By: Matt Patton, CATA Executive Director
California FFA wants to buy a ‘CalAgPlate’ for your automobile!
Since its inception in 2014, the California Agricultural License Plate program has raised over two-million dollars for agricultural education. The program, sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), distributes ninety-cents of every dollar generated by the program in the form of grants to agricultural education organizations. Recipients of these grants have been organizations such as California Agriculture in the Classroom, California State Fair Farm Tours, Madera District Fair, Enrich LA and the California FFA. At inception, the program needed 7,500 plates to be sanctioned by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Many of those plates were put on the road by the efforts of students and teachers of the California FFA. Currently, the program is in danger of being cancelled unless an additional 3,100 plates are put on the road. California FFA and the agricultural community at large are being called to action to continue this program.
To meet this goal the California FFA will purchase a CalAgPlate for the first 3,500 vehicle owners who want to support agricultural education in California by placing a plate on their vehicle.
To apply, visit this link for the registration form. Once the form is complete, mail it to the California FFA at P.O. Box 186, Galt California, 95632. Questions? Call (209) 744-1600.
“I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds,” those words, as written by E.M. Tiffany, serve as the official FFA Creed and are taught to every freshman enrolled in an entry level agriculture course. Despite being eighty years old, the FFA Creed still holds true today as the agriculture community has proven once again their deeds will make our future brighter. We are being called on to support the future of agriculture through our deeds, please sign up for your CalAgPlate today!
Anyone interested in a plate simply needs to fill out the linked form and mail it to the California FFA Center. Once the form has been processed, your plates will show up in the mail.
For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit http://calagteachers.org/