Nickels for Know-How referendum set

Published 2:08 pm Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Stanly County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Nov. 17.

County Extension Director Molly Alexi said the polling place has been established as the County Extension Office at 26032 E. Newt Road, Albemarle.

Alexi 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 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 North Carolina State University benefiting agriculture in North Carolina.

For more information on the referendum, call the County Extension Office at 704-983-3987.