Ag Tag donations continue to support FFA, 4-H youth
Because of the money generated from $10 donations made by motorists when they buy or renew their Kentucky farm license plates at the Woodford County Clerk’s Office, youth in the local FFA and 4-H programs are able to have a variety of worthwhile experiences.
A 4-H team represented Woodford County at last year’s national skillathon competition thanks to donations to Kentucky’s Ag Tag program, Woodford County 4-H agent Ryan Farley said.
Farley and Emma Cress, president of Woodford County High School’s FFA chapter, came down to the Woodford County Courthouse last Thursday morning with a box of donuts from Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts so they could express their appreciation to County Clerk Sandy Jones and her staff, who issue license plates to motorists.
Two-thirds of the dollars donated to Kentucky’s Ag Tag program provide financial support to FFA and 4-H, which Farley said supports future generations, so they can explore opportunities in agriculture.
Emma said she has gained a lot of self-confidence because of her participation at FFA speaking competitions as well as her involvement in the organization’s state convention.
“Without (these experiences),” she explained, “I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. So FFA has really shaped me.” The 17-year-old
WCHS senior said she plans to continue her education at UK’s College of Agriculture and vet school so she can pursue a career as a small animal veterinarian.
“Without FFA,” said Emma, “I would not be here. I would not be doing the things that I’m doing right now. I’ve been able to become this person because of the Ag Tag program” and Woodford County motorists who donated $10 so she and other students in FFA and 4-H could learn about agriculture and gain confidence in themselves.
So whether someone’s grown up on a farm or not, Farley described Woodford County’s 4-H program as a way to expose youth to many experiences early in life “because you never know where your passion’s going to be unless you try different things.”
Woodford County’s 4-H and FFA programs each receive about $1,200 annually from Kentucky’s Ag Tag program, according to Farley.
One-third of dollars generated from Ag Tag donations bolster statewide efforts to support agriculture such as Kentucky Proud, which Farley said demonstrates “the commitment of this county to agriculture.”