Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer was in Logan County on Wednesday, encouraging farmers to take part in the voluntary $10 donation when they renew their farm license plates.
Comer spoke to the Logan County High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) on Wednesday afternoon while making his plea. The stop was part of a 36-county tour of what Comer calls “big ag counties” in Kentucky.
The donation will be split evenly among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and Kentucky Proud. Commissioner Comer is traveling to county clerks’ offices throughout the state to promote the voluntary donation.
“FFA and 4-H helped make me the person I am today,” said Commissioner Comer, a former state president of Kentucky FFA. “They taught me valuable life lessons while enabling me to make friends from all over the Commonwealth. The voluntary $10 donations will help 4-H and FFA continue their good work for Kentucky’s youth. They also will help the Kentucky Department of Agriculture maintain the Kentucky Proud farm marketing program.”
Last year, each of the three programs received $135,00 apiece.
“That was good and better than the year before,” Comer said. “But I think it will be much larger this year.”
Comer said that he is encouraging the various county clerks to make sure and have their employees ask farmers to make the $10 donation when they come in to renew their farm license plates.
“I hope that they get a little competition going,” Comer said.
Comer said that this year, all the money donated in each county will come back to that county.
So all the money donated by Logan County farmers with the $10 gift will come back directly to the Logan County FFA and 4H programs.
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 age 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.
Kentucky Proud is the official state program for food and farm products that are grown, raised, made, or processed in Kentucky. Some 4,000 farmers, processors, retailers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, school systems, Kentucky state parks, and Kentucky Farm Bureau roadside markets are members of Kentucky Proud.