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Poster with photos of people in ethnic dress and potluck table
April 22, 2019

Community potluck at STC Elementary School on May 5 will feature the creative art work of area students and music by Los Aliados. 

3 women surrounding a display board with information about the seed library
April 22, 2019

Now you can check out seeds at the library.  Through an arrangement between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners program and the Toledo Public Library, a seed library housed at the Toledo Public Library has seeds you can check out and plant in your garden. Seeds available through the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers.

flier for Women Managing Farm Finances in Toledo Iowa with dates and times
December 14, 2018

Women's roles in agriculture continue to expand.  In Iowa, one in five principle operators or primary managers of farm businesses are women.  Women involved in agriculture in Iowa have a significant economic impact-nearly $500 million.

Young tree in snow
October 12, 2018

AMES, Iowa – Trees and shrubs are not as active in winter, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored through the cold season. Winter brings food scarcity, which makes the home landscape a target for rabbits. Rabbits can severely damage trees and shrubs unless homeowners are proactive, which makes protecting them before winter arrives a major priority.

March 20, 2018

Estate Planning Seminar will be held Wednesday April 11, 2018 from 6-9pm at the Tama County Extension and Outreach office in Toledo

Topics will include: Property Ownership, Wills, Federal Estate Tax, Iowa Inheritance Tax, Gifting

Pre-registration is requested by April 9. Please call 641-484-2703 to register. Fee $10/person $15/couple

Any questions please call Cheryl 641-484-2703 registration

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