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October 1, 2007
Contact: Don Cookson

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap joined by First Lady Karen Baldacci at Rollout of
Maine's New "Support Maine Agriculture" License Plate

New plate available for passenger, farm, and commercial vehicles

Augusta- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap was joined by Maine’s first Lady, Karen Baldacci, and State Representative Wendy Pieh today at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ Augusta branch office to celebrate the first day of availability for the new
“Support Maine Agriculture” license plate. “There’s been a lot of hard work by the supporters of this new plate to make it a reality,” said Dunlap, continuing “I am pleased to know this plate will help to increase awareness and recognition for the over 7,000 working farms across Maine.” Originally sponsored by Representative Pieh of Bremen, LD 986, An Act to Establish an Agriculture Education Registration Plate was signed into law by Governor John Baldacci on June 28th.

First Lady Karen Baldacci noted the tremendous importance of Maine’s Agriculture industry, pointing out Maine Farms provide citizens with the freshest, most nutritious foods available anywhere. “The best thing about this plate is knowing the funds it generates will benefit classroom education related to Maine Agriculture. It’s vitally important for upcoming generations to understand where their food comes from, and to know that our state leads the way in so many aspects of the farming industry.”

The plate’s design, the work of artist and Cooperative Extension Educator Charles Armstrong, shows a Maine sunrise along the coast, with trees, a farm and a silhouette of a farmer walking hand in hand with his granddaughter. The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Association (MAITCA) was instrumental in the collection of more than 2,000 signatures and $40,000 from supporters of the plate, as required by law to create a new license plate design. The plate will be available for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and farm vehicles.

Additional information about how to secure a copy of the new plates is available from MAITCA. As with all specialty plates, an additional fee of $20 is required to receive the specially designed Agriculture plate. All pre-paid plate holders will be mailed a voucher to pick up their new plates at the site where they register their vehicle. For information and up-dates visit, e-mail or call (207) 287-5522.