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. 

Program Manager II - 4-H Youth Development Program Leader at the State Office Read more

 • Resources to 2019 Recovery Click Here 

IDALS 2019 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County.
  April 4, 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
• Mar. 26 10:00-2:00pm Pesticide Testing at Hawkeye College
• April 12 9:00am LAST CHANCE PRIVATE PESTICIDE RECERTIFICATION at Black Hawk County Extension. $20 if Pre-registered (Call 319-234-6811) $25 if not. See other counties.
• April 3   Limited Space Gardening Winter Webinar at Extension, at Noon! Read more

• April 1, 10, 29 & May 1 at the  Cedar Falls Library, Read more
• April 2, 9, 22, 30 & May 7 at the Waterloo Library, Read more

• May 1 Keeping Silent in the face of Hurtful Sterotypes Workshop at EPI Deery Center 1:00-3:00pm Read more

JOIN 4-H!            
• March 31 8:00-1:00pm 4-H Omelet Breakfast at the UAW Hall Read more
• March 23, 26 & April 2 & 5  4-H Hockey Night with the Waterloo Blackhawks Read more
 No FSQA for 4-H Exhibitors this year... must take YQCA Read more
• April 6 SWINE WEIGH IN... familyies pick up tags at Extension Office and tag their own animals...Read more
• May 4 SHEEP/GOAT WEIGH IN 8:00-10:00am at Hawkeye College Farm ... Read more

 •  2019 Fair Schedule

 • MAP OF CLUBS    WHAT is Black Hawk County 4-H? See brochure
4-Her's Please RE-ENROLL in ia.4honline.comHelp Sheet to Re-Enroll!

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

County News

March 21, 2019

Black Hawk County Extension and Outreach is partnering the Black Hawk County Farm Bureau and the Waterloo Schools to deliver FarmChat-style, virtual agricultural education lessons in a new series being fully offered to classrooms April 1st.

4-H FarmTime is designed for classes of kindergarten students to experience a visit to a farm from the convenience of their classrooms. Curriculum used in the lessons is adapted from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. The lessons are hands on and will provide a positive impact on urban participants’ worldview and understanding of Iowa’s longstanding tradition of agriculture. Read more

March 21, 2019

Join us for an interactive session to learn useful, easy-to-learn phrases and skills for speaking up effectively against bias and stereotypes.

When: Wednesday, May 1, 1-3 pm .  Where: EPI Deery Center

Who: Professionals serving children and families in the Cedar Valley .   

Event is FREE but registration is required and SPACE IS LIMITED!!   Registration:


March 20, 2019

• Click Here to sign your 4-H Club Up for Dining Room Wor
• 4-Her's Click Here to Flip Omelets, 7th Graders and Older
• Download FLYER to share and to hang at places you visit.

Calling local Celebrities to put on their Aprons!

The Black Hawk County 4-H is thankful for the help these important individuals have offered to give and are looking forward to their contribution to the event. Their positive role modeling and their “omelet flipping skills” will be appreciated by young 4-H’ers, local community members, and all who are involved with this event. If you are interested in helping please call 319-234-6811 or email

March 20, 2019

Waterloo Mills has donated a variety of feed to the Black Hawk County 4-H program. If you are interested in receiving any feed listed SEE LIST, please call Emily at the Black Hawk County Extension office at 319-234-6811 with your request. (Specific Feed Type). The amount of feed you receive will depend on the demand by other 4-H families. It is our intent that we spread the feed donation evenly over all the families in Black Hawk County 4-H. More details coming on when you can pick up your feed, but you must first call and get your name on the list.

March 19, 2019

In cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide viewing for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program 2019 webinar training for new and returning farmers market vendors March 28 or April 11. Read more


Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

What Do We Do? We Serve All Iowans

Watch what happens when we invite some ISU Extension and Outreach staff to Hilton Coliseum for a conversation about what they really do. As they ask each other questions, they reach one conclusion: We serve all Iowans.  

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