00-8:00pm 4-H Family Fun Night at UNI Wellness Center Read more
• Feb. 8 11:00am Animal Tracking and Snow Shoeing at Hartman Reverse Read more
 March 3 6:00-8:00pm 4-H Leaders Trainiing at Extension

• Jan. 22, 2020, Preparing for calving season
• Feb. 18, 2020, Market trends, tracking and improving profitability
• 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
 Please NOTE: If Waterloo Schools close for the day, the course will be canceled.
• February 5th - 9:30 AM - Private Continuing Instruction Course at Hawkeye College read more
• March 10th - 7:00 PM - Private Continuing Instruction Course at Hawkeye College read more  
  Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses in other counties.
 IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. 
   Nov. 8, Dec. 13  
  IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension See Brochure
• Feb. 12
1:30pm Confinement Site Manure Applicator Workshop at Dike Public Library Read more
• 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

• Jan. 23 & 24  Iowa Specialty Producers Conference in Ankeny (commercial and private) Categories 1D and 10 1D,10
• Feb. 12  9:00am Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, and Plant Disease Management 1A, 1B, 1C, 10   $35/Reshow $45
• Feb. 19 . 9:00am Seed Treatment 4, 10   $35/Reshow $45
March 4  9:00am 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 January 27, 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

January 27, 2020




9:00-10:45am - Shooting Sports    10:45 - 11:30am - ARCHERY

For questions contact Diane Wolfe, 319-234-6811. Or come and find out more! Open to all 4-hers 4th grade and older. You can bring a Friend, but if they are not enrolled in 4-H, they must do so by going to: enter as a new family and for the club choose Shooting Sports. 

January 27, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach from Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Butler and Grundy Counties are hosting a soil fertility workshop on February 28 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a focus on interpreting soil test results to make more informed fertilizer decisions for both row crops and forage crops. This workshop will be led by Terry Basol and Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU extension field agronomists in the northeast and east-central Iowa. Read more...
To pre-register by Wednesday, February 26 or for additional information contact either the Black Hawk County Extension Office by calling 319-234-6811 or emailing Space is limited to the first 30 registrants. 

January 27, 2020


Download FLYER to share

Wellness & Recreation Center, 2301 Hudson Rd., Cedar Falls
Questions? Contact Diane Wolfe,

January 23, 2020



Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 2020   9:30am - Noon
at Nazareth Lutheran Church, 7401 University Ave, Cedar Falls

$30 (includes Caregiver Help Book - $30 value)       Please REGISTER HERE by April 1st

Cindy Thompson | Human Sciences Specialist/Family Life .  641-229-6644 or  Read more


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