• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Ag Tag donations continue to support FFA, 4-H youth

EMMA CRESS, a senior at Woodford County High School, who serves as president of her school’s FFA chapter, and Woodford County 4-H agent Ryan Farley brought a box of donuts from Doughdaddy’s Doughnuts to the Woodford County Clerk’s Office last Thursday morning. They wanted to show their appreciation to County Clerk Sandy Jones, also pictured, and her staff. Ag Tag donations made by motorists when they buy or renew their Kentucky farm license plates at the clerk’s office support the local FFA and 4-H programs. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

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.”

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