DEANA K. REED
In 2020, Meade County raised $4,520.00 through the Ag Tag Voluntary Donation program. That’s money that goes directly to Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and Kentucky Proud to support our agriculture community (and its future) here locally and across the Commonwealth. Twenty-four percent (a total of 1,914 tags) of eligible Meade County Ag Tags generously donated the $10 to benefit local youth programs. Both Meade County 4-H and FFA programs received $754.00 from these donations in 2020.
Agriculture is vital to the livelihood of every Kentuckian and it is through programs like Kentucky 4-H and Kentucky FFA that we continue to instill these values in youth. Each simple $10 donation made when renewing an Ag Tag culminates to have a major impact on the youth of Meade County.
Kentucky 4-H is one of the most important and influential youth programs in our state and our county. Across Kentucky over 290,000 youth ages 9 to 19 learn about leadership, citizenship and life skills in “learn-by-doing” experiences such as communications and public speaking, through agriculture projects like livestock judging, science projects with robotics, 4-H camp, Teen Conference, and many other 4-H programs and activities.
Here in Meade County, 1,694 youth participated in 4-H in 2019-2020. Programs and activities such as teen leadership opportunities, animal science clubs, visual art clubs, cooking & sewing clubs, day camps, overnight summer camp and individual, at-home project work kept youth engaged in 4-H even during the pandemic.
As we look to March for 2021 Ag Tag renewals, we ask that you remember to make your voluntary donations on each farm license plate you renew. If every Meade Countian renewing an Ag Tag were to make the voluntary $10 donation, even more funds could be raised to benefit local youth and their programs! Think of the impact that could have on your community and its future leaders!
Please help us in growing leaders, strengthening the agriculture community and funding opportunities for Meade County youth this March through Ag Tag voluntary donations!
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