Nickels for Know-How Referendum

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The Burke County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on
Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Spring Williams-Byrd, Burke County Cooperative Extension Director, said 3 polling places have been established in the county and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The polling locations are as follows:

Burke County Cooperative Extension Office:
130 Ammons Drive, Morganton, NC  28655

Belle Farm:
3851 Kathy Rd, Morganton, NC 28655

Homer’s Feed and Seed
305 3rd Street, Hildebran, NC 28637

Spring Williams-Byrd 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 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 ton 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 the Burke County Extension Office at (828) 764-9480.