Kentucky Agricultural News

 

When you renew your farm vehicle license plate,
donate $10 for the future of Kentucky agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

I hope you will consider adding a voluntary $10 donation when you renew your farm vehicle license tags this month.

Your donation will be divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and Kentucky Proud. I strongly believe that these programs are critical to the future of Kentucky agriculture.

Kentucky FFA has about 15,000 members in nearly 140 chapters. 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. It is open to any student ages 12-21 who is enrolled in an agriculture course in a public school.

Some 205,000 youths are involved in Kentucky 4-H programs, and Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in several 4-H enrollment categories nationwide. 4-H is found in every Kentucky county and is a community of more than 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Commissioner
James R. Comer

Kentucky Proud is the official state program for food and farm products that are grown, raised, made or processed in Kentucky. About 3,000 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, school systems, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud.

In the past, there has been some question as to where the money from the voluntary donation was going. Shortly after I took office, I spoke with Billy Ray Smith of the Kentucky FFA Foundation and Keith Rogers of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, and we arrived at a solution: split the funding equally among the three programs. I am grateful to these respected agriculture leaders for working with me to solve this problem.

After we announced in February how the money would be divided, I began visiting county clerks’ offices throughout the Commonwealth to encourage Kentucky farmers to donate. As you read this, I may be on my way to another courthouse to meet with the county clerk and local 4-H and FFA officers to promote the donation. I may visit your town before the month is over.

Many of you were involved in 4-H and FFA in your youth. Some of you are members of Kentucky Proud, which has been tremendously successful in helping Kentucky producers and businesses find new markets for their products. You know what these programs mean to Kentucky agriculture. I probably don’t have to tell you that money is tight, so your voluntary donation will make a big difference to the operations of these vital programs.

Only about one in five Kentucky farmers made the voluntary donation last year. I know we can do better, and I can tell you that these programs are worthy of your support. Please join me in donating $10 toward a bright future for Kentucky agriculture.