ALBANY, N.Y. — During the recent Agricultural Literacy Week the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets reminded New Yorkers that they can support agricultural learning by purchasing an Agriculture in the Classroom custom license plate from DMV.
A portion of the fees supports the New York Agriculture in the Classroom Fund.
“Agriculture is vital to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, and it is an essential component of our state’s economy,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “We at DMV recognize the importance of our agricultural sector and are proud to offer a license plate that supports agriculture education in our schools.”
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “Agricultural education highlights the diverse career options available within the industry, from animal and vet science, to food science, conservation, biotechnology, agribusiness, and so much more. We’re excited that this Agriculture in the Classroom license plate will help to support continued learning, inspiring students to choose ag and ensuring the future of agriculture in New York State.”
The initial charge for the Agriculture in the Classroom plate is $53.75, and thereafter an annual renewal fee of $25 will be charged, in addition to the regular renewal fee. The $25 annual fee supports the NY Agriculture in the Classroom Fund. Established in 1985, New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is a partnership of Cornell University, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the NYS Education Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the New York Farm Bureau.
NYAITC works with educators, farmers, producers, volunteers, parents, and community partners to increase agricultural literacy in New York State. In addition to Agricultural Literacy Week, the program supports a number of agricultural education programs throughout the year, including Kids Growing Food, an art and writing contest, and educator workshops.
The Agriculture in the Classroom plate also can be personalized for an additional fee. Motorists are billed for the plate every two years when they renew their registrations.
To qualify to purchase the Agriculture in the Classroom plate, a motorist must have:
• a valid New York State registration that does not expire within 60 days;
• an up-to-date name and address on file with DMV;
• a credit or debit card that DMV accepts; and
• a valid email address for confirmation purposes.
The quickest and easiest way to order custom plates is online at dmv.ny.gov. Customers can also order them by mail, at their local DMV office, or by calling the DMV Custom Plate Unit at (518) 402-4838.
In addition to the Agriculture in the Classroom plates, DMV offers nearly 200 different designs for custom plates representing other causes, professional sports, military and veterans, regions of New York, and more. For more information and to browse a gallery of available custom plates, visit the DMV website.
For more information about the NYAITC, Agricultural Literacy Week, and other NYAITC programs, visit https://newyork.agclassroom.org/.
For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Markets, visit https://agriculture.ny.gov/ or follow the department on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram.
For more information about the DMV, visit dmv.ny.gov or follow the department on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram.