County Nickels for Know-How Referendum Announcement

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

County Nickels for Know-How Referendum

The Jackson and Swain County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2016.

Robert Hawk, County Extension Director said polling places have been established in the County. The polling locations are as follows:

  1. Jackson and Swain County Extension Office

Hawk explained that the referendum is being held to let users and produces 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 2/3 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 funds, about $1.4 million annually, are collected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and then allocated by the NC Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc.’s 148 volunteer Board of Directors to support agricultural research and extension projects at NC State University benefiting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum please call your County Extension Office at: 586-4009 – Jackson or 488-3848 – Swain.