Dawsyn Smith was elected the 2018-2019 Arkansas Future Farmers of America President at the State Convention held in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Arkansas FFA State Officers lead the membership of the state association and are elected by state FFA convention delegates. Local FFA Chapters are chartered through the state associations.
            The Arkansas FFA Association was chartered in 1928, the same year as the National FFA Organization. Arkansas FFA functions within the constitution of the National FFA Organization, but has also created individual leadership structures, awards, programs and competitions.
            According to the website, Arkansas FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education

Arkansas FFA and National FFA provide many opportunities for members to participate in camps, conventions, conferences and other activities that promote premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

            The Newport High School FFA and Agriculture Department are extremely involved both locally and on the state level. The NHS members excel in competitions state-wide. The local farming community takes an active role in the school’s agriculture department to educate the future leaders of the county agricultural base. Career opportunities abound within today’s agriculture industry and FFA offers means to educate students in order to qualify for those opportunities. Arkansas FFA members have are able to participate in 19 competitions, ranging from floriculture to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.

            The 9th Annual Newport FFA Awards Banquet is on Monday, May 7th at 6:30 pm at the Newport High School Cafeteria. Members eat free and non-members can buy a ticket at the door for $ 10. The event will be catered by John 3:16. Bring your best dessert for the dessert contest.