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California Department of Food and Agriculture
Release #10-019
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Registration fees to help secondary students in California Ag education programs

SACRAMENTO, April 19, 2010 — At the annual meeting of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) yesterday in Fresno, CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura introduced an exciting new project – a specialized license plate reading, “California Agriculture.”

Registration fees from the program will be used to assist secondary students in agricultural education programs in California through career awareness activities, training, and leadership development.

“This is a great idea and long overdue. I urge all Californians to consider this license plate,” said Secretary Kawamura. “What better way to show support for agriculture? Our young people benefit from an investment in their future, and that helps all of us as we strive for continued food security in the decades ahead.”

The California Agriculture license plate will cost an additional amount beyond normal registration fees. To order a sequentially numbered set of plates (a random selection by the DMV) will initially cost $50 and then another $40 a year to renew. For personalized plates, the additional initial cost is $98, with a $70 annual renewal fee. The plates can be put on autos, trailers, or commercial vehicles.

A minimum of 7,500 registrants are required before the DMV will produce the specialized plates. More information is available at 

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