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Farm plate donations benefit local youth

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Spencer County 4-H has an opportunity to raise funds for Spencer County and statewide 4-H programs through the farm license plate voluntary donation program.

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Beginning in February 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.
In March, farmers can make a 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 Kentucky farm license plate renewals will help Kentucky 4-H give young people around the Commonwealth opportunities that develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills.”  
Over 229,000 youth are involved in Kentucky’s 4-H program. Kentucky ranks in the 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 $121,708.64. 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 farm plate donations stay in Spencer County funding programs and activities that teach children and teens about leadership, citizenship, science and technology, communications, public speaking, agriculture and more.
In 2012, more than two-thirds of Kentuckians who bought or renewed farm plates opted out of making a donation. Some of the lowest rates of participation were in agriculture-dependent rural counties.
Spencer County 4-H’s share for 2012 was $358.33 and benefited programs such as scholarships for camp and other 4-H events, project days, awards, and much more.
Making the voluntary $10 donation is an excellent opportunity for the agricultural community to support the youth of the community and help fund the programs that can make a lasting difference in their lives.
For more information about Spencer County 4-H, visit our Facebook page at Spencer County Extension Office, or visit our website www.spencerextension.com.