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On October 1st the Agricultural Specialty License Plates were issued and the first plates started appearing on Maine vehicles. Proceeds from this plate will be used to fund agricultural education in our great state.
A celebration was held in Augusta at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Anthony Avenue. The first lady, Karen Baldacci addressed the group and was enthusiastic about welcoming the new plate. She planned to drive to Bangor to pick up her own plate later in the week. Also joining us was the Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap and Seth Bradstreet III, Commissioner of Agriculture. Several plates were attached that day amid a group of happy onlookers. Representatives from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Maine Farm Bureau, Maine State Grange, Maine Association of Conservation Districts, Cooperative Extension and MAITCA joined Representative Wendy Pieh, and Rep. Bill Browne, sponsors of the legislation, in picking up their new plate that first day.
Maine Agriculture wants to thank all that supported the project. Without the devoted time and energy of the many volunteer advocates for agriculture, this would not have been possible. Some of you have pre-purchased plates. You should have received a voucher in the mail. If your voucher has not arrived please contact the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Assn. (MAITCA) at email@example.com or 207-287-5522. Do not call the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. They no longer have vouchers there to distribute.
Some of you have signed up for a plate on the “Buy Now, Pay Later” plan. We have your vouchers at the MAITCA office. Please send your payment of $20 per set of plates to MAITCA, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 we will get yours right in the mail to you.
Others have not yet signed up for your plate. Please consider showing your support of local agriculture by putting one on your car, farm truck or commercial vehicle. And, consider purchasing your plate though MAITCA. We have several hundred vouchers available, and if we can sell them through our office, we can add an extra $10 per voucher to the Agricultural Education Fund. Every $$ counts!
Ag Education is for the future…
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