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Virginia FFA on the cusp of getting own specialty license plate


Vehicle license plates are a great way to show support for the causes and organizations that mean the most to you. While some states have a relatively limited number of specialty plates, other states have a huge range of choices. Virginia offers more than 250 unique plates, representing colleges and universities, branches of the military, localities, and special interest organizations such as conservationists, professional organizations, and hobbyists. Soon, the hope is that they’ll have a Virginia FFA license plate, too!

In a Facebook post, the Virginia FFA Foundation said that it should have a sample license plate to approve and a production schedule within the next 30 days. The design includes the FFA logo, website address, and the words, “We are the birthplace of the FFA,” on it.

In the late 1920s, Weyers Cave, Virginia, was the site of the Future Farmers of Virginia, which would eventually become the Future Farmers of America, aka the FFA.

Last year, Gov. Ralph Northam approved the creation of the  revenue-sharing specialty plate, which means some of the money from the $25 annual fee for the plates will go to the Virginia FFA, while the rest goes to state government. According to the Virginia FFA Foundation, the revenue sharing begins after the first 1,000 plates are on the road, and at that point, a minimum of $15,000 will go to support educational efforts for the nearly 9,000 student members in 197 FFA chapters across Virginia.

Other states — including Washington, Florida, Kentucky, South Dakota and Ohio — currently also have or have had in the past FFA-related specialty plates available to motorists.

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