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April 9, 2021

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Thank You to our Volunteers who help pack our Extension Week Boxes!
Waterloo, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week is April 12-17. Iowa’s 100 county extension offices will host activities throughout the week to thank Iowans for their support of extension efforts throughout the state.
“The challenges of the past year changed how ISU Extension and Outreach serves Iowans, but not why: We want a strong Iowa. We are here for you now and always,” said Shelly Smith, Executive Director.
“This celebration is one way we say thank you to the many volunteers, community leaders, organizations, agencies, and other partners who support our work in Black Hawk County,” Smith said.
Local small businesses will receive an awareness box of tools and information to support revitalizing our local economy.
Gardening seeds are available to the public and community donation gardens to sustain local foods.
Workshops on wellbeing, tools for caregivers, money smarts, preserving foods, pesticide application, youth mental health, planning for retirement, car care 101 for teenagers, and gardening are scheduled to strengthen our community.
“ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow. We will continue finding new ways to deliver research-based education and information to Iowans,” Smith said.
ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.
For more information about ISU Extension and Outreach, visit or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County office. 

March 16, 2021


Iowa State Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County will once again offer free garden seeds. These seeds were generously donated from various garden centers in fall of 2020 to offer them to community, school, donation, and church gardens that grow food to be donated to others.

You are getting first pick. A larger, public seed giveaway will happen in April.

Mark your calendars to pick up seeds for the qualifying garden you manage on March 29, Tuesday March 30, and Wednesday, March 31 from 9am to 3pm each day. The giveaway will be in the ISU Room across the hall from our office at 3420 University Avenue. Use Door 3.

For more information, contact Steven Eilers, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Black Hawk County Urban Agriculture Specialist at 319-234-6811 or at

February 5, 2021

Know a family with a 3- or 4-year-old child wanting a preschool experience? Applications are now available for families in Black Hawk County. Funding will not begin until July 1, but it's fine to apply now. Families must be at or below 200% of poverty. Families who qualify for head start must attend head start unless they are full.


Any preschool program that is licensed and is willing to be on Iowa's Quality Rating System at any level can participate. Programs can return the Program Guidelines Form anytime between now and July 1, 2021.


The forms are attached and can also be found on our website at

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June 25, 2015

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is awarding 41 grants totaling $466,095.50 to local nonprofits and government entities for community projects. Read more...

January 25, 2015

The Eastside Ministerial Alliance will be providing free tax preparation and e-filing for low-moderate income families during the month of February and March.  
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Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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