On Wednesday, July 13, representatives from Riceland Foods took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Arkansas Future Farmers of America (FFA) leaders and educators to dedicate the newly-completed renovation of the Fletcher Leadership Center at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs. It will serve as a center for the future of agriculture education, as well as a hub for FFA members and advisors.
Riceland Foods donated $100,000 to the FFA to be used for the Fletcher Leadership Center in celebration of Riceland’s 100th anniversary last year. In honor of this donation, a classroom in the Leadership Center is to be named after Riceland. Riceland stated that they are proud to support the Arkansas FFA and hope all who visit Camp Couchdale enjoy it for many years to come.
Constructed in the late 1920’s Camp Couchdale has been the home to the Arkansas FFA for almost a century. Each year, Camp hosts various leadership conferences for FFA members across the state. Though Camp Couchdale is owned and operated by Arkansas FFA Foundation, Camp Couchdale is open to all organizations.
Featured photo courtesy of Riceland Foods. Pictured, from L to R: Jennifer Cook, executive director of Arkansas FFA Foundation; Josie Kelly, past Arkansas FFA state president; and Kevin McGilton, Riceland VP of Government Affairs.