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Santa Fe, NM - Rep. Kelly Fajardo's bill to support agricultural education in New Mexico's schools unanimously passed the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee this morning.

House Bill 186 would create a special FFA license plate. Auto-owners could purchase these plates for an additional $35 above the standard registration fee, with $25 of the additional fee going to the New Mexico State University to support agricultural education and transportation expenses incurred by schools with active FFA chapters.

"FFA helps prepare students for careers in agriculture. I've been impressed by the initiative demonstrated by the kids involved in this program, and I am proud to sponsor this bill to support their efforts," said Fajardo.

Joshua Gonzales, Vice President of the Valencia County FFA chapter, and other students active in the chapter traveled to Santa Fe to testify in behalf of the bill.

"It's been a dream of mine to create an FFA license plate in New Mexico," said Gonzales. "I am so excited to endeavor this far with the help of Rep. Fajardo. Thank you on behalf of myself, New Mexico FFA, and the students in agricultural education in New Mexico."

House Bill 186 has also been referred to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Fajardo hopes to present the bill on the House floor on February 22, FFA Day in New Mexico.