New license plates promote ag, help fund programs

Agricultural enthusiasts take note - special interest license plates promoting the state's farms could begin appearing on vehicles by next year.

The plates feature "California" in script across the top and "AGRICULTURE" on the bottom, along with an image of green field rows and trees beset by vibrant sunshine to the left of the license plate number.

Orders are being taken for the specialized plates, which initially cost $50 for a sequentially numbered plate, then $40 per year to renew. Personalized plates run $98 initially and $78 per year to renew, according to the state Department of Food and Agriculture's website.

Money collected from sales benefits agricultural programs statewide, including youth leadership development, career awareness and training.

The DMV will begin issuing the plates once 7,500 have been ordered, the California Farm Bureau Federation reports.

A portion of the agriculture license plate cost and renewal fee is considered a charitable contribution and is tax deductible.

Click here to go to the ordering site or to download the form.