Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, far right, visited the office of Grayson County Clerk Charlotte Willis, back row, on Wednesday to promote the 2019 Ag Tag Campaign, alongside students in the Grayson County FFA and 4-H chapters. Those students, pictured from left displaying Kentucky farm vehicle license plates or "ag tags," are FFA Sentinel Nathan Keys, FFA President Lucas Stinson, FFA Reporter Temple Strader, and Grayson County 4-H members Anna Rutter, Spike Johnston, Jadah Clemons, and Celia Johnston.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, far right, visited the office of Grayson County Clerk Charlotte Willis, back row, on Wednesday to promote the 2019 Ag Tag Campaign, alongside students in the Grayson County FFA and 4-H chapters. Those students, pictured from left displaying Kentucky farm vehicle license plates or "ag tags," are FFA Sentinel Nathan Keys, FFA President Lucas Stinson, FFA Reporter Temple Strader, and Grayson County 4-H members Anna Rutter, Spike Johnston, Jadah Clemons, and Celia Johnston.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles visited Grayson County Clerk Charlotte Willis's office Wednesday to promote the state's 2019 "Ag Tag" campaign.

The campaign encourages Kentucky motorists who buy or renew farm vehicle license plates - otherwise known as "ag tags" - from their local county clerk's office to make a voluntary donation of up to $10 to the state's Ag Tag fund. Donations to this program are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for youth development and promotional programs.

According to Quarles, half of the 4-H and FFA funds go back to programs in the counties in which the license plates are purchased, and, for the past three years, the Ag Tag fund has raised more than $600,000 during each campaign.

"Supporting the Ag Tag program means supporting those 4-H and FFA programs that will build skills and leadership principles for our next generation in agriculture and natural resources," said Whitney Carman, Grayson County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources. "The Ag Tag program funds many of the state-wide and local programs that our youth in the community are actively involved in. As an alumni of (the) FFA organization and 4-H program, I have seen first-hand the benefits of this program and encourage our community to support this program for our future!"

Kindra Jones, Grayson County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, said the local club uses Ag Tag donations to support a scholarship for graduating seniors who were members of 4-H, as well as event scholarships, which encompass many of the club's state events and some national events. The funds also support the annual Grayson County 4-H camp.

As for Grayson County FFA, club sponsor Brian Newton said Ag Tag funding is used for transportation expenses to and from official FFA events, such as regional and state competitions, as well as for awards to provide student recognition of accomplishments. They are also used to purchase items specific to FFA in preparation for co-curricular, content based career development events.

For more information about the Kentucky Ag Tag program, visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's website, kyproud.com. For more information about the Grayson County 4-H program, visit grayson.ca.uky.edu/content/4-h-youth-development. And keep up with Grayson County FFA's activities via its Facebook page at facebook.com/graysoncountyffa2019/.