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“Nickels for Know-How Referendum” Vote to be held Nov. 17

Sep 19, 2022

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Cumberland County has established a polling station for the “Nickels for Know-How Referendum” which will be held November 17.  This site is located at the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office, 301 East Mountain Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28306.

The referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program.

A two-thirds favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education. The assessment is fifteen cents per hundred pounds on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina.

The program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

Approximately $1.4 million annually are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. These funds are then allocated by the N.C. Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.'s 148 volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and Extension projects at North Carolina State University. The intent is to benefit agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum, please call the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension office at 910-321-6860.          

For accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Lisa Childers at 910-321-6880, no later than five business days before the event.

ABOUT N.C. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State Extension, The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and local government partners statewide. Extension delivers research-based education and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T that enriches the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians. Extension professionals in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee provide educational programs specializing in agriculture, youth, communities, health, and the environment.