Tarkio FFA Chapter has been chosen to receive a $25,000 America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grant, which will be used to enhance the Tarkio High School agriculture, math and science departments! The FFA members will be building a Livestock Learning Lab on the Tarkio R-I School District campus. This will allow the students to learn about livestock care, along with reproduction, digestion, nutrition, genetics, and livestock facilities. The school has three acres on the far south side of the campus (behind the bus barn) that the chapter has looked at using. Ag teacher Dustin Lambertsen said, “What we have drawn up is a 30 x 40 building that is going to have livestock pens coming out, along with about a three acre pasture.”
This spring, local farmers nominated the Tarkio FFA for this grant. The FFA Chapter then focused on an area that would not only benefit chapter members, but all students at Tarkio R-I School District. Once all of the school district applications are submitted, a panel of math and science teachers from ineligible counties reviews each application and selects finalists. An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then reviews each of the finalist applications and selects the winning school districts. Grant applications were judged based on the merit of the application, need and community support. Winners were announced in early August.
A check presentation, which the public is invited to attend, will be held September 20 between the volleyball games at Tarkio. Games begin at 5:30 p.m.