Ag Tag program nets more than $600,000

Published 1:00 pm Monday, August 22, 2022

Kentucky farmers donated $606,223.11 to the Ag Tag program for 2022, bringing the total of donations to more than $4.3 million since 2016, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles.

The voluntary donations are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This year, each group will receive $202,074.37. Since 2016, Kentucky FFA and Kentucky 4-H have received, collectively, more than $2.9 million from donations made by ag producers renewing their vehicles each year.

“I want to thank everyone who donated to the voluntary ‘Ag Tag’ program this year. 2022 has been a tough year, but despite that, our agricultural community still saw the benefit of donating to the ‘Ag Tag’ fund,” Quarles said. “Through the years, the Ag Tag Program has succeeded in providing much-needed funding for promoting agriculture and educating Kentucky’s youth on the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Your generosity will help ensure Kentucky agriculture has a bright future.”

The Department of Agriculture uses its share of the Ag Tag funds for various programs such as the Ag Athlete of the Year awards, the Kentucky Leopold Conservation Award, Kentucky Women in Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence.

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“We give half of the funds given in each county back to the local chapters in that county, so this means a greater impact in each community,” said Sheldon McKinney, executive Director of the FFA Foundation. “We also use Ag Tag donations to fund Ag Achievers grants, which offer much needed technology upgrades to agriculture classrooms across Kentucky, provide travel scholarships to our students competing at National FFA Convention, and provide a great experience for our students at the Kentucky State Fair.”

Melissa Miller, Executive Director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation noted, “Farmer-supported Ag Tag dollars are instrumental in supporting 4-H programs in all 120 counties. Giving allows local 4-H programs to grow youth as leaders, build their communication skills, and develop them into active, engaged members of their community. Thank you to everyone who chose to make the $10 donation and support Kentucky’s youth.”

Kentucky drivers who buy or renew farm vehicle license plates, or “ag tags,” may make a voluntary donation of up to $10 to the Ag Tag Fund.