4-H has an opportunity to raise funds for Muhlenberg County and statewide 4-H programs through the Kentucky Ag Tag Donation program.

Since 2012, Kentucky farmers have had the option to make a $10 voluntary donation when they purchase or renew their license plate. Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles, will again equally divide the amount raised among 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud. As an individual that makes the voluntary donation for your farm vehicle, you help 4-H and FFA grow strong leaders for tomorrow, advance agricultural education in Kentucky and promote Kentucky farm products.

Farmers can make the donation of $10 when renewing their farm license plates at the county clerk’s office in March. With more than 184,000 farm plates bought or renewed each year in Kentucky, the commissioner’s action can generate significant funds to support these three outstanding programs.

“Kentucky 4-H has again been given a tremendous opportunity by Commissioner Quarles to raise significant funds to support 4-H,” said Melissa G. Miller, Interim Executive Director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. “The donations made to the Ag Tag Donation program will help 4-H give young people around the Commonwealth opportunities that develop leadership, citizenship and life skills in a learn-by-doing atmosphere.”

More than 255,000 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 the Ag Tag Donation program. The Kentucky FFA has more than 14,000 members in 140 chapters throughout the state.

Last year Kentucky 4-H and FFA each received $180,119.05, from the Ag Tag donations. These funds are split between the county where the funds originated and the Kentucky 4-H Foundation and Kentucky FFA Foundation for state level programs.

That means half of the Ag Tag donation stays in Muhlenberg County, funding programs and activities that teach children and teens about leadership, citizenship, science and technology, communications, public speaking, agriculture and more.

Muhlenberg County’s 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs each received $2,300 in 2015 that benefited numerous programs. Muhlenberg County was ranked seven out of 120 in total donations for 2015. This year Muhlenberg County has a great opportunity to increase financial support for our local 4-H, FFA and Kentucky Proud programs by encouraging farmers to make the donation.

Making the $10 donation on each farm license plate at renewal 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 Muhlenberg County 4-H and FFA, visit their Facebook pages – Muhlenberg County FFA and Muhlenberg County 4-H.