Michigan ag heritage license plate restrictions lifted

New legislation will expand the Michigan agricultural heritage license plate program and increase funding for ag education.

“It’s the one with the barn and the fields on the left side of the plate.”  Michigan Farm Bureau Legislative Counsel Andrew Vermeesch tells Brownfield Michigan has been issuing specialty plates since 2001 to fundraise for state supported charities.  “Currently that plate can only be purchased voluntarily by folks for passenger vehicles for their personal use.  This change would allow it to be used by company vehicles as well.”

He says the updated legislation would provide more opportunities for agribusinesses and universities to use the plates and increase funds for K-12 agriculture and natural resource education as well as the Michigan FFA organization.

Michigan agricultural heritage license plates currently generate more than $65,000 annually from an upfront cost $35 and an additional $10 per year when renewed.

AUDIO: Interview with Andrew Vermeesch

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