I Love NY Ag Plate Supports Ag Ed

5/11/2013 7:00 AM

An “I Love New York Agriculture” license plate, also known as the “Agriculture in the Classroom” plate, is available for both passenger and commercial vehicles in New York and can be ordered in person at any Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, by telephone at 518-402-4838 or online at dmv.ny.gov/cplates.htm. The initial fee is $53.75 and the annual fee of $25 is in addition to the standard registration renewal fee. This $25 annual fee supports the New York State Agriculture in the Classroom program.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Cornell University, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and New York Farm Bureau. The program works with pre-K through middle school teachers, Cornell Cooperative Extension and other community educators, farmers and producers, volunteers, parents, and community partners to increase agricultural literacy in New York State.

NYAITC supports a number of agricultural education programs throughout the year, including: Agricultural Literacy Week, Kids Growing Food, an Art and Writing Contest, and Educator Workshops. To find out how you can get involved in Agriculture in the Classroom, call (607) 255-9253 or email NYAITC@cornell.edu.

Katie Bigness, Coordinator of New York Agriculture in the Classroom said, “New York Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to be able to use the funds generated by the Agriculture in the Classroom license plate to promote, celebrate, and educate students across New York about agriculture. As our students are becoming further removed from the farm and agricultural production, our program is growing in necessity. The funds generated from the license plate allow us to train more teachers how to integrate agriculture into their curriculum, and allows hundreds of students the chance to participate in food production themselves through in-school activities and school gardens.”

To find out more about the NYAITC program, please visit http://www.agclassroom.org/ny/index.htm.

To order an “I Love NY Agriculture” plate or to see the variety of custom plates offered by the DMV, go to http://dmv.ny.gov/cplates.htm.

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