The Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director Val Aarsvold addressed House File 221 in front of the Minnesota House Agriculture Food, Finance and Policy Committee Tuesday, requesting special license plates be established and money appropriated for the state 4-H and FFA organizations. Two local FFA members testified as well. “The question that has come up is why an agricultural license plate? The answer is quite simple,” explained Aarsvold. “It’s an opportunity to celebrate what’s right with agriculture and invest in our future. It’s a voluntary way to have Minnesotans show their support. In 2016, more than 665,000 people voluntarily paid an additional fee to support a cause they believe in. These young people are worth that involvement.” Committee Chairman Jeanne Poppe referred House File 221 back to the House Ways and Means Committee to be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation, Finance and Policy.
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