California FFA Needs Your Help
y: Matt Patton, CATA Executive Director
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.