Dubuque County

A world of 4-H with you in it. Join 4-H!

Connect with our Dubuque County Master Gardeners to learn more about your yard & garden.

Our agriculture & dairy experts give you research-based, unbiased information about improving your business.

We need your ideas - join the discussion about aging in Dubuque County.

ISU celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 which created the national Cooperative Extension System.

Dubuque County Extension

In these trying economic times, improving the quality of life in Iowa continues to be at the heart of ISU Extension’s work: collaborating with communities to reduce poverty; helping farmers and consumers enhance energy efficiency; educating Iowans about food, feed and fuel issues; and helping companies develop strategies to improve their bottom line.

IMPORTANT LINKS: 

Job Openings and Internships
All staff postions are filled at this time.
 
LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES:  Information for farmers, consumers, and others interested in regional food systems.
 
LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES FOR YOUTH EDUCATORS:  Looking for research-based gardening & food curriculem to help your students learn about the source of their food? Look no further! Lists all ISU Extension programs & resources for educators in school & community-based settings.
 
LOCAL FOOD RESOURCES FOR INSTITUTIONS:  Learn about Dubuque Eats Well - Farm to Institution Working Group. Includes research-based information on food safety, procurement policy, distribution, planning and other information for institutional food service managers interested in buying local. 
 
SCHOOL'S OUT DAY CAMPS:  A variety of School's Out Day Camps for youth in the Dubuque Community School district or Western Dubuque Community School district. This year we are offereing In-Person Full Day Camps, In-Person Half Day Camps and At Home Camp in Box. Questions can be directed to Dubuque County Extension and Outreach (563)583-6496.
 
SERVSAFE:  Food Safety training - certification for Foodservice Managers & Workers.
 
PESTICIDE AND MANURE APPLICATOR TESTING AND TRAINING INFORMATION 
 
YARD AND GARDEN/HORTICULTURE:  Local highlights, events, news, resources and more! 
 
MASTER GARDENERS:  Spring Seminar, newsletters, fall training, events, and more! 
 
MASTER CONSERVATIONIST:  Training information for our first ever program.
 
LINKS FOR FARMERS, LAND OWNERS AND DAIRY NEWS:  Custom farm rate survey, land values, cash rental rates, pasture rental rates, and more. 
 
4-H ONLINE:  Web-based access for 4-H families to update their records and project information.
 
FAIR ENTRY:  Online fair management system. Online entries required for all exhibitors and all projects (both livestock and indoor projects).
 
FAMILY LIFE:  Find resources to help you manage your finances, control your credit, and plan for your future. Join the Mid-Life & Beyond discussion about issues surrounding aging in Dubuque County.
 
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County News

National 4 -H Week Logo
October 1, 2020

Join Dubuque County 4-H in celebrating National 4-H Week October 4 - 10, 2020.

4-H Clover
September 8, 2020

4-H Online features online registration for current and new 4-H members. On October 1, registration will be available in the updated version called 4-H Online 2.0.

Flyer with Plan Shop Save Cook Information
September 4, 2020

Come join our FREE nutrition series! Plan, Shop, Save & Cook is a year-round 4-week nutrition program focused around planning for low-cost healthy meals and snacks, learning how to save money when shopping at the grocery store, how to write a grocery shopping list and how to better understand food labels. There are also, some fun take home items such as measuring spoons, reusable shopping bag, and a cook book. To learn how to register or for more information contact Abby Spiegel at 563-583-6496 or email at spiegel@iastate.edu. 

September 3, 2020

We have ideas to help you make healthy meals that are easy and inexpensive. We are available for phone calls and video chat. Call Abby at 563-583-6496 for more information.

Picture of Joe Simon
August 21, 2020

Joe Simon of Dubuque County was inducted into the 2020 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a virtual ceremony on Sunday, August 23. Eighty-six Iowa counties are participating this year and have selected 117 inductees for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. 

woodworking for wildlife.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

How to build homes for wildlife

4 videos: Adam Janke, ISU Extension and Outreach wildlife specialist, shows how you can build an Aldo Leopold bench, a bat box, a bird box and a wood duck box. (Then you can sit on your new bench to watch the bats, birds and ducks at their new homes!)

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