Black Hawk 4H & Youth

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April 2, 2020

4-Her's PLEASE NOTE: Yes there is Swine Weigh-In at your Home this Saturday, April 4th

Black Hawk County Swine Exhibitors:

4-H’ers planning to bring swine to the Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA Fair, must tag, weigh in and take pictures of their swine on Saturday, April 4, 2020 as Black Hawk County has done for the past 3 years. Please call Diane at (319-239-2745) if tags, taggers, scales and paperwork are needed. She can make an appointment to meet or make other arrangements.

Black Hawk County Sheep and Goat Exhibitors:

Because of the Coronavirus, the usual weigh in site at Hawkeye Community College will not work this year. Each family will need to tag their own sheep and goats at their home. As with swine, families will need to tag their animal project, take a picture of the animal with the tag in its ear, and send it to the Extension office. There will not be a rate of gain class at fair so a weight on the animal is not needed at the time of tagging.

All ewes must be tagged with a scrapie tag issued by the Iowa Department of Agriculture Land and Stewardship. Clover Lambs will NOT need a 4-H tag but will need to be identified by a scrapie tag or flock number. If you have questions please call Diane at 319-239-2745.

See the 4-H Livestock Page for lasts Up-Dates!

Helpful LINKS:
• YQCA INFO, Deadline: June 1st  - April Coupon Code Form (Must be mailed in with check), Cost will be $9, not $12.

 State Fair Livestock enter into State FairEntry by July 1st.
April 1, 2020

Please read for important details: DEADLINE is JUNE 1st!

FLASH SALE! April Coupon Code Form 
(Must be mailed in with check), Cost will be $9, not $12.

You must be YQCA Certified to SHOW your market animal at 
2020 Black Hawk County 4-H & FFA FAIR! YQCA is done yearly.

You can check your FSQA certificate status on or call 319-234-6811 and we can check. If your FSQA has expired then you must do YQCA each year.

• Do the Online YQCA Training log into www, by June 1st each year!


March 27, 2020

Hello 4-H families!

To help connect 4-Hers during this season of social isolation we are starting a 4-H Pen Pal Program here in Iowa! It is optional to participate in, but we hope that many of you will so you get the chance to connect with others in Iowa 4-H!

To participate fill out the following survey below.

4-Hers will be matched with another 4-Her via email (after filling out the brief survey above), and then they can decide how they’d like to communicate to their 4-H Pen Pal! You’ll have to contact each other via email first, but from there you can decide how you would like to communicate (email, letters, facetime, carrier pigeon, texts, etc.)!

We will email out conversation prompts every Tuesday and Thursday to those who signed up to participate help keep the conversation going!

Stay well everyone

Fill out this Survery:

March 27, 2020

Pillar of Cedar Valley Nursing and Rehab Center is looking for volunteers to write letters to their residents. Like a Pen Pal. This would be a great opportunity for 4-Her's to write encouraging cards for seniors during this time. You must go to the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley to paired with a resident. Take photos....  this would make for a great "Personal Development/Citizenship Project" for fair!

March 24, 2020

Up Coming Dog Obedience Classes at Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo at 6:00pm on Tuesdays:
• May 12  • May 19. • May 26. • June 2. • June 9. • June 16. • June 23. • June 30  • July 7 - Practice Show to get ready for Fair!  • July 14th for additional help

Questions? Contact Diane Wolfe,

Statewide Resources

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • 4-H Equation

    Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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