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May 12, 2020

Gardening to Give
All Iowans Growing a #StrongIowa

FOR ALL IOWANS! Master Gardeners too!


Feed your club, community, country, and world with weekly, hands-on, and research-based challenges and learning opportunities focused on gardening and growing, designed for all ages and abilities. By working together across the state to grow gardens, we can not only provide food for our loved ones, but we can donate our harvest to food pantries while engaging in the gardening experience. We are working across Extension to share information and learning opportunities for all of Iowa, and Gardening to Give is the youth-focused program for this opportunity.

The Gardening to Give program will run from May 15th-October 30th, 2020. Register for gardening and growing research-based weekly challenges and learning information.

Gardening to Give in a Snapshot.   Register HERE!

Pledge your hands to larger service by growing a garden with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H Youth Development. Weekly challenges and learning information will come to your inbox after registering. Use #4HGrowNShow on social media to show off your work and tell us about your gardening experience with photos, numbers, and progress here: www.bit.ly/GardenHarvest2020

July 20, 2019

Dates:  Thursdays….from 8/15-9/26 from 6-9pm

Price $100, Make Check payable to Black Hawk County Extension, 3420 University Ave., Suite B, Waterloo Iowa . 50701

Read more...           Open Registration Form

May 31, 2019

Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will feature a variety of topics hot on producers’ minds.

NASHUA, Iowa – Farmers who attend the annual spring field day at Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will get an inside look at popular topics for 2019, including industrial hemp, small grains production and the growing season forecast.

Planned for June 26, the program will begin at 1 p.m. with a talk by Dennis Todey, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub, regarding his insights on this year’s crop weather. READ MORE

May 3, 2019

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Black Hawk County will offer Pesticide Applicator Study Guides for private and Core Commercial pesticide applicators to purchase or check out from a lending library. The Commercial Pesticide Applicator Manual is available for $25.00 and the Private Pesticide Applicator Study Guide is available for $15.00. To check either one out a deposit of the same amount as purchase is required and returnable at the end of the check out period.

The Private Pesticide Study Guide was prepared by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff in the Pesticide Safety Education Program. The guide covers information about pesticides, impact on human health, equipment and clothing, handling, waste, equipment, effects in the environment and management of insects, weeds and pests.

This is for anyone who applies any restricted-use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator’s employer, or on the property of other agricultural producers with whom the applicator trades services.

For more information contact the ISU Extension & Outreach - Black Hawk County at 319-234-6811. 

Agriculture and Natural Resources has many resources to help Iowans. Get a list of them all here.

Statewide Resources

  • Information that protects and enhances the economic value of Iowa’s agriculture and horticulture, by educating growers and the general public about plant diseases and science.

  • Information on Pesticide Applicator Training, Integrated Pest Management, and related environmental programs.

  • The Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnosis of plant problems (plant diseases, insect damage, and assessment of herbicide damage) and the identification of insects and weeds from the field, garden, and home.

  • Providing direct, unbiased comparisons of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, in a number of different environments.

  • Daily 4” soil temperatures for Iowa counties to assist with crop management decisions and nutrient applications.

  • Educating producers, consumers and policy makers in the research and extension activities in organic agriculture both on-farm and at Iowa State University.

  • The Iowa Soil and Land Use site provides data related to the agricultural and non-agricultural uses of Iowa land to help you determine the right use for your soil.

  • Entryway to crop production, soil and nutrient management, weed management, and ag weather information.

  • Insecticide evaluation reports and information on specific pests of economic significance to Iowa crop production.

  • Grain handling, agricultural machine design, precision farming systems, soil tillage and management, and agricultural drainage.

  • Comprehensive information on manure management, research and application for Iowa.

  • Your source for comprehensive crop production news and information from Iowa State University specialists and agronomists.

  • Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices.

  • Knowledge and information that improves the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and assists emerging markets for user-specific grains.

  • Agricultural economics and business resources to help make sound management decisions for your business or farming operation.

  • Find resources on soil nutrients, nutrient management, soil sampling and testing, interpretations and recommendations.

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