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Tax check-off program promotes "agricultural literacy" for Montana students

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 16:21:21-05

GREAT FALLS — The State of Montana has a voluntary tax check-off designation for Agricultural Literacy.

The Montana Farm Burea Federation says that money raised through this program is used to provide materials and agricultural curriculum to teachers and schools across the state, providing adequate knowledge of agriculture for students.

Rikki Swant, vice chair of the Montana Ag in the Classroom Foundation, explained why the program is important: "Ag in the classroom is an important part of every Montana student's education, and in order to preserve our knowledge and heritage of our state's number one industry, which is agriculture."

Rebecca Colnar of the MFBF says if you would like to contribute, all you have to do on your 2019 Montana tax return is choose the voluntary check-off program.

Whether you are using a tax preparer or completing the tax form yourself, check line 69c on the long tax form or 18c on the EZ form. Donating $5, $10 or another amount will benefit the agricultural knowledge of our youth.