County Tobacco Research Referendum Announcement

— Written By and last updated by Kate Holt
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The Onslow County Tobacco Research Referendum will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Melissa Huffman, Agricultural Extension Agent, said the Onslow County polling place will be established at the Onslow County Cooperative Extension Office, 4024 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28540.

                                                                                                                                      

Huffman explained that 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 ten 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.

For more information on the referendum please call your County Extension Office at: (910) 455-5873.