Tobacco research referendum to be held


The Yadkin County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The polling location is the Yadkin Extension Center located at 209 E. Elm St. in downtown Yadkinville. For questions, contact the Yadkin Extension Center at 336-679-2061.

The referendum is being held to let tobacco growers decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program. This program has been in place since 1991, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support tobacco research and education. The assessment is 10 cents per hundred pounds of tobacco produced in North Carolina. The funds, about $300,000 annually, are collected at buying stations by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and then allocated by the Tobacco Research Commission to research and extension projects for tobacco at NC State University.

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