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Butler County 4-H Receives Funding

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer announced in February that for the first time, the proceeds from the farm licenses plate – voluntary donations would be divided equally among 4-H, FFA, and Kentucky Proud. Farmers can make the $10.00 donation when they renewed their license plates.

The 4-H share for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 was $121,708.64 and benefits all levels of Kentucky 4-H.  The Kentucky 4-H Foundation splits the donations equally between the county from which the funds originated and the Foundation. Half of the donations used by the Foundation will support state level programs. The other half will support county programs where the donation originated, making this a great opportunity for local 4-H Councils, Clubs, and members to increase financial support for their program. Butler County will use its funds on the Issues program for high school students and the Summit program which is geared for middle school students.

The voluntary donations from the Kentucky farm license plate renewals will help Kentucky 4-H give young people around the Commonwealth opportunities that develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Over 228,000 youth are involved in Kentucky 4-H programs. Kentucky ranks in top 10 in several 4-H enrollment categories nationwide.

“The Kentucky 4-H Foundation is working with Commissioner Comer and the Kentucky FFA Foundation to raise awareness about the farm license plate voluntary donation program,” said Keith Rogers, Executive Director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation. “This is an excellent opportunity for our agricultural community to support the youth of Kentucky and Kentucky Proud program. We encourage those with farm tags to make the $10.00 donation next March when they renew their farm license plates.”

4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing revolution for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles, and pushing our country forward to making a measurable difference right where they live. Please visit the 4-H Foundation’s new website at www.kentucky4Hfundation.org.

            For more information, contact the Butler County Extension Office 113 East G.L. Smith Street, Morgantown or call 526-3767 or 526-3703.  Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, disability, or national origin.

(source: Keith Rogers, Executive Director, 270-735-6130)

Story By: Lloyd Saylor, Butler County Extension Office 

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