The Richmond Register

February 11, 2014

Renewing Farm Tags Benefits 4-H

Extension Agent

RICHMOND — 4-H has an opportunity to raise funds for Madison County and statewide 4-H programs through the Ag Tag Voluntary Donation Program.

Soon after taking office in 2012, Commissioner of Agriculture James R. Comer announced all farm license plate voluntary donations would be split evenly among 4-H, FFA and the Kentucky Proud program.

Farmers can make the voluntary donation of $10 when renewing their farm license plates at the county clerk’s office. With more than 160,000 farm plates bought or renewed each year in Kentucky, the commissioner’s action could generate up to $1.6 million annually.

“Kentucky 4-H has been given a tremendous opportunity by Commissioner Comer to raise significant funds to support 4-H,” said Keith Rogers, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation.  “The voluntary donations from the Ag Tag Program will help 4-H give young people around the Commonwealth opportunities that develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills.” 

Over 238,000 youth are involved in Kentucky’s 4-H program. Kentucky ranks in top 10 in several 4-H enrollment categories nationwide. All 120 counties in Kentucky have 4-H programs, and all counties will receive a portion of the support from this fund raising opportunity.

Last year the 4-H statewide shared total was $160,895.06. The Kentucky 4-H Foundation splits the donations between the county where the funds originated and the 4-H Foundation.

That means part of the Ag Tag donations stay in Madison County funding programs and activities that teach children and teens about, leadership, citizenship, science and technology, communications, public speaking, agriculture, and more.

Madison County 4-H’s share of this program benefited our communications programs and funded the Madison County 4-h Communications Contest.   This year Madison County has a great opportunity to increase financial support for our local 4-H Councils, clubs and programs by encouraging farmers to make the donation.

Making the voluntary $10 donation is an excellent opportunity for our agricultural community to support the youth of our community and help fund the programs that can make a lasting difference in their lives.

For more information about Madison County 4-H Programs contact the Extension Office at 859-623-4072.

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