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 2018 TEST DATES for Private & Commercial Applicators for Black Hawk County. For all Iowa Counties.
• April 13 - IDALS Private Pesticide Applicator TESTING 10:00 - 2:00pm at Extension Read more
• March 28 - April 25  Free Gardening Classes at the Hawkins Memorial Library, LaPorte City Read more
• March 8, 22, April 10 & 25 10:00-11:00am at Extension 2018 Farmers Market Nutrition - Vendor Training Read more
March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24 - School Garden 101 Class Read more
• April 9 - May 8
  FREE Gardening Classes at the Waterloo & Cedar Falls Libraries, Read more
• August 21 & 23  Iowa Drainage School at the Borlaug Learning Center See Flyer
April 28 FSQA for 4-Hers taking animals to 2018 Black Hawk County Fair,  See Flyer
• May 5    Sheep & Meat Goat Weigh In See Flyer
• June 15-16 4-H Region 9 Jr. Camp in Toledo for 4th,5th and 6th Graders See Flyer
• June 26-28  Iowa 4-H Youth Conference in Ames, Sign up by June 1, (Animal Round-Up Track by March15) Read more
Important FAIR Reminders:
• MAY 15th - 
ALL LIVESTOCK (including dog and pets)
ENTRIES: Must be entered into by May 15th 
except rabbits and they need to be entered online by July 1st.
Click here for HELP SHEET for animal entry.

 • JULY 13 -
NON LIVESTOCK (STATIC) projects need to be entered into classes with

Fair Entry at (Sign in under Green 4Honline Button) by July 13th.
• July 24-28th Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair See Daily Schedule, See more info
JOIN 4-H!     •  2017-2018 4-H Calendar   • MAP OF CLUBS    WHAT is Black Hawk County 4-H? See brochure

 Next Class is May 21st in Black Hawk County, here at the Extension Office,
April 30th in Winneshiek County in Calmar 

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 Susan 
Nutrition Education Classes taught in the Spanish language, Read more

  Emerald Ash Borer Information 

 Master Gardener Club Information  Apply to Become a Master Gardener Here! Closes Sept. 1st

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE in the Cedar Valley, please contact Gini Berg, 319-464-4309, Read more

County News

April 12, 2018

Last Sunday's 4-H Omelet Breakfast was AWESOME! 
Nearly breaking last year's record!!! 1240 Omelets made to be exact! WOW!

But before we share all the work of the 4-H Youth we want you to look hard at the people back in the kitchen!!! Working hard behind the scene! They start working weeks and days before the event! They do the ordering, transporting and chopping of the food! Oh, and don't forget the organizing of the whole event! This event wouldn't run so smooth if it wasn't for the Black Hawk County 4-H VOLUNTEERS!!! 

Also HUGE THANKS to those who donated money as TABLE SPONSORS!!!

Be sure to check out all the photos on FACEBOOK!

April 10, 2018

See all the topics and dates running April thru May! Click Here! Download Flyer!

March 23, 2018

Join other 4th-6th grade campers on an overnight fun filled camping adventure! Enjoy the great outdoors June 15-16 at the Otter Creek Lake & Park, (6 miles NE of Toledo). Where the fun never ends! Experience team building, gain camping skills, learn archery, fishing, crafts and more! We’re ready to camp out & meet new friends! 

Early Bird Fee: Form and $40 due May 15  Download Registration Form Here.

March 22, 2018

The Broiler Project is an opportunity for a 4-H or FFA member to gain valuable experience in raising chicks to broiler weight. The 4-H or FFA member may choose to raise 20 or 40 chicks and present the best four birds as a Broiler Project Pen at the Black Hawk County 4-H Fair.
Cost for the projects is $20 per batch/member. Members who intend to donate their birds to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank will receive free a bag of feed; additionally, individuals who donate will be refunded their $20 upon bird check-in at fair. 
Let's break last year's donation to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank of 1272 pounds! (Great Job 4-hers!) Chick Project Order Form. Order by May 12th.

Read about Club Broiler Contest!


Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

20,000 Meals from the Heartland

Nothing brings people together quite like working shoulder to shoulder in hairnets and packaging 20,000 meals in an hour. During a Meals from the Heartland service project, ISU Extension and Outreach was networking with a purpose to fight hunger.

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