‘Nickels for Know-How’ vote set for Nov. 1

Published 6:11 pm Wednesday, August 31, 2016

From Hyde County Cooperative Extension 

The Hyde County Nickels for Know-How referendum will be held on Nov. 1.

Natalie B. Wayne, Hyde County Extension director, said one polling place has been established in the county. The polling place is located at: the Extension office, 30 Oyster Creek Road, Swan Quarter.

Wayne explained that the referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years.

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 15 cents per ton on feed and fertilizer produced in North Carolina.

The funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the N.C. Agricultural Foundation’s 148-volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at N.C. State University, benefitting agriculture in the state.

For more information on the referendum, please call the county Extension office at 252-926-4486.