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.

• Seeking FoodCorps Members to hire! Read more

• July 11  9:00 -11:00am Beef Quality Assurance Training at Hawkeye College.
  No charge. Call 319-234-6811 to register by July 10th Read more
DEADLINES for Animal and Static Projects to be entered into  (4-Her's enter in GREEN BOX):
• Fair Entry HELP SHEET
• 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 4-H Livestock Rules

Friday, July 26th 1:00-4:00pm at Estel Hall, National Cattle Congress, Part of the Black Hawk County FAIR read more

Following the STEM FAIR... NEW THIS YEAR!....FREE Country Concert by Casey Muessigmann!
Be sure to come early 5:30 - 8:30pm and enjoy the "Fairboard Barbeque Cookout" featuring Pork Sandwiches, Sweet Corn, Smoked Chicken Legs, Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream and more for purchase while the kids play at the Free 4-H-Made Carnival! All great family fun! READ MORE!


• ALL Can ENTER a Project at the Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! READ MORE!

• June thru August
See Dates & Time for Hawkins Memorial Library, Dunkerton, Waterloo, Janesville & Hudson Libraries, Click Here
JOIN 4-H!            

• 2018-2019 4-H Calendar


• August 13, 1:00pm Hawkeye College, Farm Leasing Meeting 319-234-6811 to register - $20 a person, At the door $25 

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

 • 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

in Black Hawk County, apply by August 15, 2019...Click Here!

• Master Gardener Information for Black Hawk    
• Learn more about the FALL 2019 Master Gardener Program, read more
• Master Gardeners Login for Volunteer Hours.

 • 2019 Local Farmer's Markets!

County News

July 8, 2019

Dog Obedience workshops prior to the Black Hawk County Fair!  4-H’ers that are planning to show their dogs at Fair are encouraged to attend.  All workshops will be held in the grassy area west of the parking lot of the Black Hawk County Extension office at 3420 University Avenue in Waterloo. The workshops will be held from 6pm-7pm on the following dates:

• Thursday, July 11the   • Thursday, July 18th    Monday, July 22nd

Please bring your dog’s vaccination history and have your pup on a 6 foot leash.  Water and treats will be provided. Contact the office at 234.6811 if you have any questions.

July 8, 2019

See dates in October for Personal Development, Woodworking, New Judges Training and Photography! All Online!

June 30, 2019

Master Gardener's Summer WebCast

Participants will gain insight into pollinators, vegetables and flowers, and urban ecology.

At the Black Hawk County Extension Office! Call for more info 319-234-6811
Public is Welcome. Counts as one hour of "Master Gardener's Educational Hours."

June 28, 2019

The Iowa State University Extension & Outreach of Black Hawk County office has scheduled a Farmland Leasing and Management workshop for Tuesday, August 13th at 1:00pm at Hawkeye Community College.  

More than half of Iowa farmland is rented.  In some Iowa locations, as much as 70 percent of the land is farmed by farmers who don’t own the land. Read more...


emerald ash borer.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to Handle Emerald Ash Borer

11 videos: ISU Extension and Outreach specialists share tips for deciding on treatment options for emerald ash borer and protecting ash trees from this invasive pest.  

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