FARMERS URGED TO RESERVE AG TAGS
Alabama drivers can begin reserving the Alabama agriculture license tag June 1 at county license plate issuing offices throughout the state.
State law requires that drivers complete Commitment to Purchase applications for 1,000 tags before the new license plate can be printed.
Freddie Patterson, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Governmental Affairs Department, encouraged Federation members to reserve their agriculture tag early.
"County tag offices will begin accepting applications for the ag tag on June 1," Patterson said. "If 1,000 tags aren't sold by May 31, 2002, the Department of Revenue will refuse to consider any future production of an agriculture tag."
Drivers are required to pay $50 for the tag when they complete the application. They will continue to use their current license plates until the new tags are printed.
Patterson said he expects the agriculture tags to be popular with farmers and non-farmers alike.
"I think drivers will buy this tag because it looks good on their cars and trucks," Patterson said. "The real benefit, however, is that the tags promote agriculture and support a good cause."
According to Patterson, proceeds from the tag will be used to fund Alabama Ag in the Classroom activities and other agricultural education and promotion programs.
The tag was designed by Rick Norris of Creative Consultants, Inc., the Federation's in-house advertising agency. It features the "Farming Feeds Alabama" slogan.
Drivers who pre-purchase their agriculture tag will be required to present a copy of the Commitment to Purchase form along with a receipt showing their payment of the $50 fee when they pick up their tags.
The $50 fee is tax deductible, but auto owners still will be required to pay normal taxes on their vehicles.