GAINESVILLE — Vouchers for a new specialty license plate bearing the iconic 4-H clover will be available for purchase at all county tax collector offices and license plate agencies in Florida starting Oct. 16.
The license plate will go into production once 3,000 pre-sale vouchers are sold. Florida 4-H has two years to reach this pre-sale goal. The voucher, which includes the $25 specialty plate fee plus processing fees, is $33 total.
One-hundred percent of the $25 specialty license plate fee will go directly toward statewide leadership programs like 4-H University and 4-H Legislature, the Florida 4-H camping program and 4-H youth competitive teams, said Michael Gutter, associate dean of UF/IFAS Extension and 4-H state program leader. Florida 4-H serves approximately 200,000 youth annually.
“Here is a chance to show off your 4-H pride while also supporting today’s and tomorrow’s youth,” he said. “We are calling on all 4-H members, supporters and alumni to help us reach our goal of 3,000 vouchers sold so we can see the 4-H plate on vehicles across Florida.”
This announcement comes during National 4-H Week. The theme for this year’s week, “Opportunity 4 All,” is aimed at helping more underrepresented youth experience the benefits of the 4-H program.
“The 4-H specialty plate will help make these benefits more accessible,” Gutter said.
4-H is the youth development program of the land-grant university system and Cooperative Extension System. The program provides hands-on educational programs and experiences for youth ages 5 to 18 with the objective of developing youth as individuals, and as responsible and productive citizens. In Florida, 4-H is administered by University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Florida A&M University. Learn more at florida4h.org.