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February 12, 2015


THIS METAL SIGN - Was made in the THS ag
department by the new plasma cutter. The machine
is capable of creating a variety of designs.

Tarkio FFA Chapter
TARKIO HIGH SCHOOL FFA CHAPTER - Members include, from left to right: front row - Ethan Riley,
Gentri Staten, Dylan Crawford, Karlly Eyman, and Sponsor Dustin Lambertsen; middle row - Haley Hall,
Alissa Hurst, Lea Peregrine, Tawni Martin, Melissa Lang, Bella Hurst, and Lauren Quimby; and back row
- Dayton Murry, Colin Joesting, Kris Riley, Dawson Joesting, and Shae DeRosier.

The Tarkio High School FFA students are creating
beautiful metal signs thanks to the new plasma cutter housed
in the ag building. This precision metal-cutting machine
was purchased last year when the group received a grant to
pay for 60% of the device from the Missouri Department of
The sign making has turned into a great fundraiser, as
the students have now made signs for people all over the
Midwest. For more information, call Dustin Lambertsen at

First year for
Tarkio High School
test plots a success
AG STUDENTS - At Tarkio High School recently
completed a landscaping project around their
greenhouse thanks to funds provided by an
FCS Financial Shaping Rural Missouri Grant.
(Submitted Photo)

Ag education landscaping project
The Tarkio High School
ag education classes recently
completed a landscaping
project around the greenhouse,
located west of the ag
building. Students in the
Greenhouse, Ag Structures,
and Ag Construction classes
completed the projects.
The students laid new
drainage pipe inside and
outside of the greenhouse
to help with the removal
of excess water. They then
removed the old landscaping

timbers and designed and
laid new landscaping block
around the greenhouse with
fresh gravel to give a more
welcoming appearance to the
The students would not
have been able to complete
this project without the help
of the FCS Financial Shaping
Rural Missouri Grant. The
Tarkio Ag program was one
of 50 recipients to receive this
$500 award.

Over the past six months, the Tarkio FFA Chapter
and Tarkio High School agriculture education classes
have been able to learn about growing two important
crops of northwest Missouri, corn and soybeans. On May
6, 2014, the students, with the help of AgriVision John
Deere in Hamburg, Ag Partners of Tarkio, Grebe Pioneer
Seed Dealer, CPS, Tarkio Coop, Jeff Riley, Morning Sun
Seed, and many others, were able to plant the test plots.
Throughout the growing season, the students were able to
study the growth cycle along with factors which may help
or hurt the plant health.
On October 21, the students, with the help of AgriVision
John Deere, Todd Morgan, Steve Joesting, and Dean Hicks,
were able to harvest the crops. The students were able to
learn about how a combine works and were able to take part
in changing the combine set-up when switching from corn
to beans. The students were able to see how factors such as
weed pressure, seed population, and too much water affect
how the plants grow and the crop they produce.
The students would like to thank everyone who helped
make the test plots possible and successful this past year!
Right: GENTRI STATEN - Is pictured with the bird’s
eye view from the cockpit of the combine while
harvesting the Tarkio ag test plots. (Submitted Photo)


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Tarkio FFA Advisor and ag teacher Dustin
Lambertsen, right, talk to the ag students before
harvesting the test plot near the high school.
(Submitted Photo)


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