Local Highlights

March 18, 2021

Iowa Master Conservationist Program to begin in Black Hawk County Black Hawk– Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program in April. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.

Offerings of the program are organized and coordinated by county extension offices throughout the state at the discretion of individual offices and partners. To learn more or to get registered, reach out to Extension professional Steven Eilers at (319) 234-6811 or seilers@iastate.edu.  Cost: $110.  Read more...

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. 

November 29, 2017

The fee for this program is $20.00. You DO need to preregister for CIC sessions in our county. If you plan to attend a session in another county, check with that county extension office about preregistration and the arrival time. Call ahead for any meeting that you plan to attend and confirm the date, time, and location of the meeting. For Black Hawk call, 319-234-6811.

November 30, 2016

Private continuing instruction course (CIC) programs that will be held in and around our county this winter. Feel free to attend any session that fits your schedule. The fee for this program is $20.00.Click here for more info and dates.

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

Statewide Resources

  • Publications and resources covering fish farming to pond management.

  • Providing Iowans with an independent, authoritative voice on water resource issues affecting Iowa.

  • A management approach for environmental enhancement of intensively modified agricultural landscapes.

  • Research-based information and current Extension and Research projects on tillage and cropping systems, soil carbon sequestration, residue management, and cover crops.

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

  • 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.

  • Tree identification, care and maintenance, and timber management resources.

  • Educating people about Iowa's wildlife resources so that Iowans can make informed decisions that impact wildlife and their habitats.

  • Establishing watershed groups in impaired sub-watersheds throughout Iowa implemented through partnerships of farmers, extension specialists, Iowa State University Extension and agencies at the state and local level.

  • Building institutional partnerships and increasing the capacity of citizens, educators, agencies and community leaders to better address water quality concerns.

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

  • Developing new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.

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

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

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