Supports youth development and promotional programs
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2017) — Kentucky farmers in 2016 donated $552,712 to the Ag Tag fund— $184,237 each to the Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)—a 2.3 percent increase over 2015. Funds, which go to youth development and promotional programs, are created from renewal of license plates for farm vehicles.
Kentucky FFA has 15,025 members in 153 chapters. It provides more than $20,000 in grants to agriculture programs to make a capital investment in their curriculum or facilities. It provides $1,000 to each of the 12 FFA regions to recognize students at regional FFA banquets. It also supports statewide initiatives such as the Kentucky FFA website, state officer leadership development, and support for teacher educators at the university level.
Kentucky 4-H has 279,451 members in hundreds of clubs across the commonwealth. It uses its portion of its Ag Tag funds to support statewide programs such as engineering events, the Issues Conference, the Performing Arts Troupe, the 4-H Summit, and state officer scholarships.
Half of the 4-H and FFA funds go back to the county where the tag is purchased. County 4-H councils use the funds for local programming, paying for leadership and citizenship opportunities, funding 4-H camp scholarships, and other uses. FFA chapters receive Ag Tag support in the form of Ag Achiever grants, which cover capital improvements in agricultural education facilities and curriculum.